• October 10, 2021
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Domestic tourism is carried out by the local population of a country within its territory. Although this category does not bring foreign exchange to the country, it presents significant economic and other benefits for the country in which it develops. One of them is restraining the outflow of foreign exchange coming from tourism by the local population.

A prerequisite for the development of domestic tourism is the existence of certain conditions. Initially, the appropriate means of hospitality should be created, which should be affordable for local tourists.

The inadequacy of the means of hospitality is one of the main impediments to the development of domestic tourism. The tourism policy of some developed countries and all developing countries has as its main purpose the service of foreign tourism which also brings foreign exchange to the country. Therefore, all the main means of hospitality, like accommodation, created either by the government or private funds, are addressed almost exclusively to foreign tourist customers who have the financial means to purchase the services they offer.

Complementary accommodation could serve the basic needs of domestic tourism especially during holidays, summer or winter, when the demand is high. Also, a basic condition is the improvement and development of various means of transport, in order to make the movement of local tourists in the territory of the country easier, faster and safer.

During the last couple of years, our need to “leave” is imperative as we are still in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. And when we talk about traveling, we are referring to destinations where we feel safer in terms of health. So what better than a road trip?

A road trip by car is a special travel experience. In fact, most of the time, it is not so much the destination that matters as the organization of the trip itself (possibly months in advance), the moments you experience while crossing a place bit by bit and the visual pleasures throughout the trip, probably until the car engine is switched off.

With a road trip, your costs are evenly distributed over the days. Every day, you will probably pay about the same amount for food, accommodation and petrol.

When it comes to food, prices do not vary much across the country. But do not take your food calculations too lightly.

For example, do not assume that every day of your trip, you will skip breakfast (as you do at home), eat some cheap fast food for lunch and then eat a regular dinner. Being on the road can make you hungrier than normal and you certainly do not want to be in trouble while driving.

Also, remember that your road trip is a vacation. You may want to enjoy a really good meal or two, so budget for it.

The best way to calculate the cost of your food is to price all the items you can eat on a typical day, add a few extra euros per person and multiply it by the number of days of your trip.

If you are on a strict budget though, what you could do is get a small battery operated fridge and fill it with some supplies like food, water and snacks. Especially if you travel to unfamiliar areas or if you want to change your road plan, you will know that you are at least covered in terms of food.

When it comes to accommodation, your trip may include different types of it. For example, you can stay in hotels, in your car on the road or with relatives as soon as you arrive at your destination, and then visit one or two campsites on the way back.

If you book your hotels in advance, your math will be easy: just add the total cost for the nights booked and you are ready. If you haven’t thought much about it, spend some time on hotel websites and be aware that room rates can vary considerably in different parts of the country or depending on the season.

If you are comfortable sleeping in a tent, at the campsites of the beautiful Troodos Mountains for example, you can really save money.

Before you start you can check out some gas stations on an indicative route you have in mind to follow. Petrol prices fluctuate from city to city. A good tool you could use while being on the road is the Cyprus Fuel Guide website through which, you can check the prices of the cheapest Petrol Stations of the area you are at daily.

Also, you never know when you will meet an open petrol station again so take advantage of it. Depending on its size of course, they also have the corresponding benefits. Now more or less all gas stations have parking space, toilet and snacks.

Google Maps has saved you many times, as all you have to do is enter your starting point and final destination. And somehow the whole route magically appears in front of you. But to keep your head calm, download some maps on your mobile phone or applications such as 2GIS that work offline. And why not, do not rely only on technology. Take some classic maps with you.

And since everything is arranged and the suitcases are in the trunk, all that remains is to release the parking brake and start the journey that you have been preparing for so long.


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