This August, I spent a few days camping right outside Olympic National Park. We’d spend dawn to dusk exploring the park as much as possible. One night, we returned so late that we were even locked out of our campground!
On our last night, we made sure to come back early enough so we’d have time to do the typical camping thing. You know, grilling, campfire, s’mores. The perfect end to our trip.
As we prepped the fire, I started talking to our camping neighbors. It turned out that despite living in Washington State their whole lives they’d never made it into the spectacular national park… even though they were a mere 30 min drive from the gates as we spoke.
I know it’s beautiful out there, but we just haven’t made time to go out to see it…
And, thus, Local Travel Month was born!
This one offhand comment got me thinking how so many people consider “travel” to be this lofty goal, something that’s constantly desired yet only done once or twice a year (and that’s if they’re lucky). Factors like shrinking vacation days, working around kid’s school vacations and, well, life can get in the way of people realizing their travel dreams. But so many people forget that you don’t have to go far to have a really worthwhile travel experience.
And, I’m guilty of this thinking, too.
Even though I live a stone’s throw away from some of the East Coast’s most amazing sights, I often end up wasting my weekends away on the couch, blogging about travel and thinking about all the places I dream of going to. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (lazy couch days can be the best!), but for those times when the travel bug strikes, I’m realizing that there’s a lot that can be done over a weekend, too. You just have to think local.
Next week, I’ll post some tips on how to find the best local travel opportunities near you. And, in the meantime, stay tuned here for all of my local travel adventures. (And follow along with #TravelLocal on Twitter and Instagram, too!)