While it is incredibly exciting (and sometimes jealousy inducing) to follow along with travel bloggers who traverse the world and never seem to land back in the regular, “boring” lives that most of us live in, I’ve come to realise that a lot can be said for local travel and getting to know the place that you live in, and that people should be just as proud to proclaim that they are a local traveller as they are to being a globetrotter. This a celebration of the local traveller and why you should be proud to be one!
You Are All Set
There is something to be said for having a familiar car that you can drive (without fear that rental insurance might not cover something), having a debit/bank card that works, and not feeling that general feeling of “where am I” that however exciting can make travel most stressful. I know that there are some people who thrive on chaos and the unknown, but I think that most of us prefer being in somewhat of a comfort zone when we are making our way through life; local travel is a great way to accomplish that! (If I don’t have to exchange money before visiting somewhere, life is infinitely easier. I hate having to do on the spot calculations in my head to figure out if I want to spend whatever amount in Canadian dollars. MATH IS THE WORST.)
Discover a New Love for Your City
Winnipegers hate their fair city more than most people, and the rest of the world picked up on it. People who have never even set foot on the continent will harbour a disgust and hate for Winnipeg that boggles the mind- yes, it’s cold, but the winter has just as much to offer as the summer, if not more. (It was colder than Mars ONCE and somehow all of these people who have never visited are dying of this cold when those of us who live here managed just fine.) I’ve come to appreciate this wonderful little city of Winnipeg throughout my local adventures, and there really is something for everyone. You like sports? Our NHL team, the Jets, and our CFL team, the Blue Bombers, are both highly entertaining and go simply to people watch is a great option. You like history? We were hugely important in the fur trade, and you can explore more at the Manitoba Museum, Lower Fort Garry, and Fort Gibralter! Some cities continually are showered with love and praise; it’s time to share the love.
You Can Travel With Friends
Travelling with friends can be a bit of a mixed bag, because you really don’t know if you are suited to travel with someone until you actually do and a lot of friends should not travel together. However, visiting some local sights is a great way to get in a tiny bit of travelling with your friends, create some fantastic memories together, and maybe get a feeling for whether or not a bigger trip is in the cards. The cherry on top of this situation? It’s a lot easier to avoid money issues with local travel. It can often happen on trips that one person or another will not budget enough, or lose track of how much they have spent, and suddenly have no money to do anything while the other people are left to decide: do I go do whatever on my own, or do I stick with my friend who can’t do anything? In a day trip, or a short two-three day local trip, it comes up far less often.
What are your favourite local treasures that you’ve discovered? If someone only had one day in your city/town, what should they see?