It’s been a while since I entered a blog post competition, so when I was asked to take part in a campaign run by Jersey.com, I jumped at the chance. Jersey is a place I’ve never been to. In fact, truth be told, I don’t think it ever would have crossed my radar had it not been for the email that dropped into my inbox last week. But, when I started to read up on the island I became fascinated.
To enter the competition, I was asked to read up on what Jersey has to offer and to write a post about my perfect itinerary. What a great way to make sure we really get to know the place inside and out! The prize for the best itinerary is a press trip to Jersey and, now I’ve come up with my own three-day plan, I’d be really excited to win!
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
How many people could accurately pinpoint Jersey on a map? I know I couldn’t before today, and that’s pretty shocking given that I’m British and Jersey lies in the English Channel. It’s actually less than 90 miles south of Great Britain and really close to parts of Normandy where I spent my childhood holidays.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and, although it’s ‘attached to the English Crown’, its international identity is separate from that of the UK.
Jersey may be small, but it really packs a punch in terms of what you can do there. Its gorgeous coastline is perfect for hiking, sunbathing or splashing around in rock pools and, thanks to its location south of Britain, it gets a more generous supply of sunshine. Inland, a network of country tracks provides the perfect terrain for a cycle ride or some hacking on horseback, with gorgeous views over the ocean. Attractions include a wildlife park, ancient castle, beautiful gardens and a military museum. After an active day, there are some fantastic spas to unwind in, as well as a range of budget to top-quality seafood restaurants. What’s more, the island plays host to some fantastic annual events, including a music festival and a ‘celebration of making cider’. I say bring the two together! Jersey is incredibly easy to get to from the UK, with ferries from the south coast taking just 4 hours, and super-fast flights from London Gatwick.
THE PERFECT ITINERARY
My travel style is sometimes quite paradoxical. I’m not that much of a foodie and while I get giddy with excitement over posh hotels, I’m probably more in my comfort zone camping below the stars. My sole reason for visiting a destination is to discover as much of it as possible and to do whichever activities I can find that sound the most unique, adventurous, memorable and sociable. I’d rather spend a week in a tent or hostel mingling with other travellers and then splash out on one massage than live in a spa the whole time and feel like I can’t afford the ‘fun stuff’! That’s why my dream itinerary would be a mishmash of roughing it and splurging.
I’m a bit of an adventure junkie and, back in 2012, had the chance to fly a stunt plane in aerobatics. Since then, I’ve been itching to get back behind the ‘wheel’ of a plane. The Jersey Aero Club offers 30 minute flights around the island, where you have the chance to handle the controls of a four-seater aeroplane! I can’t think of a better way to scope out the island and get your bearings. Plus, if I did this immediately after a morning flight from London, I’d already be at the airport. How handy is that?!
I’d make a stop in St Helier for some lunch at the Lamplighter Pub and then continue over to Jersey Kayak Adventures to begin an exciting adventure kayak trip through gullies and gutters where you can try drop line fishing for your evening meal before staying overnight at Seymour Tower, 1 mile off the coast of Jersey. This ‘stone tent’ is totally isolated and a brilliant opportunity to connect with nature and really get down to basics.
After sleeping in a castle in the ocean, I’d hop back into my kayak and make the trip back to the mainland to check into another strange accommodation option. In addition to being a fantastic sanctuary for thousands of species, Durrell Wildlife Camp offers the unique opportunity to stay overnight in a luxury glamping ‘pod’!
I’d check out the inhabitants for a couple of hours before heading over to Absolute Adventures for a spot of Blokarting. I always love to try new activities and this is pretty unique. A cross between go karting and sailing, this has apparently proved to be a great way to pick up the techniques you need when sailing on the water. It also looks like one hell of a lot of fun!
I’d grab food at Le Braye, before heading back to my pod for a calming night’s sleep surrounded by jungle sounds.
On day three, I’d take a stroll to the small fishing port of Rozel Bay for sunrise and an al fresco bacon butty at The Hungry Man, and then spend the morning coasteering with Jersey Adventures. This is something I’ve never done before but always wanted to try. I love jumping off boats, cliffs and platforms, so a couple of hours spent leaping into the ocean and swimming through caves and tunnels would be right up my street.
After so much adventure and a couple of nights braving unusual accommodation, I’m sure I’d be exhausted, and the perfect way to unwind would be to visit one of the island’s many spas for a couple of hours. I’d imagine a hot tub or jacuzzi would be very welcome after splashing around in the ocean all morning. Hostel de France in St Helier has an indoor infinity pool, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms and treatments on offer. The perfect end to the perfect itinerary in the perfect destination!
Of course, if I happened to be staying one more night, and that one more night happened to be a Tuesday, I don’t think I’d be able to resist the delights of karaoke at nearby Chambers!
CREATE YOUR OWN ITINERARY
Escape to Jersey have launched an interactive tool on their site, where you can select real video footage and pull it together into a tailor-made video to see what your perfect trip might look like. Head on over and you too could win a tailor-made trip to Jersey!