Over the last years, the world we live in has changed a lot. I personally feel there is a lot more fear (even when we say we don’t give into it) and a lot more communities that question other people they share their space with. But luckily, there are also a lot of people that want to resist this fear-mongering and continue to accept and appreciate the way other people live, love, and believe.
In this article, I discovered that no matter where you live in the world, there is something special to be found in your own country, your own city, your own neighbourhood. Just just have to open your senses and develop the determination to find unique experiences around you.
Broaden Your World
In the current state of the world, many people around the world feel unheard and alienated. Communities stand more and more opposite each other, rather than next to each other, and we look at our neighbours differently, whether we like it or not.
Some influential people in our society want us to question the people we share our space with. They don’t want to accept the way other people live, love and believe.
But luckily, most of us resist.
One of the easiest ways to resist this fear-mongering culture is, besides participating in marches and protests, to get to know your own country more in-depth. To get to know and understand the people you meet on a day-to-day basis. To celebrate exactly those things that make us different. To share experiences and promote a greater understanding of each other and spread a message of acceptance, love, human empathy and connection.
Meaningful Backyard Travel
Not everyone has the means or the ambition to travel the world, let alone the rest of the universe, but getting to know the people you share your space with can be done by just stepping out of your front door.
Here are 5 ways you can explore your own backyard that will broaden your world:
1 – Be Curious
Just as when you’re travelling outside familiar places, asking questions and avoiding routine are one of the easiest ways to get to know a destination. Why do you always visit a certain neighbourhood? Why do you take the same way home each day? Why do you alway have the same lunch? Make the effort to understand more about your behaviour and the immediate world around you and you’ll be surprised at what you can find. Don’t forget to search for unexplored viewpoints, local hiking trails and buildings you can publicly access.
2 – Visit Local Events
Browse through local magazines and newspapers to find local festivals and events in your hometown. From farmers’ markets to special exhibitions and from arts festivals to open house days, you’ll be surprised how much is being organised every month! Perhaps there is even some volunteering you can do to meet your neighbours?
3 – Discover Through Food
Discover your neighborhood’s latest pop-ups, cafés and restaurants, or bring home produce that you’ve never cooked with before and learn more about different world cuisines that way. Food is one of the best ways to learn about other destinations without having to move very far, it brings back memories and feed your wanderlust for the future at the same time.
4 – Get Into Nature
Even when you live in a dense city, chances are there is some green not to far from where you currently are. Find fresh air and some quiet time in and around a local park, reserve, river, pond or lake, wood or even local beach. If you’re look to meet other people, see if there are any running groups or yoga classes being organised outdoors.
5 – Take Photos or Draw
When you really want to get to know a place, stop and take the time to really look at it. When taking photos, or even better, when you draw something, you focus on the details that are otherwise so easily overlooked. Ask your neighbours, friends, family and (local) bloggers or Instagrammers for recommendations on where to explore next. We all see the world around us from another perspective, so chances are they know an interesting place that you haven’t been before.
Adopt a traveler’s mindset and remember that no matter where you live, there is something special to be found. Don’t be afraid to do things differently and have the determination to find positivity and happiness around you. Let us know: have you already started to explore your backyard? What did you discover?