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). Why not instead enjoy little trips?
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.
- 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. See how to find good dog walks, to learn about safe dog walking and following the Countryside Code (to keep dogs and livestock safe).
- 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 the car.
- Travel Hacks is a useful little book for frequent travellers, to make life easier. Dan offers a handy guide, whether you are jetting off for a week or a year. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from making space in your suitcase to keeping mosquitoes at bay. Also learn how to relax on the beach without getting sandy, save money on trips and stop airport staff flinging your luggage around.