For many the idea of taking a trip means getting on a plane and going somewhere, but what if somewhere was your own backyard? Planning a trip close to home can be equally as fun, memorable and beautiful as setting off to a distant, unknown land.
Where to begin if seeking adventures close to home? Since we live here (wherever home may be), we are often unaware or take for granted some of the attractions others journey to us to see. While there are several ways to find these hidden gems, I have listed my favorites;
- Trip Advisor is an excellent source of information. To point you in the right direction search top 10 things to do in your city or community. What I love about Trip Advisor is the story is often told from those that are visitors. Seeing your world through their eyes can truly bring to light a perspective you may have never considered.
- Call the local hotels and ask them. The teams working at hotels are constantly being asked about things to do, must see’s while in town, places to eat and how to get there and can be a fountain of knowledge. They may also sell tickets/passes to some of the points of interest helping you save money!
- Turn to your local tourism office. Many may not even realize there is a tourism office for your community. If uncertain simply search local tourism office for your city, in my case I have selected Waterloo, which lead me to Explore Waterloo Region within their site they have everything needed to help plan a trip close to home
Experiences are what make a trip memorable, not the distance to get there. The next time you have the itch to get out and see something ask yourself this, what’s in your backyard?