How to travel when you can’t afford it

“Yes, I love to travel! I can just never afford it”

Words we hear ourselves say over and over, whether we’re talking in terms of finance or time, many of us feel we can’t afford to travel.

Well, good news! I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can travel, in fact you can start today (or maybe tomorrow if you’re reading this in your PJs with your cup of cocoa before bed).

The first 3 words the Oxford English Dictionary uses to define the word “travel” are “make a journey” 

No-one says anything about spending thousands of pounds on a flight that’s going to take you to the other side of the world. There are no rules stating that you must see some wondrous monument or landscape, or spend 10 days living with a tribe in the deepest darkest jungle, or try some exotic new cuisine which, let’s face it, may result in you sitting on the loo for the following 24 hours. No, it’s perfectly possible to satisfy your travel bug through the art of the mini adventure.

I know, going on mini adventures may not lead to ticking off your biggest bucket list dreams, but they are a great way to fill the void while you wait for your next great expedition. I’m talking about visiting a new city in your own country, or even a new area of your own city. Here are my reasons why I would recommend you consider your own mini adventure.

1. You live in a country that millions of people come to visit

For years I’ve thought “England’s so boring”, but is it really? Why else would people pay good money to come visit us? We must have something going on! If you can’t see its greatness, make it your mission to go and find out what all the fuss is about!

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2. You’ll learn about your own country

Sure, many of us love to travel in order to learn about the world and other cultures, but how many of us can say we’ve really got a broad knowledge of our own country? I certainly could learn more about our green and pleasant land! In all honesty I’ve barely scratched the surface of our country; being from Hampshire and working in Devon, anything above London counts as “the North” for me! Each city has its own unique culture and it’s right there on your doorstep to discover.

3. It can take as little or as much time as you can afford

Holidays in your own country can be super expensive, or very budget friendly, much like most places in the world. In England we are fortunate enough that many of us have many big towns and cities with a 2 hour drive radius from where we’re sitting right now! Which means that, should you wish, you could get in your car (or even on a bus or train) and within a couple of hours be somewhere you’ve never been before! How awesome is that? Stay of a few hours, or make a week of it, it’s up to you, I’m just saying you could see somewhere new for merely the cost of a ticket, and fit it into your day off.

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4. You can still get lost!

Ah, the appeal of wandering the streets of a foreign city and just “getting lost” for a few hours. In my honest opinion, I’d actually much rather know where I am whilst immersing myself in a new country! But, for those of you who are attracted to the idea of the aimless wander, I am here to assure you that yes, it is perfectly achievable to get lost in your own country, in fact I regularly do it around my own town. At least the ‘locals’ speak your language and can guide you back to the correct path (or just whip out your phone and use the map…)

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5. THERE IS MORE TO ENGLAND THAN LONDON

Okay okay, so London is cool, we know! But we are so much more than one city! I could make a list as long as my arm of places I’d like to visit just in England (and the rest of the U.K).

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So there we have why I believe there are great adventures to be had right here on our doorstep! In fact, just writing this post has made me keen to get out there and explore some more of England. Scotland’s also pretty high on my list, as I’m told it is rather spectacular!

Have you done much travelling in your own country?

Where’s your favourite place to visit in England?

 

2 Comments

  1. February 9, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Lovely article! And I fully agree; the world just around us is as miraculous as far away shores. I have been privileged to travel to many countries, but nowadays, with the global village, even far away places have begun to look more like the next town. And since travel is more of a commodity, you can’t go to the Louvre to enjoy the Mona Lisa with a few tourists – there are 500 persons in the room, from all over the world. Visiting a smaller exhibit in a local museum can be much more rewarding.

    • February 14, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment! Such a good point about how smaller exhibits can be more rewarding than the huge tourist attractions! There are some hidden gems right on our doorstep if we look hard enough!

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