WHY LOCAL TOURISM IS PERFECT RIGHT NOW
The South African travel industry is seeing a bit of a renaissance right now. People are starting to look a little closer to home for holiday experiences. For those that consider the glass half empty, it’s easy to acknowledge this as a step down from our grandiose pre 2020 travel plans, for those that find opportunity in everything, it presents and excellent chance to see those unseen local attractions and hideaways that we overlooked before.
The truth is that luxury guesthouses in Johannesburg are becoming popular business because people are discovering the joy of local holidays, travelling within your own country, district, or city. Getting just far away enough to break away from it all without disrupting your schedule or bank account.
Over the last year there have been a lot of events that have worked together to make this happen. Let’s explore a few of them here.
LOCAL HAS BECOME RELATIVE
You know what makes the world seem like a much bigger place? Being confined to your home or apartment for the better part of several months during a pandemic. The need to travel after being locked down is a strong feeling, even when there were still severe travel restrictions in place.
This has led to a broader definition of what people consider to be local, with just about anything outside of your immediate surroundings feeling refreshingly exotic.
WE WANT OUR MONEY TO GO FURTHER
Economic times are not at their best, it’s no secret, everyone is feeling it. This means that nearly everyone has had to scale back significantly on what they spend their money on. Holidays, being a complete luxury, were the first thing to go for many people.
Local holidays offer the same reprieve from the hustle and bustle at a much more affordable price, what with all the travel expenses amounting to almost nothing.
This means that they offer a way for people and families to get out there and unwind for a bit, without spending from their tightly knit budgets.
EVEN THE SMALLEST STRESS RELIEVERS ARE WELCOME
Between a pandemic and a limping global economy, the average South African’s stress levels have never been so high. The fact that we can’t just dip into our savings to go somewhere and unwind doesn’t really help.
But for those willing to give local tourism a chance, it presents one of the best ways to completely unwind, without the added stress of exorbitant travel costs and organising itineraries. It might be something small, not all too exotic, where nothing unexpected happens, but even the smallest holidays can make a world of difference.
WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO TRAVEL
Post 2020 professionals in any field have a lot of catching up to do after the utterly unpredictable fiscal year we all had last year, this means that there is less time to enjoy downtime, at least for now. But for many, all work and no play leads to a rather unfulfilled life. People want to travel, even if it doesn’t take you very far, but simply don’t have the time available right now to do it.
Local holidays completely remove the complications of time spent on travelling and organising a holiday, they let you unwind in much shorter bursts so that the realities of the world don’t mount while you’re taking time off.
THERE ARE HIDDEN GEMS EVERYWHERE
When was the last time you ventured out to find hidden gems in your own town? Have you ever really done it? You might be tempted to say something like ‘The city of Joburg doesn’t have any, I know, I live here…’
But remember that there are people travelling here for that very reason, and they are finding those gems, because they do exist.
People who live by the coast spend the least time on the beaches, people who live in cities tend to stay away from them; you’re not going to find any hidden gems that way.
Being in ‘holiday mode’ tends to drive you to go out and explore what a destination has to offer, even if that destination is only an hour or so from where you live.
BOOK NOW AT OUR LUXURY GUESTHOUSE IN JOHANNESBURG
So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and make your own city the next big destination you set off to. Why not spend a few nights in our luxury guesthouse in Johannesburg? Visit the African Elephant Guest House website today to make a booking.