Don’t get us wrong, traveling internationally is truly life-changing! There are so many amazing countries to visit, and it is so important to go outside of your comfort zone and see the rest of the world.
However, you don’t always have to head halfway around the globe to have an incredible and rewarding travel experience! In fact, there are also many great benefits to exploring closer to home. Need convincing? Here are just a few of the reasons why we also recommend traveling within your own country!
1. It’s budget-friendly.
If you’re looking for a more affordable travel option, domestic is a great way to go. Say goodbye to pricey airfare, exchange rates, or vaccinations! Depending on where you want to travel, you may even be able to eliminate flying entirely. This means less saving and more immediate exploring!
2. There’s so much to see & learn!
There are truly endless opportunities for travel and exploration within your own country! No matter who you are or where you live, exploring domestically can broaden your horizons and teach you more about your country’s heritage.
3. It’s easy to stay connected.
When you travel within your own country, you will still have full access to your cell phones and other devices! This allows you to easily check in and share your adventures with family and friends back home. It also helps out in a pinch if you need to call a cab or order a pizza!
4. You can form lifelong friendships across the country!
Meeting new people is by far one of the most rewarding parts of traveling. We have an amazing network across the globe who are excited to welcome you to their city, country, or state! And when you travel domestically, staying in touch with your new friends couldn’t be easier. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to invite guests to visit your city too!
5. It can fit into a busy schedule.
Can’t get away for long stretch of time because of work, school, or family? Exploring your own country is a perfect solution for people with busy lives. Travel time to your destination tends to be quicker, making it more feasible for a shorter stay that gets you back home in no time!
6. You can visit friends along the way.
Do you have friends and family across the country that you don’t get a chance to see as often as you’d like? When you choose a destination, think about whether there is an opportunity to connect with loved ones along the way! Having friends, family, or even choir alumni come out and see your performances can make the experience all that much more meaningful!
7. It’s just plain easier.
To be completely honest, staying within your own country means that there is a lot less to worry about. You won’t have think about currency, passports, or understanding a foreign language. Since you’re already familiar with the cultural norms and ways things work, you’ll more quickly be able to focus on the fabulous sights and opportunities surrounding you!
8. It will inspire future travel!
Once you start traveling it’s hard to stop! A tour within your country is a fun way to keep your travel bug at bay while you plan and save for a larger, international tour! Alternating shorter, closer domestic tours with longer, farther destinations means you’ll never have to stop exploring!