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Adventurer Alastair Humphreys is an advocate of the ‘microadventure’. After a day of work, he suggests that you head out to the nearest field armed with a bivvy bag (a waterproof sleeping bag) and try sleeping in the open, enjoying a spot of wild swimming if there’s a nearby body of water. If you’re really squeezed for time then you can get back to your desk for 9am the next morning, invigorated by your quick dose of country air and the sight of the sunrise.
Make a beeline for your nearest cultural capital and build a micro break around a pair of theatre tickets. Dress to impress, take a picnic to enjoy on the journey or in a nearby park, and go for a starlit walk when you leave. If time and budget allow, treat yourselves to a night in a hotel and get breakfast in bed. If not, enhance your journey home with some nice chocolates, or a nightcap if you’re taking the train.
What do visitors do when they visit your local area? Even places that seem lacking in attractions are bound to have some tourist draws that are easy to overlook when you live there. Dedicate a day or two to seeing your surroundings with fresh eyes: go to that new restaurant that reviews have raved about, head to the closest viewpoint, or pop in to the little local museum that you usually walk straight past.
You can go abroad while foregoing the faff of airports, and Paris isn’t the only option. The Eurostar train to Brussels goes from London St Pancras and takes just over two hours, with tickets starting from £36 each way. Once you’re there, take in the city’s museums and palaces and stroll around the impressive central square, fuelled by Belgium’s famous waffles and beer.
If you live in the UK you’re never further than 70 miles from the sea. Make the most of this by taking a trip to your nearest shore, by bike if you’re feeling energetic or train if you’re bleary-eyed from business. Enjoy a coastal walk and a portion of fish and chips, and don’t forget to dip your toes in the water.
Setting up camp in your own back garden may seem a little silly, but if you have young children they’re bound to relish the sense of adventure, while you can appreciate the proximity of a flushing toilet. Make your den as cosy as possible, cook your dinner on the barbeque, and make a bonfire for marshmallows - and if it rains, you can always retreat indoors.
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