Everyone knows that travel broadens the mind, but that doesn’t mean you always have to go abroad. Taking the time to be a tourist in your own country can be a hugely rewarding experience and, more often than not, you’ll find that some of the most fascinating sights and cultural experiences around are those closest to home.
For example, Yorkshire has been named the top travel destination in Europe by a top industry body two years running, and the highly respected Lonely Planet travel guide places Yorkshire third in its list of the top ten regions of the world to visit, just behind India and Australia. The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle – a huge collection of sculptures based around four separate venues – has been praised in the New York Times and also named Museum of the Year.
Chester Zoo has already topped a list of the best zoos in the UK, placed fourth on a list of the best zoos in Europe and has been voted the seventh best zoo in the world. Now it is set to get even better, thanks to the opening of a £40 million project recreating the exotic islands of South-East Asia within the attraction.
Whether you are visiting Yorkshire or Chester, the city of Manchester makes an excellent base and is itself a must-see stop of any tour of England. With Premiership football matches, world-class museums and art galleries, international festivals and high-profile concerts, there is always something going on.
If you want to travel around in the country in a little more style, you’ll find plenty of lovingly restored VW campers in Manchester, both for sale and for hire. Travel around the countryside in one of these and you’ll be sure to put a smile on the face of everyone you pass. You’ll also have a smile on your face from the moment you get behind the wheel and, once your tour of Yorkshire and it surrounding areas is over, you’ll have plenty of great tales to tell about Yorkshire Puddings, Flat Caps and a VW Campervan ….
Until you take the time to explore your own country as a tourist, you’ll never know how much you’re missing out on. And once you do, your holidays will never be the same again.