If you travel locally, you will be able to see and experience things from a different perspective. Explore like a tourist for a day. Call it a staycation!
Why Travel locally?
Keep money within the community
Keeping the circulation of money within your local community, people closest to you are able to meet their needs and prosper. Such things as opportunity, creativity, and jobs within your local community are able to expand. Local infrastructure to support businesses benefits you and the rest of the community at the same time.
Travelling locally is beneficial in itself, but when you also make purchases for travel-related items (think backpacks, adventure clothing, summer beach products), made and sold locally, you are doing more to keep the money circulating closet to home.
Learning about and exploring closer to home will allow you to feel more grateful to live where you do
Knowing the history of your area and the unique nuances that make it the way it is will likely allow you to appreciate it more than if you were constantly aching to leave and explore somewhere further away.
While I generally prefer to explore places on my own, I know that when I take the time to speak to locals who know about the region (including the best places to eat, spend time in nature, and relax), I am much more immersed in the entire experience. There’s no reason the same thing wouldn’t be just as beneficial in your own hometown.
It is more environmentally friendly to not take plane trips, cruises, and long road trips
The popularity of ‘staycations’ have made it okay, cool even, to stay home and explore your hometown as if you were a tourist. With folks staying home or close to home for the foreseeable future, it’s great to get out on foot or bicycle to check out your surroundings. I bet there are places within your neighbourhood that you haven’t even explored, for instance.
Travel more frequently, since it’s quicker and easier to get to your destination.
An afternoon or full-day getaway can do a lot to recharge your energy and make you feel like you’ve had a bit of an escape. I get a lot of enjoyment from having a full day of exploring my city like a tourist, including checking out new-to-me restaurants and museums.
There’s no question that the majority of trip costs are tied up in transportation, like plane trips. If you travel locally, your money can go into the experience versus just in getting to your destination.
Local Travel and Tourism Organizations
Intrepid Travel fully believes in responsible business and responsible travel.
ToursbyLocals works with independent guide partners around the world to give travellers a local experience in a private tour setting.