I’ll never forget the first time I heard the quote, “Travel is the only thing you’ll spend money on that will make you richer.” Too true. Whether it’s going 2 hours down the coast or across the other side of the world, travel can be the perfect escape and pick-me-up to recharge and revive yourself.
I’ve been lucky to have travelled my fair share in my life so far. With a love of languages and a partner that came to Australia for University and now travels home to Norway to visit family often I’ve set foot in a large amount of this lovely globe.
But what if you don’t have the opportunity to travel as much as you’d like? Life often gets in the way. Here are a few ways you can get the best of travelling without leaving the country.
1. Set Aside Some Time With a Great Book
Reading is such a great way to enter a different country or culture. Grab a book set in a different part of the world and delve in. Some great one’s to start you off?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan will sit you right down in Singapore or if you’re into something a little darker the Stieg Larsson books will take you to the cold dark winters of Sweden.
2. Try a New Restaurant
Instead of hitting the same local, try a new restaurant a few suburbs over that you don’t often drive through or visit. The new streets and dining experience (especially if you try a cuisine a bit different to your usual staples) can be just like eating your way through another country, just with a shorter trip home.
3. Hit The Shops
If you’re a lover of the shops when you travel try heading to the mall and take a look around the shops that you usually just bypass. Pretend you were overseas and knew nothing about the brand or whether or not it was for you. You never know what gems you might just pick up!
4. Be a Tourist in Your Own City
I’ve heard so many people say that they’ve lived in Sydney for years and never once been to Bondi Beach. Think about what you would want to show visitors if they came over from another country in your area and make a day of being a tourist. Use public transport and take your camera. You’ll probably find your own home city is pretty amazing after all.