When I first started driving, I used to love going out on my own or with friends for days out or just in and around the local area. I was in a long distance relationship at one point and I loved getting in my car, putting on a good CD and just driving.
Over the past couple of years, my anxiety got really bad and I no longer drove much at all. I would, in fact, actively avoid driving unless I really had to and I lost that passion and enjoyment for the open road. Fortunately, through cognitive behavioural therapy, I have rediscovered my love of driving and I have been making longer and longer journeys on my own and with my family.
I think my favourite place to drive is the New Forest. We are very close by in Bournemouth, and quite regularly venture into the area on weekends and during school holidays just to get out and about and take in the beautiful scenery.
The roads are sometimes a little narrow and winding, but for the views, it is definitely up there as a nice place to drive around.
It’s also somewhere we drive through reguarly when visiting family in County Durham
or Essex, so it is a route I am comfortable and confident with, which really helps my anxiety.
When we were looking to replace our old car, car leasing
is something we looked into as it was a more affordable option than buying a car outright. Lease Car, one of the UK’s top car leasing specialists, recently spoke to several bloggers about their favourite locations to drive in, as part of a post looking into the UK’s Best Drives
and it’s given me all the inspiration to get out there and travel around England more. We live in such a beautiful country and I want to explore with Ed and the kids. It’s prompted me to book a little staycation
over Easter near Newquay in Cornwall. It isn’t too far to travel but is such a beautiful area of the country – I can’t wait!
This is a collaborative post with Lease Car, however all words are my own.