This park is located near the Seoul World Cup stadium, and is made up of five smaller parks including the Pyeonghwa 'Peace' Park, Haneul 'Sky'

Staycation Tips | Don’t Go farther, Go higher!

This park is located near the Seoul World Cup stadium, and is made up of five smaller parks including the Pyeonghwa 'Peace' Park, Haneul 'Sky'

This park is located near the Seoul World Cup stadium, and is made up of five smaller parks. This is, Haneul ‘Sky’ Park in Seoul, Korea

When you are trying to figure out where you might like to go on your staycation, we often think about how far we’d be willing to travel. With gas at the price it is, we might not want to drive too far. Also, by driving too far from home we take more time away from the activities we may want to do that day. Maybe we are simply thinking to laterally… when we should be thinking vertically?

Globetrotter Staycation Tip: Look for the highest point of your Staycation spot that you can reach by walking. Climb high* and enjoy the view.

*Safely and legally, you maniacs.
A view from Geoje Island, South Korea

A view from Geoje Island, South Korea

This can most likely be done in your own city. Find what the highest point is in your city that you can get to. You may be able to walk there from your house which would make the entire trip free. If it is a bit further away, save money by using public transit and see the city you live in. If you live in a relatively flat city or town, you may have to look for a building which has a look out and this planning could take some more ingenuity. Always make sure you have explicit permission. You aren’t King Kong, hopefully. Some of the best times I had when I was living in Seoul, Korea where the hiking trips I was taken on with my co-worker Jin Woo. We would be walking up a relatively steep incline and I was able to see the hustle and bustle of the metropolis below and separate myself from the speed of urban life. These were times I wish lasted forever. You could have the same type of experience without leaving your own area. I think the best kind of afternoon would be to pack a lunch or snack, bring a book, art supplies, some music, binoculars, a camera or just yourself and see what being at that level can bring out of you creatively. A really great quote I was told once was:

“It’s hard to see the whole picture when you are in it”

Now, I’m not sure of the author of this (if you do, leave it in the comments), but I have carried that with me for some time. Shifting your perspective is a very healthy thing to do from time to time, and it doesn’t take much to do it. It could be as simple as an elevator ride or as complex as a hiking adventure, it’s up to you. Above all, aim higher and enjoy the view.

– Happy Globetrotting