Has this ever happened to you? You spend hours planning a perfect weekend away with your family, significant other or on your own (raise your hand if you also like doing things on your own), only to have to hampered by an unexpected event? There go your plans completely out the window. What will you do??? How about exploring what’s near you. Others may call this a ‘Staycation’ and I’m all for it! I’m here to show you that you can be a tourist in your hometown with my list of ways. It’s pretty simple to do and so much fun!
When you’re left to plan something super fast to keep you, your family busy, look no further than your own hometown/city.
Below are 7 ways to be a tourist in your hometown/city:
Number 1: Make sure to set aside time to plan
The biggest downfall about exploring where you live or planning a ‘Staycation’ is that you carry your daily habits with you. Make sure your mindset is set as if you’re away from home. That means – No Errands Of Any Kind. Set a day or two aside and make a plan to fill the day(s) with fun stuff.
On the first day, scout out a local large gas station, library or tourist information center and look for brochures on things to do in your town. Better yet, check the internet and type in your area on Yelp or Trip Advisor. You may be surprised by what comes up. Find a local tourism site, like this one 😉 and check out their Events Calendar to see if anything special is taking place.
Number 2: Eat at a restaurant you had not previously tried
Try a new cuisine or a new restaurant in your town. It may even be an old favorite for your neighbors but something that you have not tried yourself. Read reviews online or ask people you come across while you’re exploring. This also ties into tip #5 and tip #6, where I suggest you walk instead of using your car and also to meet new people. (See below)
Number 3: Take along your camera phone and make sure to capture every moment
Silly and goofy pics are the best! Don’t be afraid to show your silly side. These are the moments that you will look back and revisit with a smile 😀
Number 4: Take a Tour
I am fortunate enough to have a Historic Landmark in my town, as well as, a variety of wineries and cider houses. If you dive deep into your town’s businesses, you may be happy to know that some places will offer tours for those interested and not necessarily for the general public. It never hurts to ask. Being a tourist in your own hometown means doing things that you would normally do when you’re on vacation elsewhere.
Number 5: Take a Walk
I have found that my favorite part of any vacation is to walk. My hubby and I stumble upon the greatest shops, cafes, views, and the most beautiful homes when we park the car and just start walking. We love to walk on local streets, in local parks, even in old cemeteries and read the dates on the tombstones. We walk in and out of shops, markets and have even found a gallery or two during our walking adventures.
Number 6: People Watch & Meet New People
Being a tourist in your hometown means taking time and talking to others. Whether it be shop owners, restaurant workers, the guy behind the deli counter. You never know what cool and interesting fact they have about your town/city that you did not know about. In the rush of our daily lives, we never get a chance to stop and talk to people, so take time and do that. I love to people watch and take photos on your Main Street/Business District.
Number 7: Go near the water or way up high
Depending on where you live, take advantage of the sights of your surroundings. For some, it is a trip to the local beach. For others, it’s climbing high up into the mountains or tallest building just for the view. Take advantage of the time you have and enjoy seeing your town/city from a different angle.
As a Bonus, I want to share a link to a Guest Post I wrote for A Book Lover’s Adventure and her Hometown Tourist Project. It is all about my town, Marlboro, NY and all the things to do here. It is truly a special place for me and my family. Head on over to Read all about The Awesome Things to do in Marlboro, NY
Now that you have some tips on being a tourist in your town/city, and have read all about my hometown,
leave a comment below and tell me about where you live and something special about your town.
Until the Next Adventure…
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