If I could, I'd be travelling every chance I got. The truth of the matter is, we travel way less then we want to. Compared to other travel bloggers around the web, we've been nowhere! We haven't even been overseas! We've only been to various parts of Canada and the United States. Basically, anywhere we can drive. And I hope to change that, but in the meantime I am exploring areas in my country that I haven't seen any chance I get.
But what about those times that travelling just isn't in the budget? Or you can't get the time off of work? Well,if you are like me, you may feel sort of blue if you have to stick TOO close to home. But there are things you can do to make sure you are having at least CLOSE to as much fun as you would have if you were travelling.
1. Hit up local festivals. Especially ones focused on various cultures. Every Summer there is an ethnic food festival in my area. I look forward to it all year. It gives me the chance to taste foods from other countries right in my own hometown! And of course, it's the one time of year I allow myself to buy a ridiculously expensive freshly squeezed cup of lemonade - by a guy in a giant lemon, no less. :)
2. Hit up as many food trucks as you can. Speaking of food, the food trucks that are available these days are absolutely amazing! I discovered our area has quite a variety of trucks selling everything from tacos, to perogies, to deep fried pickles. I definitely plan to sample a few I've never been to this year. I may like to stuff my face more than the average person though....
3. Find some local wineries or breweries. We live in an area that is popular for their wineries. Although i haven't been on a wine tour due to having small kids with me most of the time, it would be a pretty nice way to spend a day with my husband.
4. Go camping someplace new. There are so many provincial parks (or state parks if you are in the US) with unreal beauty and adventure waiting for you. Go camping at one of the parks you've never been.
5. Go to all the local Farmers Markets. I love to walk along all the booths at Farmers Markets with their brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, flowers, and artisan creations. Drive a little farther than your usual market destination and discover a new market you've never been to!
6. Throw your own party, theme and all. Invite all your friends over for a BBQ. Want to feel like you are travelling? Pick a country for your theme. Have a Luau or a Fiesta or celebrate Chinese New Year.
7. Make a meal from another country. I know, there I go talking about food again. Search on Pinterest for some recipes of some dishes from other countries around the world and try creating it at home.
8. Relax in a little coffee shop. One that you have never been to. Bring a good book, and order one of those lattes that have the pretty foam pictures drawn into them. And of course, don't forget to take a selfie. I have no shame in taking selfies. With food. I will take selfies with food for as long as I walk on this earth.
If you can't go on a big trip this year, how will you fill the gap? It's easy for me to feel sad about it when that happens, but instead of wasting my time being sad I would rather fill my time with fun things to do!