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1. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

How often do you do this? Over the past decade I would say not very, however having visited the countries I most wanted to, Canada and New Zealand, in the past few years, plus having seen quite a bit of Europe, I'm probably going to concentrate on exploring parts of my own country that I have wilfully ignored up until now.

2. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 7y

Very regularly indeed.
I have a motorbike, and throughout the summer months, I pack up the bike with tent/panniers or even use the YHA, and go off doing a bit of exploring. I take lots of photos, and ride down roads I've never been before, and back at home I use my highlighter pen over the areas I went, and make sure I go a different route next time.

I also make it a rule that every summer I will go to a different bike rally than I've done the previous years, this too guarantees a ride down a route I've never been. If it's grim weather I'll take the car and sleeping bag and kip in the car if necessary.

I will also pack my own food and drink, cos as you know Britain is a damn expensive place to travel through and eat out in!:)

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

domestic tourism can be more expensive, even if you hail from the third world.

4. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting Clanger

Very regularly indeed.
I have a motorbike, and throughout the summer months, I pack up the bike with tent/panniers or even use the YHA, and go off doing a bit of exploring. I take lots of photos, and ride down roads I've never been before, and back at home I use my highlighter pen over the areas I went, and make sure I go a different route next time.

I also make it a rule that every summer I will go to a different bike rally than I've done the previous years, this too guarantees a ride down a route I've never been. If it's grim weather I'll take the car and sleeping bag and kip in the car if necessary.

I will also pack my own food and drink, cos as you know Britain is a damn expensive place to travel through and eat out in!:)

All sound like good ideas. I don't have a motorbike and I've only just acquired a car. I'm thinking of buying a folding bicycle that I can fit in the boot, then I can visit those places that are inaccessible by train and do a bit of cycling around them. Even more locally just exploring the Cotswolds a bit more. I know what you mean about the cost of accommodation in Blighty though, you don't get much for your money.

I've also got to the stage where the novelty and even 'liberating' effect of air travel have long since worn off. I loathe crowded airports (with Gatwick being the nearest thing to hell on earth) and the whole rigmarole of checking luggage in (not knowing whether it will safely arrive at the other end, or be put on some other flight by mistake), increasing security checks, meaning even longer queues, then being herded like cattle onto aircraft surrounded by other plebs I go on holiday to get away from!

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I had never really been bothered about seeing any of the UK until my Kiwi boyfriend came back with me to live in Manchester. I started seeing Manchester, and other parts of the UK, through a tourist's eyes and it made me appreciate it a lot more. We visited places I don't think I ever would have thought of going before and I really enjoyed it. It's funny how lots of us don't bother to see our own countries; for me I think it's because it never seemed 'exciting' enough and I think when it's your own country you're not in a rush to do it as you know you can do it whenever you want.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2009, at 01:15 by bex76 ]

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Well, actually quite regularly in the past, less so nowadays.
Most of those trips are either daytrips or long weekends to a city or Wadden Island.
I also walked around Utrecht (where I live) and Breda (where I work) with my camera during the last couple of years. I also wrote a small blog about it here on TP.
I guess it is pretty easy in the Netherlands, as distances are small and there are lots of places to visit which are of interest. Still, for example, I haven't visited a Unesco World Heritage site which in the city where I live...makes you wonder

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I live just an hour from The Lake District National Park - and a great way to see it, is to walk from one Youth Hostel to another. Oh England away from the crowds.... Bliss.

8. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Well I visited this place, Uffington White Horse, yesterday, though unlike the photographer on flickr I didn't get an aerial view. You can photograph most of the White Horse from the ground though from a fairly acute angle.

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

I very often holiday in the UK, and over the past few years I've been to the highlands, the peak district, the lake district, exmoor and south wales. All of them were lovely and worth visiting, and all of them can be done reasonably cheaply if you're a bit careful about how you travel and where you stay.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #9#.... Superb. I forgot about Exmoor - did it years ago. Is it still just as wonderful?? Ever been to Whistman's Wood on (I think) Dartmoor?? There is a whole protected area of 20ft high 200-300 year old stunted oak trees. Some great beers down there in the South West of England too.