I know the title sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but when we think of travel we tend to think of getting many miles under the belt.
All too often tourists may see more of the local area and attractions than the local residents, simply because it will always be there to visit for the locals. On Wednesday of this week I screeched up to Fermoy on the motorway for a job, but returned by heading along the River Blackwater and cutting down to Cork through the minor roads.
Sure, I didn’t always know exactly where I was going but that was half the fun of it – not knowing what might come up next.
So having passed the wall-lined estate of Castle Hyde (home to Michael Flatley of Riverdance fame), I dropped to the waters of the Blackwater at Ballyhooly before taking the back road to Killavullen.
So why not get out this weekend on one’s own doorstep, take a few wrong turns and see just where you might end up and what you encounter. You may just be pleasantly surprised.