Sometimes, all you need is a change.
A change of scenery and an escape from the everyday can be just as rejuvenating as a jaunt abroad.
It was during a recent ‘holiday at home’ on the west coast of the Isle of Harris that I realised the reality of this. I hadn’t gone far – technically I was even on the same island – but pulling on a pair of wellies and getting out into nature, feeling the freedom of being out in the fresh Hebridean air, before flopping into an unfamiliar but exceptionally comfortable king-sized bed at the end of it felt incredibly refreshing. It felt like a holiday.
The salty sea air and blue skies, combined with the luxury of The Broch at Borve Lodge Estate, where my other half and I stayed for the weekend, provided the perfect setting for a relaxed getaway. Our welly-clad feet crunched, sloshed, and sank into the famous white sands of Luskentyre.
My fiancé got wet as he crossed a deceptively shallow-looking river at Borve beach. We watched clusters of little black birds with long orange beaks meet at the water’s edge; later we learned they were oyster-catchers, and they seemed to pop up at every strip of pure white sand we strolled along.
Highland cows loped around in fields, and more than once, we had a stand-off with an especially stubborn sheep on the single-track road (the sheep in Harris seem to be of a more determined breed than elsewhere). We stopped to admire the pre-sunset scene of calm at Tarbert Harbour, the boats mirrored in the water. Everyone we passed waved, whether we knew them or not.
Sunshine, fresh air, and a few hours outside in nature really is the cure for anything (not to mention an excellent way to work up an appetite – one we satisfied with the delicious eats on offer at Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert).
Here’s my advice: take a break. Travel, as I’ve said before, doesn’t have to be long-term or far-flung. Get outside. Go camping. Book a night in a fancy hotel in a different area of the city, or drive to the next town for dinner, drinks, and a night away from responsibility and routine. Travel is all about exploring and experiencing everything the world has to offer – even if, as in this case, it’s not that far from your front door.
Have you ever had a ‘holiday at home’, like I did on the Isle of Harris? Do you prefer short breaks close to home, or longer trips further afield?
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