5 Reasons You Should Travel Locally on Your Next Adventure

March 8, 2024

If you’re like us, you love visiting new places. You might have a few exotic destinations on your bucket list, just waiting for the day to make your dream a reality. But have you ever considered what lies just beyond your doorstep? There’s no need to jet across the globe when the stunning Alabama beaches are in your backyard, providing the perfect place to kick back, relax, and take in the scenery. Beyond the beach, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers family-friendly attractions, delightful restaurants, and fun shops, making any Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation exceptional. 

If you’re considering getting away, here are a few reasons to travel locally on your next adventure!

Support the Local Economy

Exploring Gulf Shores and Orange Beach isn’t just about enjoying the stunning beaches and exciting attractions; it’s also an opportunity to support the local community and positively impact the environment. Your local travel will benefit local producers and businesses, create more jobs, and strengthen the local economy. Plus, since many restaurants often source their products from within the community, you’ll reduce the carbon footprint of transporting goods. 

And you’ll find plenty of restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Whether craving a casual beachside bite or a gourmet dining experience, you can pick from dozens featuring everything from fresh seafood to steaks and pasta. You might have already had a chance to visit popular restaurants like The Hangout, Lulu’s, and CoastAL, but have you tried the incredible breakfasts and pastries at BuzzCats Coffee and Sweets? You might have overlooked the Sunset Cork Room, which is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner and is an excellent place for steaks, pasta, and seafood. Since you’re traveling locally, why not make multiple trips to find the best gumbo in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach or the most popular spot for a Bushwhacker?

Less time on the road means more time to pop over to the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen Market in Foley. Head back to your vacation home, whip up a delicious meal and a tasty cocktail, and enjoy a sunset at the beach!

Spend Less Time on the Road

Dreading the repetitive chorus of “Are we there yet” when traveling? With shorter distances to cover, you’ll spend less time in the car and more time having fun at your destination! Local travel offers greater flexibility, so you can spontaneously change plans and explore new places that might be a little off the beaten path. You’ll quickly see familiar places with fresh eyes and maybe even rediscover what makes them unique. Short trips also reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to more sustainable travel. Best of all, shorter travel times mean a less stressful experience, so you can hit the ground running when you arrive! 

If you’ve already been to The Wharf and OWA, take a day trip to Dauphin Island or Fort Morgan. Explore Gulf Shores and Orange Beach like a local and hit the trails or make a splash on the waterways. There’s always something new to discover on the Alabama Gulf Coast! 

Develop a Deeper Community Connection

Local travel will offer enriching experiences and help you develop a deeper connection with the community. Visit local shops, restaurants, and businesses, and start conversations with residents to learn about their experiences, traditions, and favorite spots in the area. Locals always know the best places to go; chances are, you won’t find some of their suggestions in guidebooks. Sign up for a yoga class or craft workshop, try something new, like parasailing or surfing, or take it up a notch and book a helicopter excursion or a guided kayak tour. Booking experiences with local guides will offer insider information and even stories about the area you may not find elsewhere, and it’s a fun way to learn more about your surroundings.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Visitors flock here annually for the family-friendly atmosphere and endless attractions like the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, home to over 300 animals, and Waterville USA, an expansive water and amusement park. If you’ve already seen the main attractions, now’s the time to take the road less traveled and experience something new! 

Take a glass-blowing class and enjoy local art at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Visit the Fort Morgan State Historic Site, a well-preserved fort with panoramic views of Mobile Bay. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities amid pristine coastal habitats, and the Graham Creek Nature Preserve offers miles of trails, disc golf courses, and more! Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures or peaceful moments surrounded by nature, you can find it all on the Alabama Gulf Coast! 

Enjoy an Elevated Experience

Experience the best of both worlds with Kaiser Vacation Rentals! You’ll get the convenience of being close to home but the experience of staying in a luxury vacation home. Near popular attractions and excellent restaurants, our stunning retreats offer the perfect escape after days spent exploring our charming communities and beautiful beaches. 

With exquisite interiors, plenty of outdoor space, and upscale amenities, you can expect the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and luxury. Best of all, when you travel locally, you can take your time and enjoy the sights, knowing you’re just moments away from your beautiful home away from home.

Make your stay genuinely unforgettable with Kaiser Vacation Rentals!

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