With many destinations becoming completely restricted this year to travellers from around the world, more people than ever are looking to travel closer to home. A road trip is the perfect way to explore your home country while keeping you safe and healthy in the comfort of your own vehicle. During this crazy year, while we are unable to fly away to new and exotic destinations, people are beginning to realize how much beauty and excitement lie within just a few hours of their own front door. There are so many reasons to choose a road trip for your family’s next adventure, so we’re going to explore the benefits of choosing a road trip for your next vacation or weekend break.
Choose your own itinerary
Regardless of where you live in the world, there’s always somewhere nearby for you to explore. I’m sure you’ve seen most of the major attractions within an hour or two of where you live, but have you ventured four or five hours away and beyond? Spend some time online looking at a local travel blog or road trip route suggestions. Even if you are short on vacation time, you’ll be able to find a fun two or three-day weekend trip to take. Road trips afford you so much more flexibility than air travel, and it’s completely up to you how long you spend in each stop along the way. If you are feeling particularly spontaneous, you can book your accommodation on the go, as there are some fantastic last-minute deals on hotels this year.
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Take up a new hobby
A road trip allows you to discover new places along the way, and it’s the ideal time to incorporate a new hobby or sport into your vacation. If you’ve spent this year cooped up at home practicing your photography, how about you elevate your skills on the road and enjoy a luxury travel photography shoot in a new destination? If you are an active explorer and enjoy hiking or water sports, drive to the coast or nearby hiking ranges where you can put your skills to the test in a new environment.
The best thing about road trips is that they offer you so much more freedom than other transport methods. While we’d be lost without planes trying to get to overseas locations, choosing to drive within your own country instead of flying is a good option in the current climate. It’s a much safer choice, as you’ll be able to distance yourself from crowds at the airport. While you might choose to include a few major tourist attractions on your route, road trips are perfect for exploring off the beaten track diversions and attractions.
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A budget-friendly way to travel
With many of us concerned about our finances this year, a luxury vacation is off the table for the foreseeable future. A road trip allows you to take a good break away from your home and work life, without breaking the bank. To save money, pack snacks and food with you to minimize eating out costs on the road. You’ll also be able to drive to smaller towns and out of city hotels, which will offer cheaper accommodation prices than inner-city hotels and resorts. If you are a large family, you’ll find driving to be more economically-friendly than paying hefty flight prices for four of more people.
Support local businesses
Many local businesses are struggling to stay afloat this year, and a road trip gives you the perfect opportunity to help out and control where your dollars are going. Whether you choose to dine at a local restaurant or stay at small, boutique hotels, you’ll be able to make a real difference to the livelihood of those business owners. Road trips generally create fewer emissions than flying, so they can be a more environmentally-friendly way to travel if planned well.
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Ready to go?
So, what are you waiting for? This is the perfect year to plan your next road trip adventure and explore everything your home country has to offer. While so many keen travellers are fixated on visiting exotic locations and ticking off their bucket lists, sometimes it’s good to slow down and appreciate everything that is around us. Take the time to map out your perfect route then get those vacation days booked in, and you’ll be good to go! A road trip affords you the opportunity to reconnect with your family outside of your home, and take in the beauty of your local area all from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle.
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