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Travel around the world... in Britain!
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Travel around the world... in Britain!

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 15 minute read

California, Bermuda, New York, Florence, Egypt: They're all iconic holiday spots, thousands of miles away and currently tricky to get to, right?

Wrong. In fact, holidaymakers can physically visit all of these destinations without setting foot outside the UK. That’s because these glorious places are actually located right here in Britain. They just happen to share their names with some slightly more famous holiday destinations!

Admittedly Egypt in Buckinghamshire might not come with the other Egypt’s weather or ancient pyramids. But for the two thirds (64%) of Britons that remain unsure, anxious or outright against holidays abroad this year, a week-long holiday in the green and pleasant land of England’s Egypt, or one of the several other British places with foreign names, might be just the ticket.

Staycations are big business right now, so help you plan a UK holiday to a place with an international namesake, we’ve created a set of postcard travel guides to some of Britain’s most exotic-sounding destinations.

Designed in the style of vintage travel postcards by artist and illustrator Dani Caricciardi, each local holiday destination has its own unique postcard, which includes a range of fun things to see and do, as well our recommended Love Home Swap homes to stay in during your visit. The only real question is where will you choose to go first?!

Top 10 UK destinations with international names

  1. 1. California
  2. 2. Melbourne
  3. 3. Moscow
  4. 4. Egypt
  5. 5. Toronto
  6. 6. New York
  7. 7. Bermuda
  8. 8. Hollywood
  9. 9. Florence
  10. 10. Holland

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California
(Norfolk)

About California

A seaside resort with a gorgeous sandy beach, that just happens to be in Great Yarmouth. Visit the UK's California on a hot summer’s day, listen to The Beach Boys, and you might just feel like you’re on Santa Monica Beach – albeit with some delicious fish and chips.

You can’t visit California and not go to the lovely California Beach – with its combination of white sand and shingles, you’re bound to feel like you’re in America! Once you’ve gorged yourself on ice cream and made a sandcastle or two, take a family-friendly day trip to Sea Life, which is just down the road from California. Alternatively, head to Merrivale Model Village which is an enchanting theme park that is the perfect day out for the whole family. Set in over an acre of award-winning landscaped gardens that boast streams, waterfalls, a lake and mini golf, you can easily lose a few hours marvelling at the model village and garden railway.

Fun fact: California’s name can be traced to the discovery of 16th-century gold coins on the beach in 1848, coinciding with the Californian ‘gold rush' in America.

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Home swaps near California, UK

This thatched cottage on the river (13.1 miles away)
This country cottage in the heart of the Norfolk Broads (13.3 miles away)

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Melbourne
(Derbyshire)

About Melbourne

Melbourne is a quintessentially British market town that happens to share its name with the second most populated city in Australia. Just like its Australian namesake, the small town of Melbourne in Derbyshire boasts a bustling food scene with plenty of award-winning restaurants to visit. After all that incredible food, you’ll be in need of some fresh air and exercise! The National Trust’s Calke Abbey, a country house estate located near Ticknall, is home to some of the oldest trees in England and is well worth a visit – pack a picnic and your walking shoes for a fantastic day out. 18th century Melbourne Hall is one of the best-known historic houses and gardens in the country, so if the sun is shining, heading here is a must – make sure you take a leisurely stroll around these beautiful gardens to discover the iconic birdcage and the Yew tunnel.

Fun fact: Derbyshire’s Melbourne means ‘mill stream’ and was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. The town was once home to the father of modern tourism, Thomas Cook.

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Home swaps near Melbourne, UK

This stunning cottage within a gated community (8 miles away)
This large family home just outside Derby (12.2 miles away)
This spacious apartment in sleepy Long Eaton (12.5 miles away)

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Moscow
(Ayrshire)

About Moscow

Swap the Red Square for red tractors in Ayrshire’s rural Moscow, which is a Scottish hamlet that shares the precise latitude of the Russian capital. You don’t need to visit the Kremlin or St Basil’s Cathedral when you can day trip to Dumfries House in Ayrshire which is surrounded by two miles of land to explore. Adults will love the unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture, while children will adore the maze and adventure playground (plus, it’s free to visit!) If you’re a mountain-biking enthusiast then head to Galloway Forest Park, which claims to be the largest forest in the UK. While you’re in the Forest Park why not hike up the hilltop for sunset? The views are incredible - but the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is the real star of the show for star gazing like never before.

Fun fact: The origins of this Moscow’s name are disputed, with theories ranging from ancient Celtic origins to being a reference to Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.

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Home swaps near Moscow, UK

This home set within a 2000-acre country estate (6 miles away)
This 700-year-old house set in 200-acres of parkland (6 miles away)
This cosy cottage with countryside views (7.9 miles away)

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Egypt
(Buckinghamshire)

About Egypt

Less Nile and more country pile, the village of Egypt is wooded, green, leafy and the perfect place for a peaceful holiday. Fancy a family day out? Then head to Odd’s Farm Park for animal petting and feeding, plus activities ranging from karting to crazy golf. For something more peaceful, enjoy a few hours surrounded by beautiful woodlands in Burnham Beaches and Stoke Common, which is a hot favourite with dogs and their canine families! Alternatively, enjoy the perfect balance of peaceful countryside activities with a dose of pampering with a day trip to the National Trust’s Cliveden Gardens. Take a stroll around the gorgeous gardens, explore the maze, try your hand at boating on the River Thames – then enjoy a treatment at the spa or a dip in the pool.

Fun fact: Locals think the name derives from the Greek word for Romani travellers, who may have had an encampment in the area.

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Home swaps near Egypt, UK

This stunning family home near Windsor (3.3 miles away)
This cosy Victorian home (8.6 miles away)
Spacious family home in a quaint village (9.8 miles away)

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Toronto
(County Durham)

About Toronto

Can’t get to the Niagara Falls right now? Then take a day trip to the High Force Waterfalls in Teesdale, which is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. If it’s raining then you’ll be particularly lucky, as the waterfalls are even more breathtaking after a heavy downpour. Barnard Castle, a short drive away from Durham’s Toronto, is a real treat. As one of the most historic castles in the north of England, the ruins are the ideal place for a fun day out – make sure you pop into the sensory garden. Hunting for the ultimate Instagram backdrop? Then Newton Cap Viaduct is precisely what you’re looking for. The ten stone arches that carried the railway across the river are a great photo spot, and history buffs will be delighted to hear that the viaduct is a fine example of Victorian engineering too.

Fun fact: Toronto in County Durham is named after the Canadian city.

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Home swaps near Toronto, UK

This large family home in the stunning Weardale (5.4 miles away)
This period terrace home near Durham (10.8 miles away)
This old station master’s house in picturesque Teesdale (19.8 miles away)

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New York
(Lincolnshire)

About New York

A sleepy hamlet in Lincolnshire that’s a world away from the skyscrapers of Manhattan but is even more green than Central Park. Take a stroll around Belton House, a National Trust country estate which has formal Italian and Dutch gardens and a historic deer park on-site. Visit nearby Lincoln to walk the Roman Lincoln Trail to see remains of the ancient city, then head to the NYC-themed Witham and Blues restaurant – or hop down the road and visit the equally American-named town of Boston. For a dose of the feel-goods, forget the USA’s New York Aquarium and instead visit the Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre in the coastal town of Mablethorpe. Working to rehabilitate sick and injured seals, this incredible sanctuary is a huge hit with kids of all ages.

Fun fact: The UK's New York was named after the city of York, unlike its American namesake which takes its name from 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart.

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Home swaps near New York, UK

This cosy cottage in a quiet rural village (6.4 miles away)
This timber, architect-designed home in a Georgian market town (23.1 miles away)

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Bermuda
(Warwickshire)

About Bermuda

Bermuda is an archetypal English village, with rows of brick cottages and leafy streets. Just a half an hour drive away is Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, once home to Queen Elizabeth I. As one of the UK’s most iconic historical sites, it’d be a crime to not climb the tower to admire the ruins, before heading to the Stables Tearoom. Adrenalin junkies and nature lovers will both find plenty of great activities at Bosworth Water Park. This 50-acre leisure park boasts a huge 20 acres of lakes for dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and fishing. If history is more your thing, then take a 40-minute drive to Shakespeare’s birthplace – a restored 16th century half-timbered house. Located in the lovely medieval market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, you’ll find plenty to see and do.

Fun fact: Bermuda was named after a local landowner who was the former Governor of the islands of Bermuda. Bermuda was originally a small pit village to house workers of a nearby colliery.

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Home swaps near Bermuda, UK

This rural family home in a small village (5.9 miles away)
This modern family home in the historic village of Hampton-In-Arden (9.4 miles away)
This large Victorian home in Leicester (21.7 miles away)

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Hollywood
(Worcestershire)

About Hollywood

You wouldn’t visit the real Hollywood without going to one of its weird and wonderful museums, so why not try a museum that's dedicated to chocolate and visit Cadbury’s World near Worcestershire instead? Take a guided tour, then try to resist the gift shop! For something less calorific, take a stroll around Worcester Cathedral, then enjoy a walk in the Worcester Woods Country Park - or opt for a more sedate end to your day with a picnic overlooking the River Severn. Kids in town? Then enjoy a playful and creative day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

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Home swaps near Hollywood, UK

This cosy terrace house with period features (4.1 miles away)
This modern family home in the historic village of Hampton-In-Arden (9.4 miles away)

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Florence
(Staffordshire)

About Florence

The Italian Florence is known for its culture, Renaissance art, architecture and monuments - and the UK version is equally delightful! Pay a visit to The Trentham Estate which is home to the award-winning Trentham Gardens. Walk around the beautiful mile-long lake, and explore the woodland, maze and gardens - and don't forget to keep an eye out for the incredible wooden sculptures and wire fairies! Next, take a trip to the World of Wedgwood which has something for every age group. With demonstrations, hands-on clay fun, factory tours and shopping, it's the perfect day-trip for the whole family. If you're passionate about nature (who isn't?!) then head to Trentham Monkey Forest which is home to 140 monkeys.

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Home swaps near Florence, UK

This cosy cottage in a charming market town (23 miles away)
This country home on a private estate (20 miles away)
This family home on the edge of the Peak District (23 miles away)

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Holland
(Surrey)

About Holland

When visiting the Dutch version of Holland, you would almost certainly squeeze in a visit to one of the three main canals, so instead why not take a stroll along Basingstoke Canal and soak up the views? RHS Garden Wisley is a short drive away from Holland in Surrey and well worth a visit – don’t forget to leave with a houseplant! Continuing the horticultural theme, Titsey Place and Gardens is an impressive manor house with beautiful gardens. Dating back to the 16th century, the expansive parkland is home to a herd of cattle, and the rose garden is dazzlingly gorgeous. Round off the day with a trip to the Tea Rooms for a traditional English cream tea.

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Home swaps near Holland, UK

This family home short distance from London and Brighton (9 miles away)
This large family home on the outskirts of London (12.7 miles away)

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