A lot has changed in a short space of time for me. Starting a new job, getting to know new people and trying to get to grips with a new commute is exhausting. One of the best aspects of travel for me is taking time out to be able to re-energise, and I believe that one of the best cures for times of mental exhaustion is taking a trip away.
I don’t want to contradict or undermine anything that I have said about travelling without leaving home. But the ideas that I have shared are a way to try to keep the travel spirit alive in between travelling, and they would never be able to replace travel completely for me. However many trips of the imagination I take when reading a book, or excursions as a tourist in my home town, there comes a time when a break away from home is what I need.
It is hard to define what amounts to a break. Whenever I take holiday from work I always try to make sure that I will actually be doing something, otherwise it feels like a waste. A lot of the time that will involve taking a series of day trips around the North East and beyond, which certainly can feel like a holiday.
My own personal definition of a short break or a holiday involves staying overnight somewhere away from home. It doesn’t have to be far, and it doesn’t have to be for a long time. I live in a fantastic part of the country, where I can reach Yorkshire, the Lake District and the Scottish Borders as easy day trips. But equally, these destinations are accessible for short weekends away.
And so I am going to Edinburgh. As a Christmas treat, Jim & I will be going to see The Lion King on tour at the Edinburgh Playhouse. It will only be for a weekend, but I guarantee that I will come back from that weekend feeling refreshed and re-energised for having some time completely away. I already feel refreshed for having a definite travel plan.
Up until now, Jim & I haven’t really taken many short weekend breaks, and we tend to focus on the longer holidays in the year. But I have been reading about the challenge to take 12 trips from Need Another Holiday and I think it sounds like a great idea to help prioritise travel throughout the whole year and avoid getting burnt out between longer holidays. I may use this as the basis for my 2014 travel plans, as I also think it will be a great challenge to achieve 12 trips on a budget.
My final tip for how to travel without travelling is to plan a trip. The planning is one of my favourite parts of travelling as reading up on where I am going and what I can do there really helps build the anticipation for me. I love trawling through accommodation reviews, reading other blogs, looking up suggestions on Trip Advisor and planning how to squeeze the maximum possible out of the limited time that I have. By the time I end up going, I have journeyed to my destination many times over in my planning. A couple of times I have been disappointed, but on the whole the planning is just a taster and the travelling is even better than expected.
- Taking on the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge (ontheluce.com)
- The Lion King: A Roaring Success (en4news.com)