Many international travel plans have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, forcing many people to stay within their own countries’ borders. However, just because going abroad has been hindered does not mean travel has been canceled entirely! Now, more than ever is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the hidden gems of your own country, the sights, attractions, and exciting destinations that you may not have considered visiting previously.

Traveling internationally still carries significant risks, particularly if you’re traveling great distances, which is why staying local is still the best way to keep yourself and others safe. 

What you might not realize is that choosing a local vacation versus an international getaway might be good for the environment! Local travel is not only responsible but also sustainable at this time!

If you’re thinking about taking a local vacation, we’re here to inform you all about the advantages of doing so!

Find a New Way to Appreciate Your Country

While traveling overseas is exciting, getting to your desired destination typically necessitates many transfers and connections. You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to travel locally, though! Consider how many places you haven’t visited yet in your own country.

It’s easy to become comfortable with your surroundings, but spending time traveling within your own country will give you a fresh perspective of your surroundings and allow you to uncover beautiful cities that are close by!

Right now is also a great opportunity to take advantage of local offers designed to boost local tourism and encourage people to explore locations they’ve never considered before. Another bright side is that helping local communities that have been in lockdown would undoubtedly aid the economy’s recovery.

Save Money While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

This year, you’ll have the opportunity to arrange a local, eco-friendly vacation! Most countries may be visited entirely by car in a few days on a road trip, effectively eliminating the necessity for air travel. Traveling in a carpool or with four other passengers has a substantially lower environmental impact.

Additionally, traveling locally for the holidays this year would save money that would have been spent on overseas flights otherwise. Rather than reserving pricey flights months or years in advance, it is considerably more cost-effective to simply get in your car or board a train to your destination. Shorter distances and lower local rates will ensure that your vacation will not leave you broke for months!

Aside from that, taking the train to your destination reduces your carbon footprint even further. When compared to flying, train travel reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by half. Although the train emits a lot of carbon, it is meant to transport a lot of people, so the per capita emissions are much lower. Traveling by train is also a terrific way to make the most of the actual journey because you can take in the surroundings.

If you opt to travel by car or train with your family or friends, you will be doing something good for the environment, lowering your carbon footprint significantly, and saving time and money.

Travel Spontaneously

Traveling abroad frequently entails cramming as many sites and attractions as possible into a short amount of time, in order to make the most of pricey flights to the destination. To attain this goal, you may need to take various buses, cabs, and public transportation choices, which may increase your carbon footprint and harm the environment in the long run.

Going to fewer sites is better for the environment and your wallet, and it allows you to prolong or shorten your vacation whenever you like, adding spontaneity and flexibility to your adventure. Visit as many places as you want, but because you’ll be spending less money on transportation, you’ll be able to spend more time in each one, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy all it has to offer. If you’re traveling by car, leave it parked for a few days and enjoy walking, riding, or utilizing public transportation to explore each town in a unique way.

Traveling within your own country eliminates the need for Visas or travel permits, making it much easier to decide on an overnight or weekend visit on the spur of the moment! 

If you have a busy schedule and little time to travel, exploring your own country is good because it allows for last-minute trips that require little or no planning.

Be Eco-Friendly and Help the Local Economy 

The benefit of traveling by car is that you can bring many items with you, such as a reusable water bottle, a tote bag for groceries, food containers, and travel utensils, reducing your need to use single-use plastic during your vacation. If you are going on a day trip, try to prepare your food ahead of time to avoid using single-use plastics. Reducing your use of plastic as much as possible is an excellent method to lessen your environmental effect.

Did you know that consuming food grown locally can also help you lower your carbon footprint? Imported food has a far larger carbon footprint than fresh food produced locally. So, instead of consuming packaged, imported food, choose locally farmed ingredients to minimize your carbon footprint. The more you consume locally farmed food, the more you help the local economy, which will be thankful for your support during this difficult time.

As worldwide travel has become increasingly difficult, now is the ideal time to discover the local attractions of the country in which we live. Investing our time, money, and energy in localities that we would have otherwise overlooked on our travel path is an excellent way to give back.

Traveling in a more green and eco-friendly manner is becoming increasingly popular as our habits change. Because of the shorter travel distances, more time to explore each place, and the opportunity to pack light, traveling locally provides us with more environmentally beneficial options.

We’re all becoming more conscious of how our vacation choices impact our environment. Every action we take has an effect on our environment, which will be felt by future generations. Let’s make sure that the decisions we make today will benefit the future we want to build!

Travel Locally to Tiburon, California

If you are looking for a short getaway, Tiburon, California is an excellent option! Tiburon is a stunning seaside village with magnificent views of the San Francisco cityscape and the Bay. If it isn’t on your bucket list already, it should be. 

If you’re traveling from San Francisco, the easiest way to get to Tiburon is to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge or take the ferry, which offers one of the most beautiful ferry experiences in the country!

One of the best things about Tiburon is that you don’t have to go out of your way to see spectacular views. This town is great for exploring by bike or on foot, with wildflower-covered rolling hills, peaceful, sparkling harbors, large envy-inducing houses, and an abundance of maintained waterfront walks.

After exploring the area, you can grab a bite at Tiburon Tavern, a gastropub restaurant that serves delectable New American food made using ingredients sourced from the town’s farms and gardens. 

For reservations at Tiburon Tavern, call us at 415-435-5996, or send us an email at crystaljka@gmail.com. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Tiburon!