Often said that you never see the places on your doorstep...
Personally I live on the outskirts of London (30min train to centre), I've been to many of the attractions but none of them are really stand out memories, I was young whilst visiting most of these though. I guess I had the most fun at Hampton Court Palace -http://www.hrp.org.uk/webcode/hampton_home.asp, which is about 5 miles away from me and maybe the tower of London. My only other reason to venture in is for Stamford Bridge stadium...home to the Premiership champions Chelsea FC
I've worked in the centre of London, hated the commuting and the high cost of ...well everything. I guess with cities once you've seen it, you probably wouldn't want to go back, as nice as it is. I feel this way about New York, I had a good week there but wouldn't really want to go back as a tourist.
Does being a "native" burn your enthusiasm for visiting places that are local tourist traps? I often wonder if the size of the UK causes brits to holiday else where as its all fairly similar wherever you go. (even if they speak that unintelligible dialect, Scotish )
life is what you make of it.
so yeah sometimes I guess it can be borin, specially if you live in orpington.
Personally I probably wouldn't choose to live anywhere that I thought was that boring...
"..Does being a "native" burn your enthusiasm for visiting places that are local tourist traps? ..."
It quite often happens that locals find their own surrounds rather ho-hum. Tourists tend to appreciate the sites more, but then again the tourist is only passing through, and places a difference emphasis on what s/he sees
There's a nice beach not too far from where I live.
I must have been there well over 1,000 times. I don't care if I never see it again.
I tend to take for granted the places of interest in my country, knowing that they're always there and i can visit them anytime i want. For some "must-see" places, these are always being repeatly advertised, and that has the effect of diluting my interest in visiting them. The outrageous prices do not help either. You can say im totally put off rather.
Conversly, if i'm a visitor in another country, im okay with anywhere because everything is new to me.
I know to many people who have travelled far and wide...but missed the beauty in their own backyard. So I made a point of seeing 'MY' own area first. In about a 450 mile radius...I have seen it all, and I must say, there is a lot to be said for Michigan! Especially where I live...you can't walk a mile in any direction without hitting a body of water (then there is that BIG body of water Lake Superior)...so I guess I would have to say, No, it is not boring where I live! But you will all have to come and see for yourselves!
After travelling abroad for a while I knew I had to go back to Germany at some point. I chose Berlin to live, because for me this was the only city I could still feel like a free spirit and dive into different worlds every single day. I came here almost 3 years ago and I haven't had a single boring day
Well I am not too far away from setting off on my world round trip but I know it is only for a year and I am happy at the thought of coming back and living in Glasgow. I think it took a period of time living somewhere else for me to appreciate it. I lived in London for a while and only then did i realise how much i missed glasgow. I like the fact that it's a busy city with everything you need but in half an hour you can be somewhere beautiful and scenic like Loch Lomond. Since I moved back here I have made more of an effort to see more of Scotland. It's great that all within an hour or so drive i can go visit an historic castle, a beautiful loch, i can go ski-ing in the winter and I can come back to Glasgow and go out at night where there are loads of busy pubs and clubs! its great! just the right size of city. and of course there's all the places that remind me of growing up etc.
p.s. as for the comment on the scottish accent - do you know that it has been voted one of the accents people most like to listen to? i wouldnt change it for anything!!
I guess I had the most fun at Hampton Court Palace -http://www.hrp.org.uk/webcode/hampton_home.asp, which is about 5 miles away from me and maybe the tower of London.
These are my favorite places in London too! It is true that we tend to not travel close to home. I lived in London for 3 years when I was a teenager; I didn't do anything touristy and didn't feel the need to travel in England until I moved to canada! Granted, I was too busy partying at the time... I've lived in Canada for 14 years now and, oops I did it again, I haven't really traveled much here. I'm about to correct that though, am going on a trip to the West Coast of Canada in August. It's not because I find where I live to be boring; it's just that if I'm taking the time and effort to go somewhere to travel, it often seems more "worth it" to go somewhere further.
As my uncle always says: Only boring people get bored.
And i couldn't agree more. If you're bored, do something about it!!