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Being a Tourist in Your Own City

Welcome back, travelers!

Two and a half years into this pandemic, things are beginning to open up around the world. However, things are still up in the air for some when it comes to safe travel. Whether you’re planning on jetting off for the upcoming winter season or preparing for a hunkered-down holiday, these five tips apply to everyone!

To learn how to be an adventurous tourist, try starting off in your own city. It’s a great way to become familiar with how to navigate a new environment, get used to the kinds of things to look for when exploring, and you may just discover something new in your own backyard!

  1. Start a New Hobby

Master the ins and outs of your city with a fun new hobby! Not only are activities like walking, biking, and jogging good for your body and mind, they also help you on your way to becoming a neighborhood expert as you learn all the best routes to get from here to there.

And best of all, these activities are totally free! For maximum fun, be sure to switch up your route every now and again by exploring nearby areas that you might not encounter during your normal routine.

2. Take a Hike - In or Out

Another low-cost adventure, a visit to the nearest county, state, or National Park is sure to satisfy any travel bug. It’s a great way to get fresh air and appreciate the scenic natural wonder of your beautiful state. Since it is officially entering chilly months, this one may not apply for much longer, but a walk-through doesn’t always have to be outside. Instead of a park, opt for a museum walk for a cold winter’s day twist.

3. Go For a Drive

A scenic drive is a perfect way to get out of the house and still observe self-isolation, plus it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about your city. Cruise through downtown, make the trek to some nearby country roads or drive down memory lane by visiting a few of your old haunts. Make sure to blast some music from your favorite playlist, sing along, and enjoy simply getting out of the house for a while.

4. Let Yourself Get Lost

Okay, maybe not too lost. But allowing yourself the spontaneity of hopping in your car and driving wherever the road takes you does wonders for the wanderlust spirit that might be missing out on overseas adventures. Plus, who knows what you might discover? Local shops, restaurants, and attractions are so much fun to stumble upon and you could be leaving with a new favorite memory.

5. Learn Local History

Chances are that your town or city has a story to tell that you haven’t heard yet. Similar to visiting state and national parks, now is the perfect time to get out there and visit some of your area’s historical landmarks. Many notable sites are marked with a bronze plaque that depicts the site or building’s significance making urban history lessons a great weekend or afternoon activity. Not keen on the idea of walking through flurries? Make a stop at your nearest downtown library. Big libraries often have old editions and collections, which makes for a fun day just seeing what you can find. Check out the local history session and even make a game of it! See who can find the oldest record or book.

Whether you’re exploring your own city or planning a weekend away, these tips apply to anywhere in the world you may be visiting. Learning how to explore is a valuable asset to any traveler. Once you get used to doing it in your city, you’ll be ready to take on new adventures out in the world.

Thanks to The Compass by Vax Vacation Access for this week's blog idea. And thank you for reading! When you're ready to talk about being a tourist in a new city, connect with me by clicking here and we'll set up a time to chat.

Until next time, happy exploring! Toodles!


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