Do you have a place where you just know you’re going to feel good? Somewhere you can just be completely yourself and entirely at ease?
I feel that way whenever I pay a visit to Brighton. It’s just such a vibrant, happy and accepting place, you can be as you are and that’s completely fine. Some of you may know that I’ve not been having the greatest of times in my personal life recently so I deliberately organised a Summer filled with travelling, adventure, friends and family to help distract me and re-find my place after such a drastic life change. I knew straight away that Brighton had to 100% be one of the places on my list.
As much as I enjoy being at home, there’s something so freeing about going somewhere different where no one really knows who you are. Relishing in the anonymity of travelling is something I really enjoy, it’s just you and this new place with no preconceptions or expectations and it makes things even better when where you are holds such a special and happy place within you.
So being in Brighton and sitting alone on the beach isn’t something sad or ‘loner-y’ for me, it’s chance to be happy and content in my own company. I took a ride on one of the pier roller coasters by myself because why not? I wanted to have a go on a roller coaster and I had the means to so why wouldn’t I go for it just because I was on my own? No one was judging, I don’t think anyone really took any notice to be honest. Sometimes it’s fun to take a solo trip and do whatever the heck you want. I then took a leisurely wander around the Lanes and had several lovely coffee and cake stops (coffee and cake anywhere is my happy place to be honest). Brighton is a place that really chills me out with it’s quirky, artsy beach city vibe, I find it to be slower placed than London so it’s the perfect place to visit when you’re needing that bit of time out.
In the evening I met up with my brother’s girlfriend who lives in Brighton (I was also staying at her house) and she took me to a picnic and a pub. I do also enjoy adventures with friends, it’s a nice balance for me after having a solo day. It was also really great that she’s a local and could show me places I wouldn’t normally think to go. Never underestimate the power of good friends during tough life times too, there’s some advice for you!
So there you have it, a little bit about Brighton and why it’s one of my many happy places. Let me know where some of yours are in the comments 🙂