Limitations on travelling lately has tempered our ridicules appetite to see the world. Instead we have been avoiding moaning and groaning about staying at home but rather started to look at our local surroundings much like tourists would. In any country you are in it never ceases to amaze me how many things are ignored or passed over in exchange for more “exotic” scenery elsewhere. This is universal and in every country we go to – we actually end up seeing more of that country than people who lived there a lifetime.
The key is to be a tourist, and like a tourist I got to travel sites to see what amazing landmarks and destinations I have close by. An hour drive from my house to any direction will always yield results that I could have never imagined – and for all seasons.
If we decide to take it a bit further we look for private cabins and accommodations (especially when hotels are limited) to feel even more like tourists and don’t need to worry about the drive back. We look up restaurants, go to historical and heritage land marks. All the things we would do in other countries. We consult TripAdvisor and Wikitravel as we would for any other country.
I urge you to give it a try, support your local tourism businesses, and appreciate where you live more than you ever have before. Much like what we would do for our international travel, we take loads of pictures and create an album for the visit, making it feel like a true travel experience.