Are you going for a staycation this year, or do you just want some more excitement in your life in between adventures? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Or, rather, your city has you covered!
Much like how prophets are said never to be accepted in their hometown, we tend to take our local towns and cities for granted. It’s just the same old place we’ve lived in seemingly forever; why do people even come here? Well, it’s about time to find out – let’s go (or stay)!
Pro Tip: Whenever you’re out, try to stop and really look at things. Adopt a new way of seeing your surroundings – pretend that you’ve never been here before! You never know what treasures you’ve missed all these years.
You don’t have to go all history buff, but have a little look and see what your town is all about. What is it known for? What historical significance does it carry? Did anything cool happen here? Not only will you do some learning (which is always pretty hot), you’ll also get ideas on where to go and what to do!
A street, a park, a suburb – as long as you’ve never seen it, go have a look! Depending on your location, you might only have to walk (or drive) minutes before being on a road you’ve never really noticed before – this is also where you want to take a random bus and see where you end up!
You know which ones: the museums, the galleries, the parks, the sights, and the new cinecomplex. Even if you’re not very interested to begin with, you never know what fun, fascinating things you’ll find – and even if you don’t, you’ll never have to wonder what you’ve been missing!
The next logical step would be to have someone explain what those historical places are all about, and what world-known author used to come here every summer for a big chunk of her life. The best way to do this is by taking a tour. You can try anything from a standard sightseeing one to a very particular tour of a very particular area – there might even be a ghost walk!
This is where your newfound knowledge on your area can be of assistance! Is your city famous for its music scene? Go to a gig! Is it the largest producer of tomato soup in the area? There’s soup for you! Check out local restaurants, products, breweries, or other exciting things that were made nearby. Perhaps there’s a new fave in there somewhere?
Got someone visiting your town for the first time (or second – I’m sure they didn’t experience all of it in one visit)? Great, this will give you the motivation you need to find cool new places, finally write down the museum opening hours, and plan a whole day/weekend/week of fun – it’s okay to pretend that you do this all the time.
But keep it local! Jot down all the things that you want to try, whether it’s dipping your toe in the river, taking a selfie by that specific monument, or going down to the docks and count the seagulls. Then, one by one, do all the things! It can be loads of fun to do on your own, and if you’re teaming up with a friend you can write half the least each!
They know what’s up, that’s a guarantee. You’ll be able to find out what’s on and when, how to get to where you want to go, and maybe get awesome ticket deals. They’ll know when places are busy and when they’re nearly empty – and that’s cool with you because you live in the area!
Perhaps not the most wallet-friendly way to be a tourist in your hometown, but there definitely is something special about walking into a nice room, kicking your shoes off and throwing yourself onto a comfy bed – and the bathrooms! The breakfast! Basically, the main reason to do this is to get into a tourist state of mind. The rest is just a pretty great bonus.
You know how when you’re walking to work or to see a friend, talking to strangers is the last thing on your want-to-do list? And when you’re in a different city or a foreign country, you want to chat as much as physically possible? Yeah, that. Do that.
This one is not technically in town, that’s true, but isn’t day tripping a very touristy (and fun) thing to do? We certainly think so! Do a little search on actual tours, or look up the train or bus times to get to the area you’d like to visit. Maybe you’ll end up wanting to live there instead!
If you can. Do you have a hill nearby, or perhaps one of those really tall buildings, or maybe there’s a helicopter tour you can go on? Or, if you’re in the UK, does your city have its own Eye? If so, try it out! It puts everything in perspective – you can even use Google Maps!
Bring that little extra to day-to-day activities! Going for a walk? Not without your camera? Are you gonna go out for a pizza this weekend? Why not try out one of those new pizza places that most likely have opened up in your area. Skip Netflix and go see a picture – next time your friend comes to visit, there’s no need to pretend!
There you have it, some fun ways to get to wear a fanny pack in your own city! Do you have any other good ones? Please share them with us!