Why I Encourage You to Explore Your Own Back-Yard

Mountains at Wast Water, The Lake District

We all dream of flying far away. Let's face it, when we think of travelling, we certainly do not even consider staying in our home country. No! We crave different cultures, different climates and different wildlife. I'm probably exactly the same as you in wanting to book a plane ticket and fly to the opposite end of the world. However, sometimes life gets in the way and tells you "not yet". This is exactly what happened to me recently.

I run a business from home. It's a fledgling business and like any 'babies', it requires a lot of attention. So as you expect, getting away for even a week, isn't always easy. That's when I had to sit and brainstorm. My craving to travel never subsides so i was forced to think outside the box with how to satisfy this hunger whilst not leaving my business for too long. The thought of going somewhere in England has never excited me. I'm reluctant to even call it a holiday but I guess that's what it is.

Long story short, I booked to go camping for 1 night somewhere else in England. I chose the Lake District for the scenery. But here's the point of this article - I'm very glad I made this decision.

Mountains at Wast Water, The Lake District

Sometimes we just need to get away from the daily grind and at this point, anything away from home ins an option. It's a chance to unwind, clear our minds and just completely forget about our responsibilities at home. Furthermore, I had no idea just how different the Lake District was from home. The villages were so quaint and also few and far between, the landscape was so beautiful and roads cut through fields of sheep! It was like being in another country because it was all so different to what I was used to. Sleeping in a different bed with a different view is also part of the thrill of being away from home.

Whilst away I felt relaxed and content. I didn't want to be anywhere else because I was out in the world exploring. Sometimes it just doesn't matter where you are, as long as you are doing what you love. What I love is definitely adventure and exploring which is exactly what we did in the 24 hours that we were there for.

Another plus-side of travelling locally was the costs. We drove in our own car so that didn't cost a thing except for the petrol. Then assuming you have the camping gear, access to the campsite was only Β£10 per person so Β£20 in total for the two of us.

Ella at Wast Water, The Lake District

So what I learnt from my last-minute trip was sometimes it doesn't matter where you're going, it's all about the adventure and thrill of exploring new places, no matter where they are. I also learnt that even if you don't think you have the time or the money to travel, sometimes you do as you don't always need to travel far. Travelling in your home country will be cheap as you can use your own transport and if you don't fancy splashing out on hotels, you can always bring a tent or even sleep in your car if you own something big enough.

There's no excuse basically. If you want to start exploring new places, you can! Don't let anything hold you back, not money and not time.

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