Got a bad case of wanderlust but don’t have the time, or money to go abroad (yet)?
My first advice is this: If you really want to travel abroad make it it your top priority. Cut out the unnecessary expenses (and the excuses) like vacuous drunken nights out, junk food and maybe even the car.
I made it happen because I made it my sole obsession. But there is a second option…
I completely understand that most people don’t want to follow in my footsteps and announce a challenge against a terrifying, ticking-down-to-zero clock, public accountability, live like a hermit workaholic for a few years and book a one-way ticket to a faraway foreign land with only £1000.
That is intense. But I am an intense man, so that worked for me. But what is good for the goose is not always necessarily good for the gander.
I have another tonic that should scratch that troublesome itch on your antsy feet until you can spread your wings further, I propose that you explore your own country.
Why You Should Travel Within Your Own Country
It might not sound too sexy on paper, but hear me out. I have covered a hefty amount of the world in the last six years, but I I often catch myself saying; “wow, I’d love to go there,” when I see a photo shared on my Facebook timeline…only to see that it’s actually in the United Kingdom, my country of birth.
I plan to do a proper UK tour at some point in the near future. These are my current UK travel bucket list items that I want to tick off. I am very serious about my bucket lists and 9 times out of 10 I make them happen, so rest assured these will all be visited and the list will probably get bigger the more I plan it:
. Watch a Play at Open-Air Minack (Cornwall) Theatre Whilst Eating Chips and Baked Beans With a Cuppa
. Visit The Isle Of Skye
. Spend a Week in The Peak District
. Spend a Week in The Lake District
. Go to a Wimbledon Tennis Match and eat my bodyweight in strawberries
. Complete The Three-peaks Challenge
. Ride the Settle to Carlisle Railway
I reached out to readers of Man Vs Clock on the Facebook fan page to add to this and the responses were fantastic and it proves my point even more (you can see those ideas below). Your country probably has more beauty than you’re aware of – not to mention you don’t have the burden of expiring visas, you already speak the language, you have friends and family that you can visit and hey – you might meet travellers from across the globe, who you can reconnect with when you finally visit their countries.
Click on the fan page conversation below for the ultimate UK bucket list trip, by fellow Brits.
I was born in a country with free education, free health care, brilliant systems that actually work and human rights laws ahead of most countries on earth – and I’m thankful for that – it’s a massive head start on most people in the world and I recognise that I basically won the geographic lottery.
I speak the most spoken language in the world, my passport gets me into most countries without any bother. I’m what you would call back home…“a proper jammy sod.”
I used to moan about my country a lot, but then I realised that it’s not so bad in comparison to some really struggling nations.
Striving for greater and searching for more – I’m all about that. But one thing that travel has taught me is to be grateful for what I already have.
Don’t write your own country off just yet, explore it with an open mind and you might just be pleasantly surprised.