Trip Tips: Visiting an Estate

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I love to travel, but I LOVE to travel.  If I won $10 million in the sweepstakes, I would be booking trips around the world the next day.

I’m also one of those people that loves to research destinations, and tries to find memorable places to spend time.  In my various travels, I’d say that my favorite places to explore are grand estates.  I love wandering around the grounds and buildings, and imagining what the lives of its past owners must have been like.

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A few reasons why I love visiting estates…

  1. It’s easy on the wallet.  Visiting an estate is often cheap, and sometimes even free.

IMG_0152      2. It’s a great way to connect with the past.  When you walk through the     house/mansion/ruins and outbuildings of these old (rich) families, you are able to imagine them living their daily lives.  Many estate homes have the original furniture and possessions of the owners, and seeing these (sometimes quirky) items allows you to gain a deeper understanding of just how different and similar their lives were to ours.

IMG_0153       3. It’s good for your health!  An estate just isn’t an estate without its “grounds.”  Every estate I’ve visited includes landscaped gardens and walking paths that can allow you to feel like you’re in another world while getting all your steps in for the day.  Visiting an estate on a sunny day makes getting fresh air and exercise easy and fun.

IMG_0156      4. It gets you off the beaten path.  If you’re like me, sticking to the well trodden tourist spots can get a bit boring after awhile.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against visiting the most famous attraction in the area, it’s usually famous for a reason, but adding a lesser known destination to your list can be refreshing.  Wandering through an estate lets you feel personally connected to a place because visiting someone’s home is always a bit personal.

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Have you visited any estates in your travels???

 

 

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