Having both been lucky enough to travel a lot over the years we have friends and family across the world.
Prior to March 2020, it had felt that the world was a pretty small place and that any one of these people were just a quick flight away with the big barriers being cost, environmental impact plus the practicalities of travelling with young children.
Then came along a pandemic to shake that all up.
Not being able to visit family, see friends, explore different places, plan trips, deepen those connections with others that live away from our local area made us realise how important that was to us and grew our appreciation of the travel industry and our love of adventures.
Yes, this has lead to more micro adventures at home and making sure we know and love the wonders that are on our doorsteps but, as we creep out of this last 2 years of social isolation, we are looking forward to spreading our wings again, recharging and reconnecting with those who live around the world and planning some trips.
World Tourism Day (27th September) recognises that there are social and economic benefits that tourism brings to everyone especially those whose livelihood relies on it. We've all seen our local areas suffer as a result of this pandemic; jobs being lost and businesses folding.
So. even if you are not able to travel more widely yet remember to keep exploring locally. Walk, talk, chat to people, tell others visiting your area about the brilliant places you know and love.
Share your knowledge.
This focus on sharing is at the centre of our favourite way of travelling #houseswapping which has opened up opportunities that would never have been possible.
Saving money, having adventures and being connected to local knowledge all in one.
There is NO better way to travel.
Jo and Polly
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