Be a Tourist in your Hometown

May 17, 2007


I’m still in a list-making mood from the Top Five round-up, so without further adieu, here’s five ways to be a tourist in your own city.

1.  Try a new restaurant in a new locale.  Most cities of any size have an ethnic neighborhood or two, so seek them out and try one of the hole in the wall spots.  Think taquerias owned by Mexican immigrants instead of Chipotle.  Both may be good eats, but only one is an “experience”.

2.  Go to the museum.  Not the major ones (if you live in a large city), but the obscure ones.  Everywhere has some strange, seldom-visited museum or attraction.  Try the local library or newspaper archives if you’re having trouble finding one.

3.  Check out festivals.  I’m fortunate enough to live somewhere that has a different “fest” happening every weekend from April to October, but I’d be willing to bet your town has something.  Even if it seems kind of weird, it might be interesting.  At least your visit could result in a good story to tell.

4.  Join Couchsurfing.  You don’t have to host couchsurfers, you can just show them around your city and maybe share a meal.  Show off what you love about your city and make some new friends in the process.

5.  Read a book that takes place in a foreign land or ancient era.  Not necessarily a guide book or even travel literature, just something set “long, long ago” or “far, far away”, preferably both.  It’s a great way to get a few hours of escapism without leaving your couch.

This post is being submitted to the Travel Rants Blog-a-thon.


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