Alas, our lives aren’t always a constant flurry of airport lounges and glamorous glasses of champagne poured at 30,000 feet. Mine certainly hasn’t been – for the last 5 years I’ve been balancing a full-time job with running a blog, trying to sneak travel in as much as I can, and lately freelancing for clients.
This has meant that I have had to become creative when trying to slake my wanderlust around a 9 to 5 desk job. Luckily, I live on one of the best islands in the world. People often worry about becoming a travel blogger, thinking that they don’t jet off to all corners of the world every weekend and they won’t have enough content. Well, to that I say phooey.
This isle has wizards, giants, knights, princes, castles, ancient Raven warders and stories that never cease to amaze.
Partially, it’s a change of mindset. When you’ve lived in an area for all of your life, it’s so easy to take your home for granted – and giggle at the tourists transfixed by an ancient doorway that you’ve walked past for years.
1. Discover your local area.
I can guarantee that there is something quirky close to where you are sitting right now. An art installation, an ancient church with an incredible story, a lane with an unusual business, a mysterious museum (such as these London museums) or even a garden with a tale. Sometimes it’s a habit of looking for little plaques, a search on TripAdvisor, consulting the local tourist centre or a quick google for interesting blogposts from someone out of the area.
2. Tick off one of those ‘one day’ attractions near your home.
Whenever I visit something near one of my friend’s homes, they exclaim to me ‘ooooooooooh, I’ve never been there even though it’s 10 minutes away’ – and goodness knows that I’m guilty of it in my own home country. If you have to, borrow an out-of-town visitor and use them as an excuse to visit (I dragged my family to Hobbiton in New Zealand, and they loved it).
3. Make a new bucket list. Tick items off.
Set up a Pinterest board and put calendar reminders to save time to do stuff in your diary. Pin Instagram posts for inspiration, visit friend’s recommendations, load up the SatNav and grab a few snacks. I have London, UK and global wishlist Pinterest boards respectively – but then I’m one of life’s planners… feel free to follow them.
Ps. Want to know how to pin Instagram posts?
From the app:
- On the Instagram post you’d like to Pin, tap the three dots icon located above your post (to the right).
- Select ‘Copy Share URL’ to copy the post link to your clipboard.
- Open the Pinterest app on your phone and then tap the plus sign icon at the top right of the screen to add a new Pin
- The ‘Add a board or Pin’ menu will appear, and add the copied link
- Pick the image you’d like to Pin and finish posting as normal
From your desktop
- Visit Instagram via your browser and find the post you’d like to Pin
- Right click on the post and select ‘Open Link in New Window’
- Use the Pinterest browser button to choose the image you’d like to Pin or tap the plus sign icon, and finish posting as usual
4. Change your route.
We occasionally play a game called ‘train roulette’ where we pick a station at random, I adore following intriguing road signs on road trips and used to hop on busses not knowing where I’d end up. Sometimes just taking the B-roads instead of the usual way will take you somewhere special. For example, whilst we drove around Cornwall, getting accidentally lost on the way to the Lost Gardens of Heligan revealed breathtaking coastal scenery.
5. Adopt an expat.
We often see your home, the way that you see our homes. And we often bring exotic and tasty treats.
6. Take advantage of the good weather.
Wake up one morning and the forecast is for amazing sunshine and an afternoon of blue skies? You could sleep in, haunt the house in PJs, watch back to back episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker and inhale a bathtub of popcorn. Or, how about dusting off that cobwebbed ‘one day’ list of places you’ve always meant to visit (see clause number 3.)
7. Embrace those friends that are always off discovering things.
We all have one of those people in our lives – they endlessly wander, their Instagram accounts are always full of enviously beautiful spots and they usually adore having someone to cause mischief with. If you don’t have one, find one.
8. Turn left.
Get lost. Follow the yellow brick road. Do a search on Google for a new coffee shop in a different area. Be inspired by a random blog post on someone’s blog. Take snacks, a charger and sensible shoes.
9. Book in a staycation.
A beautiful room, a bubbling hot tub, a delectable restaurant, and no airport queues. Pick up an out-of-season deal, book way ahead or splash the cash you’d usually spend on flights to stay somewhere luxurious in your own home town. Staycations are awesome.
What more could you need?
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