Last weekend, I (Laura) went on a little trip to the Peak District (UK). Was I bursting with excitement? No. Would I have been bursting with excitement if I was getting on a plane somewhere else? Yes.
It was, however, something of a revelatory weekend for me. No passports, security checks, claustrophobic planes, or terrifying few hours floating in the skies – just a short drive and voila: I was somewhere completely new. We stayed in a wonderful cottage and spent the weekend enjoying long dog walks and pub dinners. By the end, I felt totally relaxed and no different to if I had spent the weekend far away. What was also surprising was that my weekend pictures on Instagram were hugely popular. Whilst I thought they were OK, verging on boring, people really appreciated them. To me, they were pictures of some fields, cottages and cows – British stuff we see most days. But to others they were a world away from where they are and so exciting. Maybe even beautiful?! We both lived and studied in Oxford for a few years, another place that although beautiful, isn’t somewhere we would choose to visit regularly. Yet, ironically, people travel thousands and thousands of miles to see the dreaming spires every summer. It’s frustrating not to be able to see what they can see, but a reminder to understand the importance of appreciating the present moment and the beauty that is on your doorstep. A travel blog doesn’t always have to be about South East Asia or a heavenly beach just off South America. Home is beautiful too.
Although travel is incredible, it also takes the magic away from home. We get so fixated with other places, we forget that where we live is special in itself. And what better way to beat the post-travel blues then by genuinely enjoying the sites and sounds of your own home? We’ve therefore decided to persevere with trying to see a little more of the country we live in, through the eyes of a tourist. In fact, we’ve decided to make a new years resolution to explore more of the UK next year, and try to appreciate what we have on our doorstep.
And in the meantime, if anyone has any tips on enjoying your own country and satisfying the ‘itchy feet’ problem without leaving home, let us know (you’ll save us a fortune).