There are over 43 thousand daily flights handled by the Federal Aviation Administration and over 15,800,000 flights each year, according to information from the FAA. Air travel might be popular, but sometimes it can be crowded and stressful. And while airplane travel allows for efficiently getting to a destination, not everyone can fly or wants to fly. If you’re looking to plan a summer holiday but don’t want to fly, or just want to try something unique, we’ve collected a couple of travel ideas for your trip that won’t require you to take an airplane.
Plan A Day Trip
Regardless of where you live, whether it’s a big city or a small town, you likely don’t spend a lot of time exploring your area. While many of us dream of traveling to far away locations across the sea, we sometimes forget to take advantage of the adventures in our own backyard. One unique summer holiday idea is to treat explore your hometown like you’re a tourist.
Try to see where you live with fresh eyes and do some research. Find popular restaurants and shops that you’ve never been to before and make a list of popular tourist attractions in your area that you haven’t made it to yet. You can even book a hotel room in your city for a home away from home vacation. To go even further off the beaten path, try to find a local guide that features town secrets or myths that out-of-town tourists wouldn’t likely know about. Make yourself an expert on your city.
Go on a Road Trip
If you can’t fly or are tired of waiting in airports for hours at a time, the best way to travel across the UK, or anywhere really, is to take a road trip. Air travel might be fast, but you don’t get to experience the many strange, exciting, and surprising sights along the way. All you have to do is make sure you have a reliable vehicle to take you along for the ride.
You can plan an iconic road trip route such as through Snake Pass in England or Black Mountain Pass in Wales. Or, you can create your own travel itinerary based on cities and sights you’ve always wanted to see. You can customize the trip and plan restaurants, national landmarks, cultural sites, museums, and more that you want to hit as you take to the open road.
Think Outside the Box
There are many ways to plan a fun summer trip that doesn’t involve airplane travel. If saving money is keeping you from traveling, going on a short road trip or being a tourist in your hometown are also great ways to vacation without breaking the bank. Sometimes it takes a little bit of open-mindedness to find the perfect travel adventure.