Keri

Keri

Co-Editor at Ladies What Travel
A freelance copywriter and journalist by trade, Keri is also a complete travel fanatic. She adores warm climates, luxury experiences, animals and cake – hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!
Keri

Visiting stonehenge

Spring has finally sprung: the sun’s returned and the days are getting longer, which means it’s time for me to unwrap myself from my sofa blanket, change out of my winter onesie and start going on some local travel adventures!

Yes, I admit going into hibernation mode each winter, but with the arrival of spring it’s like there’s a metamorphosis – I’ve suddenly got a skip in my step and I’m eager to get out and about. It’s always nice to head off on a weekend getaway for sure, but I also love to go exploring the local area, discovering all the nearby sights and events.

Don’t forget about the adventures on your doorstep!

Sadly a lot of travel lovers overlook the opportunities for adventure on their doorstep, instead focusing on the next weekender or planning that far-flung adventure. But I’m here to remind you that you don’t have to fly thousands of miles or spend a fortune to experience something amazing. Why not instead uncover some of the wonderful things to do and see just a short walk, cycle or drive from your front door?

As you can tell, Spring is always what spurs me to action, mainly because this when a lot of local events start ramping up in my part of the world. Based in Wiltshire, Spring equals lambing season and a chance to go along to one of the Lackham Lambing Weekends, and as I’m a sucker for all creatures great and small, its become an annual tradition in my house. It’s also when a lot of the country fairs start up, so I’m always up for a chance to thrash my friends and family at skittles and show my lack of throwing skills at the coconut shy!

But wherever you are, and whatever the time of year, I bet there’s a great range of things to see and do your local area. With this in mind, here are some handy hints and tips to help you make the most of these local travel opportunities.

Find out what's going on near you!
Find out what’s going on near you!
Why not pick up some books on local walks or grab an ordinance survey map?
Why not pick up some books on local walks or grab an ordinance survey map?

Do your research

Whenever you go on holiday I bet you order Rough Guide or Lonely Planet book, right? Or perhaps you head online to find out what there is to see and do? Either way, the majority of us will spend some time researching our destination and making plans.

However, very few of us really take the time to look at what there is nearby. So why not order a guidebook to your nearest city to find out what’s on offer – I bet you’ll discover several things you knew nothing anything about’ Also Google “Things to do” in your hometown, county or state to put together a bigger picture of all the things you could be out doing after work.

If you’re looking for something special to do the coming weekend say, then be sure to pick up a local newspaper– these are great for discovering special events taking place. Also keep your eyes open when you’re travelling to work. Local fairs and fetes often have signs on the side of the road with their dates on, and you may well see some event posters up at the train station.

Go local this weekend

There are 52 weekends a year; maybe several will be spent on special trips away, but I bet the majority get squandered either on Netflix marathons or getting those long overdue crappy jobs done around the house.

Well why not also make plans to spend a little of your weekend getting out and about locally – once you’ve done your research you’ll have a huge list of things to choose from, so pick something that takes your fancy and go have a great day out!

It doesn’t have to anything big either. After an operation last year my doctor recommended I start doing short walks to improve my mobility, and now I adore wandering around my village, uncovering hidden paths and the secrets they hold…

I found a gorgeous little woodland walk on the outskirts of my village.
I found a gorgeous little woodland walk on the outskirts of my village.
daffodil pond, spring
Beauty on your doorstep!

Be a tourist in your hometown

When you’re visiting somewhere new you’re always out and about, taking in the sights and sounds and experiencing as much of the place as you can. But how many of us go to museums and galleries when on holiday yet wouldn’t think of doing it at home? I have to hold my hand up for that.

So why not look at your hometown differently and be a tourist for the day? Find out if there’s a local museum, take a stroll down the side streets you’e always walked by or perhaps visit some of the shops, cafes and restaurants run by local business owners. Even see if there are any interesting tours you can take part in. Maybe there won’t be any if you’re in a small town, but your nearest city is bound to have walks covering everything from history and food to ghost stories and comedy trails.

It’s a concept you can embrace during your working week too, open your eyes and be mindful to everything around you. Try out new things – take a different route to work or go for a walk when you get home, you’ll learn to appreciate everything your local area has to offer.

Also don’t overlook your nearest big tourist attractions. Many of us never make it to the stately homes or animal parks down the road – one day we say, one day. Well make one day today, and go check it out. Remember, it’s a tourist attraction for a reason!

Feeding the lemurs at a local wildlife park.
Feeding the lemurs at a local wildlife park.

Do you make the most of what’s near you or would you say you take it for granted? I’d love to hear your thoughts on being a tourist in your home town, so please do share your experiences in the comments below!Â

 

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12 thoughts on “Adventure on your doorstep – making the most of local travel opportunities

  1. Great feature! It’s true that many people don’t seem to make the most of (or in some cases, know about!) the attractions in their local area, and I’m very guilty of this. There are some good tips and I like the personal touch with details and photos of your own local adventures 🙂

    1. Thanks Ania! I bet there’s lots of cool things to do down your way – you’ll have to do some research and let me know what you find!

      1. Absolutely, and you should come and join me for some adventures near here!

        I’ve just had a weekend in the south west and had a visit to Buckfast Abbey near where my mum lives – that’s one of their local treasures 🙂

        1. Yes, totally should – lets have a chat about it when we meet on Saturday! Glad you had a good weekend – see you soon! x

  2. You’re spot on with this Keri! There are MANY top London famous attractions that I’ve still never bothered to see from the inside despite tourists coming all over the world to do just that and I remember, near my parents house in the suburbs, there’s this absolutely gorgeous hilly park area, which is apparently really quite famous and until a few years ago, when an American friend of ours came to stay and found it on trip advisor, we had no idea it even existed!

  3. Make a list of them Shikha and try to visit one maybe once a month! You’re so lucky to have those things so close – I have to do an hour and a half train journey to get there lol!

    Hilarious about the park, but we’re all guilty of it. Since I moved down to Wiltshire I’ve found out about loads of cool sounding things and places back in Hertfordshire that I never knew about when I lived there!

  4. Oh you’re right about many of those 52 weekends being squandered on Netflix and chores >_<

    Love the lemur pic! I've actually got a lemur experience coming up soon!

    1. Ha ha, it’s easily done, right? Aww thanks re the pic – I adore animals and it was such a great experience. Hope you love it as much as I did. They’re so fluffy! 😉

  5. I love this post Keri! There is something exciting about finding something new which is right on your back door step – and hello Teashop walks…I may need to move to Wiltshire xx

    1. So true!

      Yup, got so excited when I found that book – still need to do one though! Now the weather’s getting better I think it’s gotta be done. Well when you tick of Wiltshire maybe we could meet up and do one ourselves?! x

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