You don’t need to travel far to Escape Ordinary

The raison d’etre of this blog, Thirty Summers, is to encourage our readers to escape ordinary every once and a while. It’s actually not that hard once you start. Honest!

Slow down sometimes.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

We’re all such busy people these days. Never before in history have we been exposed to so much information and opportunity yet had so little time to partake. Today we often seem to corral our escapes and opportunities to relax into finite brackets of time called holidays or vacations. We look forward to them, experience them and then oh so quickly find ourselves back into the maelstrom of modern-day life. Almost as if we didn’t even have one.

Can you empathise with any of that?

I used to be exactly the same. Instead of stopping and smelling the roses I would buy them online and have them delivered. Rush, rush, rush. Getta outta my way!

But then I slooooowed down. Boy it was hard to do but I got there and it feels great. You can read more about my paradigm shift that enabled this new attitude here.

The Square Mile.

No not London’s Square Mile, mine. The 1.6 kilometre radius around my house. I really couldn’t have told you very much about it until this year. But in 2015 I’ve started to discover my own environs and appreciate more of what I have. Proust sums it up perfectly –

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust

It’s become clear to me that I truly don’t have to visit an airport to escape ordinary.

All images shot within one mile (1.6 kilometres) of my front door in 2015.

There many lanes around my house bedecked with Street Art.


Artist - RONE
Artist – RONE

There is always plenty going on around here. Urban living. A paradise for a street photographer.

Autumn came this year and for once I didn’t loath it. I loved it!


Then winter proper arrived. I spent many weekends watching the ‘Weekend Warriors’ play rugby union at a local park.

This year too, for the first time ever, I joined the local hipsters and grew my first beard.


The love for my family grew.


Spring came. And it was a very welcomed warming friend.

On the first day of spring (and on a grass desk in a local park) I did a review on the first six months of this blog. I decided to move it here to from a self-hosted platform. One of the best decisions I’ve made 🙂


This the last shot I have taken before posting this. Dusk about five minutes walk from home.


You don’t have to travel far to escape ordinary.

This is my submission into the Daily Post Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary


Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

9 thoughts on “You don’t need to travel far to Escape Ordinary

    1. Thank you. I just happen to live in a pretty interesting area I guess. My suburb is very urban with lots of street art and graffiti but also plenty of parks and green spaces to relax. Just tried to represent that with my lens. Appreciate you taking the time to comment. CHeers


  1. I love this! I’m actually just writing a post at this very moment about round 2 of something I did a couple years ago, whereby a tried something new every day. It taught me that I didn’t have to go far/change much as I could have an entirely new perspective on my own neighbourhood. Very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks very much for your comments! I can’t wait to read your upcoming post. The Marcel Proust quote in this post sums up my attitude these days. I do think that all the travel I have done (and will do) is enlightening and taught me so much. That said I am around my local area much more and really am now seeing it through “new eyes”. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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