Take short little enjoyable trips out sometimes, rather than huge great travel adventures. So many times in modern life, people are taking big trips: vacations to Disneyland, flying around the world, or even driving miles and miles to ‘visit’ a specific place, often owned by someone big (say a National Trust property in England). But instead, why not make a habit of enjoying little trips out?
Make a real day of it: a quick trip to the local shop to buy a newspaper and bread, or a nice walk with your dog in the local forest or by the seaside. Visit the local tourist office and ask for free walking and cycling maps, and discover areas you didn’t know about. Or simply meet a friend for coffee, and enjoy a drink and a chat, without all the stress: just amble back home.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. Gilbert K. Chesterton
- You know those tour buses that ferry holidaymakers around, giving them a guided history? Why not take one yourself, to discover a lot more about where you live.
- Likewise, many towns and cities offer guided walking tours. These are often taken with trained actors, and good fun.
- Walkiees (UK) helps you discover the best dog walks across the country. The walks are submitted by dog walkers, with useful tips and handy hints.
- Live in the UK? Apply for a free older person’s bus pass or disabled person’s bus pass. Both enable you to travel nationwide for free, at off-peak times. Discover towns and villages near you, and you don’t even have to bother with getting the car out of the garage.
Music Break: Stuck in Nowhere
This fun song is by Caro Emerald, a classically-trained jazz singer from The Netherlands (although her mother is from Aruba, a small island in the Caribbean sea).