Many of us have dreams of traveling overseas but what about our own beautiful country? How much do you know about your country and continent?
Traveling locally can be such an amazing learning experience and cost-effective as well.
This year, I made a promise to myself that I want to explore Africa first before I think about taking another international holiday.
10 reasons why you need to travel locally first:
1. Learn about the different languages and culture
Did you know that there are around 1500-2000 languages on the African continent? We live in a multicultural society. When you travel, you are bound to pick up a few words from different languages.
2. It’s cost-effective and mini getaways are possible.
If you are on a budget or don’t have much leave, traveling in your own country or continent might be the best option. I recently did a cruise to Mozambique on MSC cruises which was budget-friendly and a bucket list experience – the cruise covers a lot of the entertainment and food which is like always available onboard.
3. Make new friends
The best part about traveling is the people you get to meet. I’m one of those people that loves making friends with the locals and learning about their experiences in the city. I’ve met such amazing people all over the world that I will never forget, like my Uber driver in New York who is also writing a book.
4. Learn about the history of the country you live in
Our country is rich in history. History that will make you think about how far we’ve come as a nation and what our great grandparents had to experience so we could have a better future. Visiting museums and historic sites will humble you.
Have you visited any of our amazing heritage sites? This is education at your fingertips.
8 Heritage sites:
- Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng
- Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo
- Vredefort Dome, Free State
- Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, Northern Cape
- Robben Island, Western Cape
- Cape Floral Kingdom, Western Cape
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal
- Maloti-Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal
5. Get out of your comfort zone
We get so used to our routine that we forget to explore what’s around us. Perhaps this is the time to do something on your bucket list or take the plunge and jump off Orlando Towers in Soweto.
6. You will experience places you never imagined existed
Did you ever think you could share a beach with penguins? OR sit at the tip of the mountain to view a city? These are breathtaking experiences that you can have in your own country.
7. Try different cuisines
In South Africa, we are lucky to have so many different cultures and cuisines. Traveling to different provinces can give you a taste of the amazing food we have available.
8. It puts life in perspective
Seeing how people live in different parts of the country or continent always puts life in perspective and makes you take a moment to appreciate what you have.
9. Celebrate our award-winning attractions
South Africa on its own has a lot to show off. From award-winning restaurants to award-winning destinations. Let’s celebrate our win as a nation.
10. Support local businesses
The best part about traveling locally is you are investing back in your own country. By supporting local businesses, you are giving many locals a job.
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