1000 Flowers for the Planet - #367 Support Local Tourism
I recall the time I was in Venice sitting in a cafe when some locals came up to my group and asked if they could join us to practice their English speaking skills. We learned that this couple lived in the countryside just outside of Venice, and had never been into the churches and other attractions in that magnificent city. Naturally, as Aussies, we said, “come along with us, mate.”
My family has always shown interstate and international guests around our local tourist attractions. I grew up regularly visiting the sites in my city and those within a couple of hours drive away. It’s a healthy activity that supports local tourism, as well as providing you with a deeper insight into your own environment. Don’t grow up and fade away without ever having explored your local area properly. Visit the attractions regularly and support your own town/city/area and its workers, who rely on visitors for their income. If you have a local zoo, try to support them financially as well, through donations and gifts. Maybe there’s a beautiful geological feature not far away, a waterfall, a gorge or a beautiful lake. Go and check it out. Have you lived in Sydney and never been to the Opera House? Have you lived in Melbourne and never seen the view from the top of the Shrine? How many New Yorkers haven’t been up to the top of the Empire State Building? Don’t miss out. Be sure to take visitors from out of town to see your local attractions and be proud of them. You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the rewards of this amazing world we live in – every spot has something to be proud of. Do some research to see what gems you can find locally and schedule a visit in your diary for some time within the next month. Go and explore.