Love of travel starts locally.
Passion for adventure begins in a backyard, on a neighborhood walk, with a bookshelf, when you accidentally discover a new favorite restaurant down the street. Local adventures lead to longings for elsewhere.
Exploring your home turf can happen in many ways — through food, art, history, monuments, and outdoor spaces, to name a few. Some cities even offer “be a tourist in your own town” or “staycation” programs to help you uncover hidden gems where you live.
I’m not sure if I ever would have been interested in travel if I wasn’t already curious about the world around me, regardless of where I was. Cultivating an attitude of exploration locally will lead to adventure when you’re abroad. Don’t expect to be an adventurous tourist if you don’t look for adventure in the every day routine at home.
Plus, once you get acquainted with your local area, you’ll know how to bring the world home when you’ve returned from traveling. If you’re a frequent traveler or you want to become one, you’ll probably want to recreate some new experiences you’ve had at home. When I come home from being abroad, I often find myself bringing bits of those places into my life, whether it’s through food or music or some other piece of the culture that I appreciate. I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally — seven years after visiting Spain — find a place that serves great paella. (Now if only I could find a good place around here for ceviche. My recipes never turn out like I had it in Ecuador.) And ever since I returned from Italy, I can’t stop listening to Italian pop and my husband has been planning to perfect his homemade pizza recipe.
Start local, then take your love of adventure on the road!