How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Sometimes we get to a point where we need nothing more than a little break and to step outside of our day to day life. Although in most cases we would love to, we are not always able to take a vacation. But fear not, a day away from the ordinary can be closer than you think, in fact, it can be right underneath your nose, in your own city. When we become used to a place, we are all guilty of doing the same things, eating at the same restaurants, drinking at the same bars and visiting the places you always have. So why not break out of your routine and being a tourist in your own city? It’s exciting, rejuvenating and enables you to be able to experience something new. Wondering how? Here’s how to be a tourist in your own city.

Discover your home through literature

Take some time to have a look at what books were based on your city or what people have recommended doing there. Doing this will guide you to new places that others have found special as well giving you the opportunity to see an area with new eyes. Why not pick up Lonely Planet and see what exciting points of interest there are such as culture, art, and walking routes. A great example of this is through the book “On The Road” by author Jack Kerouac. Throughout the book, specific areas in San Francisco are mentioned, this is a great way to see an area in a completely new light.

How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Show friends and family around

Why not ask others to join you? As a local, there are always areas that you can brand “too touristy” although there is a probability that you have not been there yourself. So why not give it a try? These areas are often bustling with new people and can be exciting and lively. Showing a friend or relative these spots can really be enjoyable for you.

How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Taste something new

Although you may think that your regular coffee shop does the best lattes in the world, it may be worthwhile to go and explore something new. Go online and have a look at the café’s in your city that travelers have recommended, head out on an empty stomach and go and visit some of them. Fill up on cakes and see if you can find yourself a better coffee.