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Liz describes her blog, Little Holidays, as a travel website dedicated to helping you treat yourself. It is only fairly new but already interesting.
Last fall, I stayed in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic for two months. While this might seem like a long time to stay in one place as a traveler, I never ran out of things to do.
Weekends were spent in wine festivals, swirling glasses and mingling with locals. Other days, I hiked the Palava mountains and the Lednice-Valtice landscape, hung out at cafés in Brno, walked around the vineyards in Sedlec, and explored the castle town of Mikulov.
Beyond the touristy sphere, I navigated the groceries, visited small art shops, learned to cook with local ingredients, and walked around the neighborhood with my friend’s dog. I even started to grow my own tomatoes and bell peppers, which I then learned to turn into homemade pasta sauces.
Compared to my other previous travels (which were short, action-packed holidays), I noticed that staying put in one place made me less tired and frustrated. Unpredictable weather patterns couldn’t bring me down. I had no plans so I didn’t need to change plans. And most of all, I didn’t need to take a holiday from my holiday. It was what a holiday should be – restful, enriching, and uplifting.
Do you have any other tips to share with us on how you become part of the local scene when you travel?