Close-to-home holiday: rediscover places near where you live

10_Mar_2021Destinations, Get involved, Vision

Will we spend the holidays 2021 in our own country or even in our own region? The travel restrictions may represent an opportunity: we can (re) discover the nearest places, those beauties a few steps from home that, precisely because they are close and daily, we have never stopped to observe. It is the right time to do it!

By organizing a close-to-home holiday we can get back in touch with our traditions and rediscover what is wonderful around us, those places of our cities and our territories that we may have crossed thousands of times, but which we have never explored and looked at with the eyes of a traveler.

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Close-to-home holiday: your last minute vacations

Due to the proximity of the “destination”, a close-to-home holiday does not require long vacation periods and can also be organized at last minute: a free afternoon is enough to marvel at the beauties of your territory. Stop by the local tourist office, find a map with the main attractions in the area and choose where to start your visit: step by step, day after day, your city and your region will no longer have secret corners.

Alternatively, you can organize a day trip or take a tour in the surroundings over a weekend, allowing yourself an overnight stay in a holiday home or a B&B to get away from the daily routine. In this way, you can make your mini-vacation in any season: slow tourism in less crowded periods will allow you to fully enjoy the places and get in touch with people, knowing their customs and traditions. Plus, if you choose to sleep outside, in the off-season you will save money!

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Close-to-home holiday: a sustainable choice

A close-to-home holiday has another great advantage from the point of view of sustainability: to get to your destination you will not need to take a plane or a ferry, highly polluting means of transport. Maybe you could also give up the car and opt for a bus or a train, a bicycle or … your feet!

The more you decrease the ecological impact of your travels, the greater the opportunities for socializing, and your physical fitness will also benefit from it.

You can take a path and live a fantastic experience in the midst of nature, or discover how pleasant it is to walk in the city with your nose up, to find its hidden treasures and savor its atmosphere.

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Your travel postcards on

What kind of vacation is it if you don’t take home a souvenir? A close-to-home holiday can also create great memories, to share with your partner, family or friends. But when it comes to buying your souvenir, keep in mind that yours is a sustainable vacation: choose a shop run by locals to buy the item you want or a local product that friends and relatives who have stayed at home can taste. You will also contribute to the economy of your community!

Another “must” of every vacation are photos and videos: try to capture landscapes, glimpses, details and faces that can well represent your close-to-home holiday experience. And then … share them! 

You can send the images of your close-to-home holiday to your friends, as we used to do with postcards, or share them on the social channels of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

We are always happy to publish news and images of the destinations, seen through the eyes of those who live there. And if your gaze reveals particular depth and passion, you could be contacted to become a Ambassador and activate your city on our platform!

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Tips for travelers with severe wanderlust

What?!? Was your close-to-home holiday not enough to make your nostalgia of travel pass? Well, of course: it is undeniable that the emotions of traveling to discover distant cultures are incomparable, but right now we have to grit our teeth and think about the safety of ourselves and of those around us, in order to travel again tomorrow, together and freely.

While we stay at home we can make virtual tours of the cities we would like to visit, such as the one available for one of the next destinations: Málaga. To interact with this tool, you need to position yourself within the virtual environment by pressing the “Reorganizar videos” icon, between the horizontal icons at the top right: you can now visit all the places in the Andalusian city and the Costa del Sol, with 360° views. 

And what about a Live Venice Virtual Tour with the expert local guide Luisella Romeo?

Another option is to consult the websites of museums or local and national institutions: many of the virtual tours uploaded during the first lockdown of 2020, to continue to give everyone the opportunity to feed on culture, are still available today. The website of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, for example, hosts various links through which it is possible to “visit” the Archaeological Area of Pompeii, the Royal Museums of Turin and many other museums, palaces, castles and archaeological sites in Italy.

You may find that it is possible to get excited by the sudden changes in perspective of an architectural masterpiece even without seeing it, that it is possible to grasp the plastic and material secrets of a work of art even from behind a screen… or simply decide to start planning your next holiday on!

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