I’m halfway through October’s Local Travel Month, and last week I shared why you should travel local. Today, I wanted to let you in on a few ways that will help you get in on the Local Travel movement, too.
Here are my top tips…
* Visit your local tourism office and grab any brochures that catch your eye. Look for fun and unusual places or attractions you haven’t visited before. Or, get ideas without even leaving home! Each state has a main tourism website, and often each county or city will have their own micro-sites as well. To find them, just type in your state/ county/ city into Google, add “tourism” then hit “search.” And… voila! Lots of travel ideas instantly appear right at your fingertips.
* Head to your nearest big city and just be a tourist for the day. Hop on one of those big, unabashedly gaudy double decker busses, go on a duck tour or, my personal favorite, sign up for a walking tour. Chances are you’ll learn heaps of fun facts that will give you new insight and excitement for your hometown (and give you something to talk about around the water cooler!)
* Who knows your interests better than your loved ones? To get some perfect-for-you ideas, talk to your friends, family and co-workers. See where they’ve been that they’ve loved to get ideas for yourself.
* Go old-school and pull out a map of your area. Draw a radius that covers a few hours driving distance from your home, and see what falls inside the circle. Pay special attention to the better-known places that are in your “local travel zone”… any that you’ve never been to before are the perfect place to start.
* What’s black and white and full of great local travel ideas? A newspaper, of course! Most newspapers – whether one of the big ones to a local gazette – include a travel section at least once a week. There’s always a ton of local ideas to help you know what’s hot in your area right now.
* Find a really unique or unusual local festival to attend and make a day out of it! While I was in Southern Delaware last weekend, there were actually 2 major festivals going on: the Apple-Scrapple festival and the Rehoboth Jazz Festival. The whole region was buzzing with excitement, which made it a really great time to visit. To find festivals near you, check out Festivals.com or your state’s tourism calendar.
Please add comment below to let me know what you think about these ideas, or if you have other ideas to add to the list!
And keep checking back to Packed Suitcase for all of my local travel adventures. Next weekend I’m heading to Maryland’s charming eastern shore to see the best of the best of Talbot County. (And follow along with #TravelLocal on Twitter and Instagram, too!)