Who said you need to spend a lot of money and travel far away on vacation? Sometimes it might be just as nice to stay at home and explore your surroundings. Everyday life is often too hectic to accommodate for home town sightseeing or other adventures. And isn’t it true that the traveling thing is something we grow ups need more than our children? Their universe is small, and (depending on the age of course) sometimes just a trip to the store to buy ice cream can be an adventure in itself.
My husband and I decided to spend the last weeks of the summer at home. Yes, we are very privileged to live in a house with a garden close to the beach. But we are also privileged to live in Oslo (still my favorite city) which is both close to the sea, the forest and the mountains (2-3 hours, everything is relative). For a while we had been talking about camping on an island in the Oslo fjord, but never had the time to do so until now. We picked a large island (Håøya) where the ferry runs daily. Just an hour away from the city centre you already feel like in a different world. The kids were blown away by the boat ride, and arriving on the island we found a perfect spot for our tent by the water. In short, the rest of the day (and the following) was spent throwing rocks in the water(the kids’ favorite past time activity) and occasionally swimming, catching crabs, eating and just hanging out. I think this was the best part. Just hanging out. The four of us together. No outside stress. And being outdoors the whole day was soothing for the soul too of course.
It was just that one night, but it still felt like we had been gone for a long time. Although holiday at home is nice, we all need a change of scenery once in a while. Just remember that the next adventure can be outside your doorstep, and not necessarily a plane ride away.