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.
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…
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!
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