Generation Z: There’s No Place Like Home

Generation Z: There’s No Place Like Home

By Ashley Carr

Photo by John-Mark Strange on Unsplash

I have been fortunate enough to travel to 8 countries in my short life, but I must tell you, there really is something special about my home County of Devon. In this article I will share with you some of my personal experiences of travelling, and conclude by telling you that despite having seen some of the wonders the world has to offer, Devon has unique qualities that surpasses them all.

I await my train at Cais do Sodre, Lisbon’s central train station, and I am all prepped for a day at Cascais beach. It is around 33 degrees Celsius, and I wonder if I have put enough factor 50 on (spoiler – I didn’t).

The train follows the coastline of the river Tagus, and I am reminded of the Exeter-Dawlish line back home. Then, I finally catch a glimpse of the world-renowned beach at Cascais. It is everything I imagined it to be and more. I immediately make friends with a Portuguese couple, after we strike up a conversation whilst putting our litter in the bin! They introduce me to their friends and we all have a fantastic day in a fantastic location. I’ll always remember my day at the beach.

One of the best days of my life started in panic. I and my friend James had made plans to take a day trip to Hua Hin (the Thai version of Butlins) from our base in Bangkok. I had a rough idea of where we could find a mini-bus that took the 200km trip every day, however when we got to the location, there was no mini-bus in sight. Our only option was painfully obvious – talk a taxi driver in to making the arduous journey that would take several hours. After a few rejections we finally found a travel buddy. Once in Hua Hin we headed straight for a motorcycle hire shop and began the 45 minute ride to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, taking in truly breathtaking scenery as we went. On the way back to Hua Hin I happened to break down. Suddenly a pick up truck pulled up, causing me some worry considering I was in the middle of nowhere. Then, out came a child, a man and a Buddhist monk offering assistance! An extraordinary way to cap off an extraordinary day.

Despite my travels, the most magical place I have experienced is Devon. A hot day in Cascais is a dime a dozen, but a hot day in Exmouth or Dawlish has a je ne sais quoi because of its rarity. The exotic countryside of Thailand doesn’t have the same tranquillity as the rolling hills of the fields surrounding Tiverton. The transition from Medieval to modern in the area around Exeter Cathedral is unique to anything I’ve ever seen.

As Sir Harold Edwin Boulton wrote

“When Adam and Eve were dispossessed of the garden hard by Heaven, they planted another one down in the West. ‘Twas Devon, glorious Devon!”

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