#Lifestyle: HOW TO EXPLORE YOUR COUNTRY LIKE A PRO || Many people dream of tropical paradises and distant, lavish resorts; yet, the whole landscape of opportunities lies at their doorsteps. They are unaware of beauties to behold in their provinces and countries, riches that wait to be unraveled. Well, traveling domestically is much more affordable and doable than venturing abroad. It can inspire you for your future trips or turn into an addiction. Either way, it pays off to get away from the daily hustle and bustle and embark on a thrilling adventure.  

In a driver’s seat

The allure of the far-away is strong, but what about spending some quality time in your native country? Rest assured that there are many advantages to traveling around it. One of them is the affordability compared to costly overseas escapades. You can bid farewell to expensive airfare, unfavorable exchange rates, pesky tourist traps, and inflated prices.  What is more, you have more freedom when it comes to planning.

Hitting the road in your own car gives you a chance to be in control and take whoever you wish, including children, elderly, etc. Then again, it is not a good idea to get careless. For instance, you do not want the car to break down while on the road. But, if that happens, it is a good idea to have a plan in place. I had to call a mobile mechanic, and the issue was fixed nice and easy. So, hope for the best and prepare for the unexpected.

Get the show on the road

First off, research what regions offer what you crave for. Doing homework allows you to make informed decisions and come up with a game plan. Identify places and sights you want to visit. Don’t go overboard because you won’t be able to see everything, unless you have a ton of time at hand. Take into account the factors of distance, proximity, and weather.

Once you figure out the itinerary and the order in which you are going to drop by destinations, you can create a budget and seek package deals. Book what you need to book well in advance. Arrange the accommodation for most of the trip, and leave some room for improvisation and spontaneity. Don’t overlook the time aspect: It is advisable to pick the right season for traveling and match the planned activities to that time of the year.

Clear sailing

Another benefit is that you can fit the trip in your schedule easier. And in case you are pressed for time, you can take a day trip or a weekend off. There should be enough attractions and picturesque sites to visit just a short ride from home. Also, it could be a good idea to head to places you had visited as a child or towns where your friends and family members live. Even such a brief journey can turn out to be a cornerstone of a new traveling tradition.

In any event, being a tourist in your own country is a treat. You know the language, are familiar with transport networks, do not need a passport, and are covered for health costs. Just stay flexible and keep an open mind. Learn about your country’s heritage and history. Set off into the sunset and appreciate the timeless and pristine nature. Meet new people, eat local cuisine, witness the majestic scenery, immerse in the vibrant culture, and expand your horizons.

Highways and byways

You may be itching to go aboard, but consider a domestic adventure first. Make a list of key things you want to see and do not leave things to chance. What pays into your hand is that domestic traveling can be worked around a busy schedule and a tight budget. Thus, go on, explore your own backyard, and discover its hidden gems. You will be able to see your country in a completely new light, experience memorable moments, and gain a fresh perspective.

 


Cover photo via @kversona 

 

Contributor Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.