HOW TO BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY

It can be easy to get lost in hassles of everyday life and daily routine. You can decide to take a break and find ways to spark a newfound feeling of appreciation for your city.  There’s no better way than to be a tourist in your city. Being a tourist involves having an eye for adventure and experiencing feelings of awe and inspiration. If you decide to stay back during the holidays, take advantage of the many ways to replicate those feelings by being a tourist in your city. It’s an exciting adventure and you will probably find out some interesting facts about your town which you were never aware of. The memories you will make are ones you will cherish greatly. Here are ways you can get started.

  1. TAKE YOUR CAMERA  AS YOU EMBARK ON A LOCAL ADVENTURE 

It’s common to find most travellers with their cameras during adventures because they want to make long-lasting memories that they will be able to relive and cherish for a lifetime. Doing this while you are visiting a landmark in your city or going mountain climbing can instil that tourist lifestyle rather than feeling overwhelmed with everyday routines.

  1. GO ON A LOCAL TASTE ADVENTURE 

one of the best parts of being a tourist in your city is the opportunity to visit new places alongside getting a taste of the local cuisine. Trying local cuisine is a great way to break from routine and explore different types of local dishes. You can visit local family-owned restaurants or eateries and get a taste of a good meal and treat yourself like the tourist at heart that you are. Your city could even have meals that are unique and of great value. Ask around to find the best spots with varied cuisines.  If possible, create a list of local restaurants and coffee shops that you’ve never visited and start exploring.

  1. SHOW FRIENDS AND VISITORS AROUND

if you have friends visiting or living around in a nearby town, plan a convenient weekend to show them the beautiful things your city has to offer. Go to the places you never really considered visiting before and actually enjoy the thrills of an adventure.

You can schedule each activity and check for inspiration online for more ideas of things to do.

  1. GO ON A TOUR

Look at your city as a tourist by signing up for local custom tours. Take advantage of any opportunity you have. If you usually walk then you should consider taking a biking tour. Or you could participate in a themed tour. Most cities offer an inner-city tour or underground tour. You’d be surprised by what you find after searching for various nearby city tours.

There’s no time like now to explore unexplored cities and discover all its offerings. Whenever you’re yearning for an adventure in your own city, consider going on a road trip to a nearby town and start exploring.

  1. EXPLORE NEW THINGS 

Don’t stick to the same routine, be sure to switch things up a bit every week. Being a tourist in your city involves more than just exploring it, you need to also find ways to keep up with the many activities you can carry out in your city. If you decide to explore a nearby neighbourhood this week, consider going to the mountains if there are any nearby. The more variety you add the more opportunity you get to explore your touristy side.  Try more new things. If you’re close to the water you can try paddleboarding or perhaps fishing if you have fishing accommodation. Don’t limit yourself, revisit those memories by doing these activities in your hometown.

  1. HEAD TO LOCAL HOTELS OR WELCOMING CENTER

Do a quick search for one of those brochure kiosks in a local hotel or welcoming centre and take some along with you for local attractions or conference venues especially those that may seem uninteresting to you at first. You can ask someone stationed at a desk for their recommendations to tourists that won’t be spending more than a day or two in your city. Be sure to also call and ask if there are ongoing discounts or promos for locals, you might find surprising offers. Many cities offer promotional programs they can use to explore local places.

  1. EMBRACE A BIT OF HISTORY

Find ways to learn more about the history of your city. There might be a museum nearby that showcases an exciting part of your city’s history that you might end up developing an interest in. consider making a brief stop at roadside markers that tell interesting historical facts about your city. You can also visit local libraries, you might discover a range of collection of photos showing your city back in the days.

  1. TRY A DIFFERENT MODE OF TRANSPORTATION

To be a tourist you need to go outside your comfort zone and rely on other unusual forms of transportation including joining a tour bus. In the process, you’ll find other ways to learn interesting and fun historical facts about your city. You get to meet other locals that you’ll probably share something relatable and also perceive your city with a fresh mindset.

  1. TAKE PART ONLINE

The internet also contributes to your tourist adventure. You can stay updated with local events on various social media platforms. For instance, you can follow various social accounts on Instagram to take part in their hashtag challenges. It’s a fun way to take daily mundane tasks and transforms it into something entirely different and new. You can carry it out with just your phone, can be done anywhere and is easy to organise.

WRAPPING UP

Being a  tourist in your city can be an adventure you’d cherish and always want to relive. You get to experience and learn new things while adding variety to your daily activities. Just be sure to plan, work with a fixed budget and also book accommodation in advance in case you’ve planned a day trip.

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