How to be a traveller closer to home

No matter how much you love visiting new places and seeing the sights, it’s not always practical to go off travelling.

While exotic climes might be appealing, we’re so preoccupied with exploring the world that we often forget about the things that are just a short drive away. Here are some tips for being a traveller a little closer to home.

Go for a drive

The best way to find out more about the place in which you live is just to drive – why not take family and friends on the open road with a few supplies and drive until you find something worth stopping for. This might be a beautiful view across a valley, a café tucked away in the countryside, or a famous attraction you’ve been meaning to visit for a while.

Try something new

Once you’ve visited all the local tourist attractions, it’s time to think about trying something new. This could be as simple as setting up camp in your own garden to replicate that feeling of being outdoors and at one with nature, without the time and money spent on travel.

If you love spending time outdoors, look up a local wild swimming club, which will introduce you to the waterways and lakes of your local area. This is a great chance to see the places you know well from a whole new angle. For more information on wild swimming, check out this feature.

Take an alternative tour

A tour of your city or the local area can be a fantastic way to see your local area in a different light. You can always take to an open top tour bus, or why not try an alternative tour such as a night time ghost walks telling you about the spookier side of the local area’s history, or a street art tour, for a twist on the theme.

It’s also possible to call on locals in the area who have vast and often quite obscure knowledge of an area, using a service such as Tours by Locals.

Try a different commute

Are there activities that you love to do on holiday but never do when back home? Well why not try and incorporate them into your commute every now and then, just to shake things up. If you enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding and are lucky enough to live somewhere full of beautiful canals and rivers, you could consider this as a new method of transport to and from work. Or simply walk, run or bike to work. Take the scenic route every now and then, rather than the quickest route. It doesn’t have to be every day, but it’s a great chance to get some fresh air and explore!

Have a microadventure

The term microadventure was coined by adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys, who believes that small, challenging adventures close to home can be just as fulfilling as bigger adventures further afield.

One simple idea is to go back to basics. We spend so much time glued to phone, laptop and television screens that it’s so easy to forget about the natural world and what it feels like to be disconnected.

Pack lightly and drive off into the wilderness, it doesn’t have to be far or for long but switch off and have some fun foraging, lighting a fire and perhaps even sleeping under the stars.

For more inspiration, take a look at Alastair Humphreys’ microadventure in Paris, but don’t be afraid to plan your own.


Set aside some time

Depending on how serious you are about being a tourist in your local area, set some time aside every week or month to go out and do those things that you haven’t done for years, or why not try something new. These little adventures can bring you closer to the place in which you live in as well as sate your appetite for far-off travel.

Whether you’re planning a road trip with the perfect companion (explore a selection of Peugeot models below), or are off to explore that grassy hill you see every day on the way to work, this kind of travel is fulfilling and exciting, not to mention affordable too!