Explore your own Backyard. Domestic Travel.
People are always telling me to go ‘Explore your own back yard.’ After travelling around Asia, America, Australia and New Zealand for the last 8 years I have met so many people who had seen more of my own country than I had.
I know this is pretty normal but it made me feel like I was missing out on some really cool stuff that was only a few hours away by car. I was sick of hearing how awesome Edinburgh was or being asked how the stones of Stonehenge had got there and having to say that I had never been. So, last year I made a pact with myself that I would explore more of the UK.
I planned trips to Stonehenge, Edinburgh and rural Scotland. I travelled around Ireland by bus and drove from London to Scotland via the Cotswolds, the Peak District and the Lake District. These are all stunning places that were on my doorstep that I had never been to!
Don’t get me wrong, I also went to Australia and New Zealand last year but the time spent exploring my own country made for one of the best years I have ever had. I saw my country through the eyes of a tourist and I enjoyed what I saw.
Now that international travel is paused, this is the perfect time for us all to be exploring our own backyards! Support your local businesses and your country’s economy and plan a trip somewhere you have always wanted to go, or somewhere nearby that you’ve never got around to exploring!
Hire a boat, do a city tour of a city you think you know, visit the big tourist attraction that you always try to avoid. Head to your local cafe and chat to your locals, if you don’t already. Learn about your town, your culture – pay it the attention you always pay when you’re on holiday.
This is obviously going to be more fun if you live somewhere exotic but everywhere has something to offer. You probably wonder why there are tourists in your home town and now is the time to find out! Go be a tourist in your own back yard and have something to boast about next time you’re away from home.