We often don't appreciate the great things on our own doorstep. It is easy to take for granted the things our own town or suburb has to offer. Why don't we take more notice of the local attractions and really explore them?
I'm too busy There are lots of things to do each day with a job and caring for family. It can seem difficult to find time to explore our local area.
No rush. It will always be there It is easy to assume the local museum will be there a year, two years from now. I'll get around to looking at it one day. I used to live a few kilometres from a fauna park and I am glad I made the effort to take my children there a few times. It closed down. We have treasured memories and photos of visits to that fauna park.
Wombat at fauna park Image by Marie Vonow
Okay it wasn't in my own town, but there was a seahorse farm about an hour away from here. It was a place I was interested in visiting 'one day'. When I decided I was finally going to do it I looked on the internet for opening times and other details. I was disappointed to find it closed a couple of years earlier.
It's probably not that interesting Sometimes we assume the things that are close by won't be of a high standard. However, visitors to our town or area will search these places out and have a look at them.
Sometimes attractions are small. There may be just a few birds and animals at a local attraction but it can still be worth the effort to look. Sometimes small places are actually better for young children who may get too tired and therefore cranky with a big day out. Small places may be free or cheap compared to a bigger attraction and finding a park tends to be easier.
I've never heard of it We often don't know about attractions in our own area because we haven't picked up brochures at the tourist office or done an internet search.
I need to be in holiday mode Perhaps you don't feel in the mood to explore your local area because you tend to be tense, focussed on your job and routine home life. That could be an indication you need to make time to enjoy the attractions around you.
There's nothing worth exploring here There may not be any big attractions. Where you live may not have anything you would find listed in a tourist brochure. However, if you have a good think about it and really look you may find things of interest or beauty. These could include -
beautiful autumn leaves
amazing sunrises or sunsets
beautiful almond blossom in late winter
pretty jacaranda flowers in spring
interesting old stone work
lovely birds at a particular time of the year
interesting back streets or lane ways
something quirky during a festival or celebration
Street art on wall in side street Image by Marie Vonow
Knitting on tree. I don't know why it was there but it made me stop and look. Image by Marie Vonow
Sometimes we need to change our mindset or attitude to see the things that have been there all the time. We may need to practice mindfulness. Ask yourself what interesting things you could show a visitor from overseas. Do a bit of research on your local area. Make the time to enjoy the things around you rather than waiting until you go on holiday somewhere else.