5 Ways To Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
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The holiday season is just around the corner, and many are traveling abroad to discover the breathtaking sceneries of mountains, or festive cities. However, if you’ve decided to enjoy this Christmas season in your home country, there’s absolutely no reason to doublethink that decision. There are ways to rediscover your hometown, and with the Christmas decorations, even the corners you know so well will make you feel like you’re seeing them for the first time.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta”
We couldn’t agree more. However, even in your hometown, you can create amazing memories and breathtaking stories for later on. In order to feel like a tourist, and experience all the wonders of a city, you don’t have to travel far. You can be a tourist in your hometown, and you definitely won’t regret it.
Each and every town in the world has something special to offer, and during the festive season, everything is even more astonishing and memorable. Festive lights, hot cocoa on a cold winter day, and a snowman in your yard, it all feels like Christmas, and it does not matter if you’ve seen this scene already, it still leaves you speechless. Every single time.
Be sure to make a travel itinerary
Sometimes, you can discover the most beautiful parts of the city in the most unexpected place. However, chances are you’ve probably seen most of those places in your hometown. That’s why it’s a great idea to plan ahead and make a travel itinerary. Go to your local tourist office and pick up a brochure and some amazing recommendations. Walking around the city with a brochure and a camera in your hand will definitely make you feel like a tourist in your hometown.
You’ll definitely discover some parts of the city you haven’t been to, and you will definitely be amazed. It’s like discovering a hidden gem right in front of you. Make a plan, and discover the less-known parts of your hometown.
Make it a historic tour
You’ve probably seen some of the most important buildings and parks in your hometown, but do you know their history? Do you know how the streets in your town got their names, and what happened hundreds of years ago in your town square? If your answer to most of these questions is “No” then taking a historic tour of your hometown is the right choice for you.
Needless to say, you will be amazed by the things you discover and will be even more proud of your hometown. And a great thing is, that whenever your friends from other cities come to visit, you’ll be able to tell them all the details about your city. They will definitely fall in love with the town you’re from.
Change your perspective
Walking around the city is amazing, but sometimes the best way to see your city is from a different perspective. Find the highest point of your hometown, and enjoy the view up here. You will definitely fall in love with your city all over again.
Imagine how wonderful it must look now with all the Christmas decorations. You will be mesmerized. Seeing the city from a different perspective will definitely make you feel like a tourist in your hometown.
Try out a popular restaurant you’ve never been to
When we’re traveling abroad, we visit various new restaurants and enjoy their cuisine. We get the feeling that we’ve discovered more about the place we’re in, just from the way they prepare food. The same can be done in our own hometown.
Visit a restaurant or a pub you’ve never been to before, and you’ll feel like you’re in town for the first time. Who knows, you might discover your new favorite restaurant.
“I always encourage people to get out there, travel the world, see new things, experience new people, experience new food, experience new culture. What happens is that helps you to grow and be your best self. – Karamo Brown “
The same can be said about your hometown, only when you dare to try new things.
Participate in local events
You’ve probably heard about some events in your hometown, but chances are you haven’t been a part of all of them. That’s a great thing because now you get to experience your city from a whole other angle.
Find out what events are being organized in your hometown, and make sure you visit them. Or even become a part of some of them. It does not matter if that is a local acting group organizing a Christmas play or a Christmas football tournament, it will make you feel much closer to your community. But, you’ll still be discovering something new, which will make you feel like a tourist for sure.
If you don’t want to get involved too much and actually participate, you can always be a part of it by cheering the rest of your community on.
No matter how long you’ve lived in your hometown, there’s always something new that will inspire you and make you fall in love with it all over again. These are only some of the ideas which can help you out. Enjoy!