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Apr 15 2014

Rediscovering the UK and Ireland

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For those of you that might not know, I was born in the UK to Irish parents.  For years, I spent my holidays travelling mainly, although not exclusively, around the UK and Ireland.  That was because it was easier and cheaper than going abroad, and because I was curious about other parts of the UK and Ireland that I hadn’t been to.  Something I find surprising is when I discover that people travelling to far-flung places haven’t explored their own country.  It’s obviously not a prerequisite, but your own country is interesting to others and a place they want to, and do, travel to and explore.  Perhaps it’s a case of appreciating your own country more once you have travelled to other countries.  I know I have certainly found that.

Having only left Europe on 2 occasions, I was curious about these far-flung, exotic places that I had only ever seen on TV and in books.  So, it was time for me to see more of this world I hadn’t yet explored.  In 2008-2009, I did just that and have continued to travel since then, but mostly in mainland Europe.

Last year, I went to a cousin’s wedding in Belfast and then, while visiting her in Manchester, I decided to check out Liverpool, being only an hour away, because I had somehow never made it there.  I also taught at a summer school in Rutland, the smallest county in England, last year.  While I was there, I took the time to explore some places in Leceistershire I had never been to since they were close by.  Considering the fact that I thought I had travelled around the UK and Ireland, it became apparent that there were places I had somehow missed.  It was then that I realised it was time for me to check out places closer to home and rediscover the UK and Ireland.  There are many places I haven’t been to in the UK and Ireland for whatever reason and places I want to revisit because it’s been so long since I was last there and they, as well as myself, are likely to have changed in that time.

Following that ‘revelation’, I decided to make a conscious effort to continue what I started last year and travel around more of the UK and Ireland when I am in the country.  So far this year, I have been to Newcastle, Wales, London, and the Lake District.

The trip to Wales and the Lake District was good because it made me realise and appreciate the incredible scenery and variety of activities that are on offer close to home.  It’s wonderful travelling abroad and I am going to continue to do so, but I will also continue to explore more of the UK and Ireland.

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What do you think?  Did you travel around your country before you started to explore further afield?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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