September 14, 2017

You’re From The South, But How Well Do You Know It?

The United States - not to mention the rest of the world - is a big and beautiful place, and there’s a lot of fascinating places to see from coast to coast. Seeing a show in New York City? Sounds pretty great! Touring the West's stunning national parks, such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite? Yes, sign us up! There's a misconception that you have to travel to far-flung destinations to have a good time. If you live in the South, then there are probably several things you haven’t yet seen. For your next vacation, stay local. Here are a few things you might want to do.

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Do Something Different

When we travel, we’ll usually automatically find ourselves doing something that puts us out of our comfort zone. When we feel like we’re relatively close to home, then that’s harder to do. It's not an impossible feat; all it takes is a little bit of extra effort. For example, if you’re usually one for exploring museums and the like, then put on a backpack and hiking boots and start exploring some of the South's amazing trails. If you always want to be outdoors, visit one of the cultural attractions you haven't yet seen. Traveling is about growing as a person, and you can only do that if you’re doing something new!

Seeing the Sights

You’re within just a few hours drive of some of the best sights in the country and you probably haven’t even realized it. Take a drive to Nashville to discover the home of country music; even if you’re not a fan of the genre, it’s awe-inspiring to see so many music lovers gathering in one place, and you’re sure to learn a thing or two while you’re there. If you’re a history buff, head to Savannah and see the city that was so beautiful that it was left untouched during the Civil War.

Attending Local Events

When, for example, people visit New York, they most likely visit the Empire State Building. But the best of that city isn’t in its most famous attractions, it’s in the local life and small sights, and the same goes for the South. To really get to know your area in a new way, make sure you’re attending local events and roadside attractions. You can book yourself into the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Jackson and attend the Tennessee Strawberry Festival, which has been running for more than seventy years. Or head down to Alabama for its annual Shrimp Festival. Go off the beaten track slightly, and you’ll be rewarded with unique experiences, and meet plenty of great people.

Switch Off, Plug In

If we’re traveling “locally,” then it’ll be all too easy to fall into the same rhythms of the everyday. However, you’ll get the most out of your trip if you treat your travels as a true vacation, so disconnect for a few days. Don’t check your emails, let the phone go to voicemail, and fully immerse yourself in the region of the world that you call home. 

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