If you have been keeping up with my blog you will know that I recently went on my first road trip about a month ago. It was a fantastic spring break, but it also made me realize something special. Travel is not limited to crossing international borders. I am always thinking about where the next stamp on my passport will be from, but what if I instead traveled to destinations within my own country? Living in the United States, there is so much to see and do within the country that I had never thought much about before.

United States License Plates

Don’t get me wrong, international travel is amazing, but it is not always an affordable or realistic option for everyone. Sometimes, a little travel within your own borders is enough to fuel that travel bug temporarily. It is so cool to be able to drive a few hours away and discover such a different location and lifestyle. The United States is such a large country that has so much to offer. There are mountains, beaches, national parks, festivals, big cities, lots of different food and music, and more.

Travel is not so much about where you are, it’s about exploration of yourself and a unique place and culture. It’s about opening yourself up to new experiences and trying different kinds of food or music for the first time. It’s about talking to the locals and hearing someone else’s story or meeting new friends. Travel is engaging in the moment and learning something you did not know before. You can travel across the world or to a neighboring city and still discover a fresh idea or viewpoint. Wherever you go, take advantage of the many possibilities that this world has to offer and don’t let those little moments slip away.


  • DianaDeGzz
    July 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I really want to do this when we get back, even though we’d be going to Mexico, which also has a lot to offer!

    • Marissa Sutera
      July 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Yes either way it would be a lot of fun! Really let’s you see a place from a new perspective 🙂 would love to hear how it goes!

  • Heather
    June 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! I love international travel, but I have 4 states left to visit and I cannot wait to see them (two nights or it doesn’t count)! So glad you embraced traveling here. 50 states – 50 totally different experiences. 🙂 – Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife (Followed you from #SundayTraveler linkup)

    • Marissa Sutera
      June 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Heather,

      Kudos to you for being so close to hitting 50 states! Hopefully I’ll get there eventually 🙂 There is so much to experience in the US!

  • Dave Cole
    June 3, 2014 at 5:32 am

    After spending the last several months outside of the US, this is precisely what I want to do when I get back! So much diversity throughout the country and an uncountable number of places to explore via the highways.

    • Marissa Sutera
      June 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment Dave, travel in the US has so much to offer and it can sometimes slip our minds when thinking about international travel!

  • Stephen Sutera
    April 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm



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