With the future of international travel on hold for now, many are returning to the basics of domestic travel — specifically road trips, the original great American pastime.
Let’s Ride Again!
As we all settle into the new normal, we are looking to the future while longing for the past. This, of course, is felt most deeply in the travel industry. As born adventurers, we don’t like to stay in one place without plans.
Many of us grew up with fond memories of yearly summer family road trips.
See our country the way it was meant to be seen – on the road! The whole family squeezing into the car to set off on the next great summer adventure. Between fights and giggle-fits with my sister, we would watch the sunset over the Great Plains, pull over every five minutes to snap our first pictures of the lazy bison of Yellowstone, and stop for a picnic of endless PB&Js. These are some of my fondest memories and I was lucky to spend that time with my family. It was the start of my ceaseless love for travel. Where to this year? Let’s get out the US atlas and map it out.
In recent years, I think many of us—myself included—have held tightly to the “grass is always greener” mantra. Italy, Thailand, Scotland, and Japan have all been added to my travel repertoire-sometimes more than once! But my own home country has been left behind in past childhood memories.
International travel got less expensive and much more accessible, but now is the time to return to square one. Revisit forgotten roads, trails, and journeys with a new perspective and most importantly a new appreciation.
Endless Activities All Over the USA!
Domestic travel and road trips in general don’t have to be filled with the motels and the comically tacky roadside attractions of our childhoods. There are endless activities that have emerged over the last twenty years as the tourism industry adapts to new ideas and travelers. From cultural-immersion activities to new museums, farm-to-table restaurants to exclusive cooking classes, there is more out there to discover than we could have imagined.
For those of us that have set our sights on the faraway and mysterious, we have missed many new and exciting things popping up all over our own backyard. Although, the tacky roadside attractions are still there and very fun too. Think classic-Americana meets modern-tourism innovations.
The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side.
International travel will return. It will not go back to the way it was, but there will be a new normal. We will adapt, as we always do. But let’s use this time to reflect on times-gone-by and memories still waiting to be created. Maybe what we’ve been searching for all along is right here in front of us within the comfort of our own country. A familiarity and yet a vast open road ready to be explored. We can create magic right here.
The grass may be greener on the other side, but, lest we forget again, the grass is greener where you water it. So, let’s take advantage of our own backyard, support local businesses, and look to the future by getting back to basics. Road trips were the original American dream, so let’s keep dreaming.
I’ll see you out there on that big, beautiful American open road…
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Article written by Hannah Nowicki, Travel Agent at Sunset Travel & Cruise.