Why does traveling far away seem so much more exotic than traveling closer to home? Why do you spend hours in a car when you could be traveling to a similar place much closer to home? , why would you want to spend hours in line at the airport, hours crammed onto a small plane, hours waiting to go through immigration?
I am eager to travel to New Zealand. Beyond despair. I’ve wanted to go there for years but it never happened. I have countless books about New Zealand, and I already have my entire New Zealand itinerary planned out. However, I was talking to a New Zealand friend a few weeks ago and she told me that she thinks New Zealand is boring and that she really wants to take an epic road trip around the UK and visit all the little villages and quaint towns. It seems that they are doing so.
The grass is always greener, right?
Last weekend I was working with Premier Inn on a project to encourage more people to travel closer to home. So I had a lovely weekend in Chester and North Wales and had the best time. Relaxing yet stimulating, quiet and peaceful, it truly felt like a holiday despite being so close to home. One of the nice things about exploring what’s right in front of you is that you don’t have to look too closely. You probably already know most of the things to do, so you don’t have to worry about missing anything or reading countless reviews to find the best thing to do. It was a hassle-free holiday and I loved it.
We loved it so much that we’re hoping to plan more weekend trips in and around Wales this year. I always thought that no one would be interested in my travels around Wales, and I was right!
Disclaimer: I also love traveling to far away and exotic destinations. I really love any kind of travel.
Check out my post about this trip here – A weekend guide to Chester and North Wales.
Here’s what I read and watched this week…
Are you done with travel blogging? emily laxton
Emily’s thoughtful blog posts show the shallow side of travel blogging that many of us don’t like. Emily also talks about how difficult it is to be away from her friends and family, and how pointless it feels to talk about fluffy travel experiences when there are more serious things going on in the world. Well said, Emily!
The ultimate road trip across the UK – hand luggage only
One day I would like to buy a campervan and travel all over the UK. It’s going to be great! Here are 27 amazing places to visit. I want to go to everything.
Let’s talk about consumerism. What Olivia did
Consumerism makes me uncomfortable. I find it especially offensive to encourage people to buy things they don’t need. As you all know, I save money and basically spend it on experiences and travel (as opposed to handbags and shoes) as much as possible, but as Liv says in her post, shopping, fashion, I also like cute things. Liv doesn’t purport to have answers in this post, but she does raise some important points. I think it’s time to start thinking about it more and being more aware of it.
Meet a couple who converted a school bus into a tiny house and traveled across America
Oh my god, it’s a dream. This is your dream everyone!
More thoughts on being relatable as a blogger Whiskey Tango Flat White
In last week’s Weekend Reads, I shared a post by Lorna about the death of a literally relatable blogger. Maddy has written something in response, which is just as interesting.
what i see
Did you watch Escape to the Wild on Channel 4 last night? If not, you definitely need to catch up. This is a new series in which Jimmy Doherty visits a British couple who have moved to an incredibly remote part of the world. Last night’s episode was about a young family who bought a beach in Indonesia and are now living in a tropical paradise wonderful. But it’s also very interesting. I’ve always wanted to sell my house, pack up, and move to some exotic, secluded, beautiful beach. But after watching this, I realized that I really don’t want to do that and should be very happy with what I have!