• Ashley Nicole

The Challenge

How many times have you sat around wondering what to do? You've got a whole day off with nothing at all planned. It seems that this happens to me quite often.

I work 5 days a week, during the evenings, with Mondays and Tuesdays off. This pretty much means that whenever the rest of the world isn't working, I am, and vice versa. Most community events take place on evenings or weekends, when most of the people I know are off. It feels very odd sometimes.

Anyways, my husband and I often have one day a week off together. Sometimes it's really tricky to figure out how to spend the day. It's like we want to use, it because it's our only day off together, but finding the motivation to make a plan can be such a challenge sometimes.

This past week, we had a co-worker ask what we were going to do during our time off together. When I explained that we hadn't yet decided, he gave us a suggestion - go to the other side of the island and check out The Needles.

The Needles is a famous landmark at the Isle of Wight. On the west coast of the island, there are large rock formations which stick out of the water. They are quite pretty and the whole area has been made into a tourist attraction, built up with a cafe, gift shops and kiddie rides. 

Since we had never been to see the Needles, we decided that we would take the recommendation and go check it out. It was a crazy windy day, and many of the tourist bits had closed at the end of the season, but we still managed to see The Needles, check out an on-site glass making workshop as well as walk along The Needles Battery, finding some good points of the landmark along with an old rocket testing site. Needless to say, we had a good time getting out and doing something different.

I feel like quite often so many of us feel stuck in a rut. We feel like there is really nothing new to do and nothing exciting to see. I want to take a stand against this idea and here comes the challenge: The next time you are looking for something to do, pull up Google and search something like "Things 45 minutes from __(the town that you are in)___". Whether by bus, bike or by car, I can imagine that you can find something unique to do that is close enough for you to get to. Sometimes by searching this, you can even discover something in your own town that you didn't even know about like an upcoming festival or a great place to hike.

The more I try this, the more things I keep finding to do here on this island and I think it could be the same for you too. The next step is to muster up the motivation and get yourself out there. Who know what adventures may lay ahead? 

Looking to travel a little further away? Here's a post about how to travel when you lack the resources.