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Around the World in Britain

Published in News - July 15, 2020

Feel like you’re travelling the world without leaving the UK by visiting these British places with international sounding names

California, Bermuda, New York, Florence, Egypt: classic holiday spots thousands of miles away and currently tricky if not impossible to get to, right?

Wrong. In fact, holidaymakers can physically visit all of these destinations without once setting foot outside the UK. That’s because they are all the names of places right here in Britain

Sure, Egypt in Buckinghamshire might not come with the other Egypt’s weather, cuisine or ancient pyramids. But for the two thirds (64%) of Britons that remain unsure, anxious or outright against holidays abroad this year, regardless of travel quarantines lifting, 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.

To help you plan a holiday to a UK place with an international name, 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 international sounding but actually local holiday destination have their 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. And better yet, we're also giving away free memberships to celebrate


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

Download our Around the World in Britain Guides


About California

A seaside resort and sandy beach in Great Yarmouth, you can visit the UK 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 fish and chips. 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.

Download Guide to California, UK


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) 

Discover more home swaps in Norfolk, UK



About Melbourne

Melbourne is a quintessentially British market town that happens to share its name with the second most populous city in Australia. 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. Just like its Australian namesake, Melbourne in Derbyshire boasts quite a bustling food scene with award-winning restaurants and the 18th Century Melbourne Hall is one of the best-known historic houses and gardens in the country. 

Download Guide to Melbourne, UK


Home swaps near Melbourne, UK

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

Discover more home swaps in Derbyshire, UK here



About Moscow

Swap the Red Square for red tractors in Ayrshire’s rural Moscow. A holiday in the Scottish hamlet will see visitors sharing the precise latitude of the Russian capital. 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. Nearby attractions include Dumfries House, Galloway Forest Park and the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.

Download Guide to Moscow, UK

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)

Discover more home swaps in Ayrshire, UK



About Egypt

Less Nile and more country pile, the village of Egypt is wooded, green, leafy and the perfect place for a peaceful holiday. Locals think the name derives from the Greek word for Romani travellers, who may have had an encampment in the area.

Download Guide to Egypt, UK


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)

Discover more home swaps in Buckinghamshire, UK


(County Durham)

About Toronto

Named after the Canadian city, Bishop Auckland’s Toronto might not have Lake Ontario or the Niagara Falls nearby, but it does have a splendid Victorian viaduct and it’s just a short drive from the now world-famous Barnard Castle.

Download Guide to Toronto, UK


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)

Discover more home swaps in County Durham, UK


New York

About New York

A sleepy hamlet in Lincolnshire that’s a world away from the skyscrapers of Manhattan but is just as green as upstate Empire State. Visitors can take a short drive to National Trust Belton House, eat at the NYC-themed Witham and Blues restaurant or hop down the road and visit the equally American-named town of Boston. 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.

Download Guide to New York, UK


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)

Discover more home swaps in Lincolnshire, UK


About Bermuda

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. Today it is the archetypal English village, with rows of brick cottages and leafy streets. It’s a short drive from Kenilworth Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and was once visited by TV’s Andi Peters.

Download Guide to Bermuda, UK


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)

Discover more home swaps in Warwickshire, UK



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 of chocolate and visit Cadbury’s World near Worcestershire instead. Take a stroll around Worcester Cathedral and have a picnic overlooking the River Severn. Kids in town? Enjoy a playful and creative day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

Download Guide to Hollywood, UK


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)

Discover more home swaps in Worcestershire, UK



About Florence

The real Florence is known for its culture, Renaissance art, architecture and monuments, so instead why not visit The Trentham Estate which is home to the award-winning Trentham Gardens. Lap up history and heritage with a trip to the World of Wedgwood, with demonstrations, hands-on clay fun, factory tours and shopping. Take a walk around Trentham Monkey Forest which is home to 140 monkeys.

Download Guide to Florence, UK

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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About Holland

When visiting the real Holland you would 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.

Download Guide to Holland, UK

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)

Discover more home swaps in Surrey, UK


Cancelled trip? Enter for the chance to win a Love Home Swap membership

To celebrate the launch of our Around the World in Britain postcards, we’re giving away a number of complimentary three-month memberships to Britons that had holidays cancelled in any of the international namesakes. So, if someone had a holiday cancelled in New York, USA they could arrange a free stay in New York, Lincolnshire (or in any of the UK properties on Love Home Swap).


How to enter

Enter your details here and simply attach proof of your cancelled holiday.
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