The Carolina Cup is a southern tradition that draws thousands to Camden, South Carolina. For some people, it's a chance to watch horse racing. For most of us, it's simply a day of tailgating, long bus rides, Lilly dresses, and taking cute pictures. Either way, you can't call yourself a Southern Belle without attending the Carolina Cup.
It's not just a cliché. Southern hospitality is very real. People who are raised in the South have some of the best manners around. Don't expect to just breeze through the checkout line. You'll likely be stuck with a cashier that talks your ear off and questions you about every detail of your day. When you arrive in the South, you'll be shocked by all of the kindness and generosity. On the other hand, when you leave the South, you'll be appalled by everyone else's terrible manners.
While the Northern States are navigating through three feet of snow, us Southerners are laying back by the pool and laughing. Southern climate allows you to experience all four seasons without freezing to death. In theory, it's just one long warm season. This is fantastic, especially because it means you can wear flip flops year-round without being judged.
For the few weeks of the year when the weather becomes uncomfortably chilly, there are serious benefits. With even the slightest threat of snow, your classes and work are guaranteed to be cancelled. Southerners just aren't prepared for a sprinkling of snow. And just when you thought the Southern landscape couldn't get any more stunning, with a layer or snow, it becomes absolutely breathtaking.
In the South, there are no expectations for the use of proper grammar. There’s just something so charming and comforting about the word "y'all." After living in the South, it's inevitable that you'll add it to your vocabulary.
Everything you could ask for and more is within driving distance. If you're suddenly in the mood to hit the beach, chances are it's only a few hours away. If you're looking to go hiking, the South is filled with beautiful mountain ranges and nature trails. There are also tons of lakes for kayaking, paddle boarding, or just relaxing. If you're not an outdoorsy person, you'll always have a large city to explore within a couple of hours.
From Vineyard Vines to Lilly Pulitzer, Southerners know how to dress. You can always count on Southerns to look like they're headed to a golf tournament. And if all else fails, at least we'll look cute.
Southern food may not be the most nutritious, but it sure is delicious. You won't have to travel far to find biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, or collard greens in the South. And, as it should be, sweet tea is the drink of choice. With easy access to Florida oranges and Georgia peaches, the South also has some of the best fruit.
On average, the cost of living in the South is considerably cheaper than it is in other regions. It’s also not rare to find gas for under two dollars in the south. With all of that money you're saving, you'll be able to take advantage of all that the South has to offer.
It should be no surprise that the South is the home of country music. You really haven't lived until you've driven through back roads with the windows rolled down and country music blasting. If you're looking for the best country concerts around, the South is the place to be.
A picture is worth a thousand words; you're just going to have to see it to believe it.