Oh this is just ripper folks:-
It’s that time of year when all your mates are jetting off to far-flung shores and seemingly can’t get through their hols without posting at least twenty selfies a day to FB, grinning inanely in front of some gorgeous minaret or sun-drenched coastline while you slave away in your stuffy office in the sad knowledge that you can barely afford a coach trip to Bognor*.
Well now you can wow your friends by pretending you’ve been somewhere exotic: UK-based phone company Three has come up with “the top places to trick your friends into thinking you’re abroad this summer with no need to even leave the country, in a newly commissioned list of ‘Top 10 UK Holiday Fake Spots’.
The list consists of 10 different locations spanning right across the UK – from the Scottish Highlands right down to the beaches of Cornwall – that bear an uncanny resemblance to foreign destinations. By visiting one of the sites, you’ll be able to up jazz up your social media feed and trick your friends into thinking you’ve jetted off somewhere exotic, without actually having set foot out of the UK.”
Selfie stick anyone..?!
Locations on the list include the Norfolk lavender fields, which don’t look too dissimilar from the highly-desirable Provence Vineyards of France.
And Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall, could pass, given the right angle, for the Loire Valley.
The pretty tourist town of Portmerion in Wales was suggested as a lookalike of Italy’s colourful Amalfi Coast.
And Brighton’s stately Pavilion could, to the untrained eye, resemble India’s sprawling Taj Mahal.
Danny Dixon, of Three, said: ‘It’s easy to forget about the immense amount of beauty – both natural and man-made – prevalent across the UK that, if set in a more glamorous holiday destination, would probably get a lot more social media love than it currently does.
‘The list we’ve created aims to celebrate some of these sites, while also providing people that aren’t able to get away this summer with a fun way of tricking friends into thinking they’ve jetted off abroad.’
The Top 10 list in full is:
|UK location||Abroad location|
|Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall||Loire Valley, France|
|St Michaels Mount, Cornwall||Mont St Michel, France|
|Norfolk Lavender Fields||Provence Vineyards, France|
|Chinatown, Liverpool||Shanghai, China|
|Portmerion, Wales||Amalfi Coast, Italy|
|Brighton Pavilion, Brighton||Taj Mahal, India|
|Wasdale Valley, Lake District||Yosemite, USA|
|Cheddar Gorge, Somerset||Mount Sunday, New Zealand|
|Achmelvich Beach, Scotland||Porto Pomos, Cyprus|
|Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales||Gylmur, Iceland|
* Bognor Regis is a small seaside town on the south coast of England, renowned as one of the UK’s first holiday resorts