Exploring Your Surroundings : Making the Most of Being at Home

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.

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Exploring some pretty parts of Scotland during some time at home

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

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New Glasgow 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

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Checking out some of Glasgow’s beautiful Gothic architecture

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? 

10 Responses to Exploring Your Surroundings : Making the Most of Being at Home

  1. Benito

    Valuable info. I found your website by accident, and I’m glad I did. I’m always looking for new ways to explore when I’m between trips so I don’t get bored.

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks, Benito. Glad you think it’s helpful!

  2. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    I totally relate to overlooking what is in my own backyard! I live in a beautiful place and always find myself planning trips away. I am sure I am missing out on wonderful things to do just around my hometown. Perhaps my next trip I’ll plan a staycation :-)

    • Emma Gray

      That sounds like a potentially great idea, Brittany!

  3. Summer

    Great post. I’m always looking for things to keep me out of trouble between trips. Thanks Emma

  4. Jill

    Some cool ideas here. The Street Food Cartel you went to looked really cool. I’m going to search for one here in Aberdeen now.

    • Emma Gray

      It was really cool! Hope you manage to find something similar. If not, it’s not too far to come to Glasgow for the next one :)

  5. Franz

    Timely post. It’s easy to take your everyday surroundings for granted, and forget about all the lovely places on your doorstep.

    • Emma Gray

      It sure is, Franz. Just gotta mix things up to keep it interesting!

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