We are all guilty of overlooking the gems that are on our own doorsteps at times. Sometimes the best experiences can be right under our noses but we don’t discover them because we’re too busy getting on with our everyday lives. I’m definitely the type of girl who gets itchy feet if I’m at home for a long period of time (for me that’s about two weeks), so I like to get out and about when I’m at home in Scotland and discover as many new places as I can.
Looks out for Local Events
Read your local newspaper, sign up to Facebook groups, follow interesting local people and groups on Twitter and look out for interesting local events that are coming up. It could be anything from a new exhibition, a new restaurant, a fun event or something completely new and exciting. I found out about Glasgow’s West End Festival through Twitter and subsequently attended one of their fundraising events at one of Glasgow’s fanciest hotels. Fun! I’ve also attended Holi celebrations in Glasgow, taken part in a little off-road Segway action, held some birds of prey and lots more all at home in Scotland. The experiences are out there, you just have to find them!
Try Pop-Up Dining Experiences
Pop-up dining has been becoming increasingly popular over the last couple of years and you’ll find most places have these type of events if you look hard enough. I was lucky enough to find out about a Street Food Cartel pop-up event happening in Glasgow recently. I went along with a friend and had a great night doing something entirely different from just your normal meal in a restaurant.
Hit the Road
Why not just jump in your car and head off for a random drive. See where you end up and what you can discover. This works perfectly in Scotland where there’s so many beautiful, natural places within easy reaching distance but I’m sure you’ll be able to find something or somewhere new and exciting near you without having to go too far.
Be a Tourist for the Day
Often we dismiss the tourist attractions in the place we live because we think they’re overrated, overrun with tourists or just not cool enough for us because we’re not actually visitors. Who says you have to be a tourist to enjoy them?! Visit the museums in your city, visit the art galleries, enjoy the architecture, take a walk in the parks and gardens and walk down streets you wouldn’t normally. You might just find something you love. I’ve had some of my best experiences in Glasgow when I’ve been showing around visitors which just goes to show that there’s always something new to see.
Notice what’s around you
We all love to catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset whilst we’re on a trip, but how often do you stop to notice one at home? Probably not very often I’m guessing. Take a second to notice things like the sunset, the flowers in the park, the street art in your city, the colours around you. It’s easy to miss these things because we’re too busy rushing around to get things done but it can really make all the difference if you take a second to stop and really notice things you’d otherwise ignore.
These easy tips should help you discover new experiences and not get too caught up in the stagnant world of being at home in between travel adventures. Do you have any more tips to share?