Don’t get me wrong. I love travelling to faraway countries, trying new foods and going on grand adventures. I am also a big fan of travelling locally. I think my love for local travel definitely began when I became an expat in The Netherlands and was trying to get to know the country I found myself in. I have been in the UK for two years now, and my love for travelling locally has not slowed down. This is part of the reason I wanted to start my project this summer. I think it is so important to explore the world around you; you don’t need to buy a £600 plane ticket every time you get the itch.
In the past couple of weeks alone I have visited the House of Bones, watched a Nepalese dance show, spent the day in a town that dates back before the 11th Century, and eaten the most delicious authentic Caribbean food you can imagine. Every ‘trip’ was less than a two hour bus ride, and most were in walking distance. My summer is jam-packed with festivals, heritage events, sightseeing, and trying out new adventure sports. I am an advocate for the travel local movement, (if there isn’t one there should be) and I am a firm believer that no matter your circumstance or location, there are incredible things to experience around you every day. Money should never stop you from embarking on an adventure. Take a walk down a street you have never explored, or visit that random museum you pass on your way to work everyday. We live in an incredible world and taking the first step to travel local will put you on a path of exciting discoveries and a lifetime of rewarding experiences.
What are some of the best attractions in your neighborhood?