The thing about being obsessed with travel, is that it so often means being fixated on visiting far away places. It’s certainly true for me – I want to fly off to a new city as often as I can. But sometimes it’s just not possible. And even when it is, I think it’s time I started asking myself what exactly I’m looking for when I want to fly away, because I might not necessarily need to board a plane in a bid to find it.
This is why travelling locally is such a big part of #take12trips. The challenge isn’t about showing off; it’s about finding fulfilling experiences. It’s about enjoyment and exploration. You needn’t go far. And in the first quarter of this month, I didn’t go far at all. I stayed in Liverpool where I live now.
Here’s how I got on:
January: The Museum of Liverpool
An impromptu “I need to get out of this house,” moment led us here on a day when the weather was what can probably be best described as tolerable. I’d taken an afternoon off work for an appointment, but when I was done we headed into town with Holiday Baby, his grandparents and my nephew. Now, Holiday Baby has been in a good few museums before, but not for a while, and he’s so much more aware now. In short, he and his cousin (who’s only 8 weeks older), went nuts. It was all gasping and pointing and trying to run in three directions at once because they were so excited. Brilliant fun.
February: The Mersey Ferry
I’ve been on the ferry a few times in recent years because I love it. But I love it more when I’m with ferry first timers, just as I was on this occasion since my mother and father in law were visiting. It’s such an iconic way to see the historic Liverpool waterfront. And I got to play tour guide, which I always enjoy!
Read more: Get to Know Liverpool in 48 Hours
March: The Fab Four Taxi History Tour
Holiday Baby stayed home for this one, and it was nice to do something a bit grown up for a change. Fab Four Taxi Tours specialise in The Beatles, but this history tour was brilliant for both Beatles and more. It’s all about the stories behind buildings and monuments you see, but never give much more than a passing “oh that’s nice,” nod to. And a half hour guided tour of the spectacular Anglican Cathedral is included (though I recommend a visit to the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, too if you’re in the city).
Read more: #EvolvingCities – Exploring Liverpool
You can bet I’ll be doing more local Liverpool travel as the year goes on. But next month it’s time to take to the skies again – first up, Barcelona. Then back in the UK I’ll be heading to the Welsh capital, Cardiff to get stuck into Blogging business at the Traverse blogging conference.
Where has your #take12trips challenge taken you so far in 2016? And where will you go next?
Entry to the Museum of Liverpool is free but donations are welcome
The Mersey Ferry costs £10 per adult for a return trip (£9 if you buy online)
The Fab Four Taxi History Tour costs £60 and lasts approx 3 hours