Are you itching for another travel adventure, but find yourself stuck somewhere with a job, apartment, and responsibilities? You might not be able to jet off to Argentina , Australia or Austria for an epic journey at this current point in your life, due to time restrictions and budget. However, you can still have a travel adventure by exploring your own nearby area.
Many of us dream of exotic destinations but overlook the attractions that can be enjoyed right in our immediate area. No matter where you live, there is likely a nearby town, city, natural wonder or attraction that is only a short day trip away. While people might come from all over the world to visit it, most people who live nearby might not even have visited it!
For example, if you live in the UK you can reach any other city in the country within only a few hours on the train. The historical sites of London, funky music scene of Manchester, and artistic festivals of Edinburgh and much more are waiting for you to discover. If you live in Toronto, Canada or New York State, USA, have you ever visited the natural wonder of Niagara Falls? There are likely even things that you haven’t discovered right in your own city, such as art galleries, museums, tourist attractions, and festivals.
Travelling around your immediate area, sometimes referred to as a “Stay-cation” is a great way to have the experience of visiting new places while being much cheaper than flying abroad. If you can spend a day out in your own city and experience something new, you will not have to pay accommodation or transpo Even if you end up staying in a hotel in a nearby city, you will save a lot of money on flights because you are travelling such a short distance.
You will also have the chance to learn more about the place that you live in so that next time you are in a foreign country you can tell people about it, and next time you have guests from overseas you can show them around. If you are a travel writer, learning about your area is a great way to get fresh material for your writing without having to travel far.
How to Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown
The first step to exploring your local area is to get out of your ordinary routine and start looking at your surroundings as if you were a tourist. What is unique to your country that people come from afar to experience? Do some research about your city and your region as if you were visiting it from abroad. See what sights and natural wonders you can visit on a day trip from your city, and look up the transport options for getting there.
Break your normal routine and try something different, such as a new food or a new activity. This will give you a different perspective on your own city or region.
On your trip, be sure to take your camera with you. Although you might think that you won’t see anything worth photographing in your own country, when you start to look at your surroundings with a fresh eye you will discover a beauty that you never really noticed before.
Take advantage of the nearby travel adventures that are hiding right under your nose by learning how to be a tourist in your own hometown. Where have you travelled that is close to home? Share your stories in the comments.