For as long as I can remember I have had the Travel Bug, my Dad calls this my “itchy feet” since I could never stand still. I loved going on road trips and vacation getaways with my family as a child, then exploring on my own as I got older. I was excited to get my Passport so I could travel to distant lands and experience the World!
After two trips outside the United States I realized that my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona was an exotic location for many people. The locals that I was visiting were just as fascinated by USD currency, desert climate, and the “wild, wild, west” as I was with their home. Some of my new British friends even made the trek out to Phoenix to see for themselves. Treating my home as base camp, we explored my neighborhood through tourist eyes. And I discovered treasure in my own backyard!
Exploring in your own back yard is easier to bring pets (my dog loves road trips!) and large groups of people.
Local travel, by definition, requires little to no travel time, zero hotel expenses, and light packing!
My comfort zone for a day trip is less than 3 hours travel each way, which allows me to explore desert (including this desert garden), mountains, lakes, and even stop for lunch in Mexico! An overnight trip expands my options immensely.
Far flung destinations are great travel goals and should be savored. Remember to mix it up and explore the exotic location in your own backyard, too!