This is a big, beautiful world, and if you like to take vacations (and who doesn’t?), there’s no shortage of exciting destinations to explore. If budget and time were no object, many of us would spend all of our days exploring the globe. The romance of eating a baguette on the Seine, hiking in the Andes, or laying on the beach sipping drinks from a coconut in a tropical island paradise are all very appealing.
Often, when considering our next getaway, our thoughts head to exotic, globe-hopping destinations. There are a lot of compelling reasons, however, to consider a vacation closer to home. Here are some:
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1. America the Beautiful
We can lose sight of the fact that the Unites States has some of the most breathtaking and diverse geography in the world. We really do have it all – from tropical beaches to frozen tundra, and everything in between, including the Grand Canyon, one of the true natural wonders of the world. We have both unspoiled wilderness and sophisticated cities with world-class culture, shopping, and dining opportunities, often only a few hours’ drive apart.
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Just because people live in the same country as you do doesn’t mean they’re the same. You don’t have to travel to another continent to find a vibrant regional culture to immerse yourself in. As a nation of immigrants, the US is a great cultural melting pot. The world’s cultures have brought their best here, and you can experience it without having to go to far from home.
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Domestic flights are far cheaper than international ones, and seat sales are far more common to destinations in the US. You can travel more cheaply by car, and American public transit (buses and trains) is economical, reliable, and safe. Because you’ll be paying in US dollars, there are no currency conversion costs, and no fluctuation in the value of your money.