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How To Travel More In Your Local Area

Explore your own backyard

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One of the biggest pieces of advice we give to those wanting to travel more but don’t have the funds for a big trip, is to simply travel in your own backyard.

Traveling in your local area is a kind of travel that’s often overlooked because you think “I can go anytime,” which, let’s be honest, means you never end up going.

Traveling locally is a great way to make your travel budget go further, and we’re firm believers that travel doesn’t have to be far away.

In this guide, we’ll share our top tips for how to travel locally so you can explore the best of your home country.

What does travelling locally mean?

Our hometown backyard on the Central Coast

When I say your “own backyard,” I mean travelling locally. Travelling locally means exploring places that you haven’t been before in your home state, county, or region.

For example, you could live in New York City, but never venture to New York State. Or live in London and taking a trip out to see the surrounding countryside such as in Oxfordshire or The Cotswolds.

There isn’t an exact quantifier to describe what local means, but to make it easier for you, we would class local travel as exploring anywhere within a 1-2 hour radius from your home by car.

It can simply be somewhere you explore on a day trip or a quick weekend getaway.

Benefits of Local Travel

view of ocean with burleigh skyscrapers in background and reflected in water
Our Burleigh Heads backyard

The benefits of “staying local” and exploring your own backyard are numerous. Here are some of the top reasons why you would want to explore locally:

  • Cheap Travel it costs a lot less than going on an extended trip. You don’t have to pay much in fuel, accommodation, spending money and certainly not on flights.
  • Less Planning – no stressful planning in advance. You can pack and go the night before or even that day. And you don’t have to research flights, or keep up to speed on political events overseas.
  • Less Packing – at most you will need a day pack or a small suitcase.
  • Less Time Away – if you have a busy life or heavy work commitments, you don’t have to worry about getting time off.
  • New Appreciation – by getting out and experiencing new things in your own backyard, you will get to see your place in a new light and be more grateful for where you live.
  • No Burnout – having to constantly pack and unpack, deal with airports, border crossings and visa…

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