Ignoring Your Own Backyard


I am not talking about gardening, but rather about travel.  So many people have “bucket lists,” and make “exploring” a major feature of their holidays, but neglect the “must sees” of their own home towns.

I have students who have lived their whole lives, in or around Cambridge, but never been in King’s College Chapel. I studied in Memphis and never visited Graceland, Beale Street, or took a paddle-boat ride on the Mississippi. While I studied in London, I missed the Tower, and Madame Tussauds.  The list goes on.

Is it familiarity that breeds contempt, or is it a more simple matter of “it is close, I will get to it?”

I really think in my case it is a bit of both.  It has however led me to regret “what I missed once I moved away. This in turn has led to several cases of me “playing tourist” in towns I once lived in.  While visiting friends and family there have been some of those “Hey, can we go see the X, Y, Z” moments.

I now try to take every opportunity to see what my “backyard” has to offer.

Augustine of Hippo said, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page,” but how many of us treat that page like the local paper, skimmed and left on the coffee table?

Here is a challenge. Check Google or Tripadvisor and see if you have done the top “things to do.” The top five. Top ten, etc. Are you ignoring your own backyard?

Try to make the most of all the world, even the local.  You wont regret it.

[I would love to hear about the things you discover!]


5 thoughts on “Ignoring Your Own Backyard

  1. I completely agree.
    When I worked in Hereford I never once visited the Mappa Mundi. Then – during the first week I was in East Anglia – my friends coached across country specifically to visit it!
    I’ve made a little more effort now!

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  2. I will second that sentiment. I arrive at my weekly hikes by public transport, so you know I don’t go far from home. The amazing sights, natural and historic, seem never to cease (as the content of my blog attests). Yet few folks in town think to venture here.

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