A few months have passed since I last posted to this blog. As in previous years, the Autumn was very busy for me so the Christmas break and a few days away have been a real tonic.
We headed north to the Lake District. It’s just a few hundred miles from where I live but it is one of my favourite places, stunning in its beauty and tranquility (you need to stray from the beaten paths in the summer months). We hiked through landscapes that change constantly with the seasons, weather and light and we discovered parts of the national park, such as Elterwater, that I hadn’t visited before. I love the natural beauty of this region.
I wonder how many UK residents overlook the Lake District because of its proximity. It isn’t exotic. It saddens me that the wonders of the travel revolution mean people often don’t know what is on their doorstep or travel with so little regard for the environmental and other costs. Too often we believe that it can only be a holiday if it begins and ends in an airport.
The travel revolution has enriched my life. I have visited countries across four continents that few from previous generations could have seen for themselves. These journeys have been wonderful, formative experiences. However, foreign travel has also made me inquisitive about and appreciate what is closer to home.
So, as 2012 draws to a close I am looking ahead to what already promises to be a new year of change, I hope for the better, in my life. One constant will be my love of the natural world and discovering new places, at home and overseas. More travel related blog posts, and a few completely unrelated to travel, will follow.