Why do you travel? What’s your favourite part of travelling? We are often asked these questions. People travel for different reasons, and the answers can vary widely. It might be for rest and relaxation, family commitments or work. When we talk to people about travel, we often hear things like, ” We can’t afford to travel,” because of time, cost or both.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
Close to Home
Travel doesn’t have to mean going hundreds of kilometres from home. Day trips can be quite affordable. You might be surprised with the stuff to do in your hometown or within a few hours’ drive.
We happen to live in a town that attracts thousands of visitors each year. We have lived here for many years and are still discovering things to do. If we only ever visited things within a 50-km radius, we could fill most every weekend for a year or more. This is true of most places.
For many, the word travel creates visions of flying to a destination far from home. Whether you choose a prepackaged trip or plan something on your own, each day can be an adventure. Travel can include learning something new, going on an adventure, or having a unique experience with family and friends or even alone.
How to Travel
When we travel, we try to take the time to use our five
senses. The sights, sounds, smells, etc. of a new or familiar place can create many discoveries.
At a cafe or restaurant, strike up a conversation with the server. Ask them for recommendations for things to do or see.
If you are staying in a hotel, speak to the person behind the desk or the concierge. They always have a wealth of information.
If you’re renting a vacation property, reach out to the host beforehand and ask for suggestions. These strategies have netted us great ideas for what to do and what not to do. This has also allowed us ton discover some hidden gems. After all, who knows the area better than the people who live there?
When it comes to most things in life, one size doesn’t fit all, nor does it need to. There are adventure seekers in activity/location or both. There are those that are looking for a romantic getaway, near or far. There are increasingly more and more opportunities for eco-travel, cultural immersion and volunteering. What about learning a new skill or themed travel? The list could go on.
Not only are there different types of travel but different kinds of travellers. There are those that are comfortable with little planning and those, like us, who almost over-plan.
Let’s Do It!
We want people to understand that travel is an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, make new friends, try new food, learn or practice a new language and understand how others live.
Whether you are travelling solo, with friends, in a couple, with family or whatever works for you, at the end of the day, we genuinely believe that sometimes we have to travel to appreciate what we have at home.