When did you last do something impromptu? Like taking a fresh, early morning walk instead of lying in bed compiling mental ‘to-do’ lists? Like driving home after work and, instead of muddling over the usual conundrum about what to cook for supper, just carrying on past your turning and heading to the coast for fish and chips? Like inviting friends round for supper with only half an hour’s notice instead of turning on the TV or working into the evening? Like jumping in the car and enjoying a change of scenery over a long-weekend instead of doing household tasks? Like staying up to gaze at the night sky instead of going to bed after the ten o’clock news, just because that’s what you’ve always done? In fact, when was the last time you just ignored the clock and your mobile phone and went with your gut? Like playing truant at nobody else’s expense and saving yourself from those self-inflicted chores?
Sometimes, instead of thinking about it, you should just do it. Somerset is the perfect playground for the spontaneous; less than a two-hour drive from London, three hours from the Midlands, one hour from Bristol and on your doorstep even if you live in Taunton, Somerset is a short-break haven. Do it on your own or do it with friends; last-minute breaks are totally therapeutic and cost-effective. Tuck up in your perfect bolthole, from old farmhouses to coastal retreats, and relax by the fire or in the hot tub with a cool drink. Head for the hills, as they say – Exmoor, the Mendips, the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills – or bring your bikes and go off the beaten track on the Somerset Levels. Push yourself and follow the old drover’s tracks and trails; a worthy challenge for even the highest-tech mountain bikes! Curl up in the evening and enjoy the beautiful night sky, free of light pollution and packed with countless, twinkling stars. Explore the towns and wander through unfamiliar streets. Take some time for yourself and, whatever takes your fancy, be spontaneous in Somerset.