One thing I learned during the pandemic was that it is possible to have a good time holidaying in my own country. With travel abroad impossible we turned to UK options and managed to have several lovely short trips in the spaces between lockdowns. And of course like everyone, we explored our immediate area more thoroughly than in the past, seeking out places we’d never previously visited or finding new surprises in old haunts.
For Terri’s Sunday Stills ‘Staycation or vacation’ theme I want to share some pairs of photos, one taken in the UK and one somewhere abroad. My aim is to highlight some of the similarities but also plenty of differences between these two distinct travel experiences.
Wildlife at sea
Statues of the famous
I really don’t know what I’ve proved here! I’ve shown that you can find similar things close to home and far away. And yet … give me far away any day! Is it the lack of familiarity? Is it the search for the new and different? Yes, it is those things. But in the end it comes down to a sense of adventure that attaches to a foreign trip, and the more foreign the better.
While I can still travel abroad I will. But I do so in the knowledge that there remains plenty to discover closer to home when/if the time comes to tuck my passport away for good.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.Robert Louis Stevenson