One of the thrills that many people gain from travelling, is discovery and an unfamiliar environment. However, it’s not that alone that helps people enjoy it, but nice and pleasant places too fill you with happiness. For instance, we all love the idea of strolling through picturesque streets in various places throughout the world and gazing at beautiful scenes of nature. Popping into local cafes, travelling via public transport you’re not used to using, and simply wandering. To get this amazing experience, we have to pay large sums of money to get and stay in these places. But, what if I told you lots of lovely places may be on your doorstep? Am I saying that going to local places is better than going abroad? Most of the time of course not! But when money or time is limited, visiting places nearer to your home may actually help curb feelings of wanderlust and you may discover new things.
|Excuse the gorgeous nightime photography quality an iPhone provides you with…|
So recently, I have been to London and Hitchin. Of course, I don’t need to explain about London and what it is like, but I often forget I live 20 minutes by rail away from one of the biggest and simply amazing cities in the world. For the first time in a decade, I had a stroll down the River Thames right by Tower Bridge and it was wonderful. I didn’t spend a penny, I just walked. The lovely views of London and the pleasant weather that night was simply enough to please me. Even abroad I enjoy just strolling about taking in my environment. So after this, I thought, well why not change the scenery whilst spending time with my friends?
The nearest town to me is a market town called Hitchin. For everyone who lives in this area, including myself, we tend to dismiss it. As we live here we don’t tend to see how lovely it is, however, foreign friends of mine who follow me on Snapchat were telling me how adorable it looked. When for me it just seemed like your typical old town in England. But to be honest they were right. The buildings although old, have character, people watching here is also pretty entertaining and it’s home to many independent shops and cafes – which as basic as I am, I really love. To think again, this was only a few miles away from my house. I discovered a beautiful cafe called Chia which I gave it’s own blog post right here, it was simply wonderful. Not only is a change of scenery entertaining for travellers, but eating food you wouldn’t normally eat also helps you feel as though you are abroad. If any of you live anywhere near North London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire, please give Hitchin a little visit. It’s a cute little destination for a morning or afternoon out and you can probably combine your visit with something else, such as London, Cambridge, or even the Hitchin Lavender fields – which are simply gorgeous, go google them now!
|‘Chia Naturally Healthy’ in Hitchin|
I think a lot of us need to be more grateful for what we have. Yes, this could get really deep really quickly but it’s true. We get so used to what we have we don’t really appreciate it. But I know so many who would love to live in the area of the UK that I do, even though my town isn’t that of a desirable place to live, its position in the country is pretty good. In addition to what I’ve already explained: I can reach London’s 4 main airports in an hour, I can reach Paris in 3 hours, I can reach Edinburgh in 4.5 hours, I can also see lots of other lovely places in the UK with ease such as Cambridge, Brighton, and Cardiff in under 3 hours. Not to mention that the countryside surrounds my town and I live right next to woods. Yet most of the time I always look at the negatives of where I live and am always trying to get away. Now, I’m pretty sure a lot of you reading this do the same. Sorry to judge, but realistically you’ll never sit on Pinterest looking at beautiful scenes of your local area, will you? So…think about it, what are some of the positives about where you live? What lovely locations and scenery can you reach? If you’re bogged down with the travel bug but don’t have the time or money currently, what local travel can you do? If I can make one of the most ‘boring’ of the home counties seem interesting, I’m sure you can give travelling locally a go!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, it’s a little different from my usual style. If you’re interested in conversation let me know in the comments about where you live and what you might give a go in your local area <3