5 Ways to Enjoy Your Own City

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I challenge you to get up, get out and do something different on your next chill day.

You don’t have a lot of money to enjoy yourself…choose to go enjoy the outdoors. Go downtown in your city and just walk around or be a tourist in your own area.  Explore your hometown like you’ve never been there before.

Here are some suggestions from National Geographic’s website….

1. TAKE A HISTORIC TOUR.

Sure you can reel off the names of the iconic buildings in your hometown, but do you know their history? Do you understand how your city was founded and why?

Those hop-on, hop-off tours might be meant for tourists, but they’re a great way to fill the gaps in your local history knowledge. Plus, taking note of what visitors find interesting can be fascinating, allowing you to see the seemingly mundane in a whole new light.

2. GET A ROOM.

Waking up in a hotel or bed-and-breakfast is a tried-and-true way to set the mood for exploring.

If you live in a suburb, head into the city. If you live in the city, consider spending a weekend getting to know the next town over. The added kick of being away from home for the night will only add to the day’s fun.

3. MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR CITY.

There are places I pass on a regular basis in Toronto. Each time, I make a silent vow that “one day” I’ll check them out. I’m sure several such places in your own area are popping to mind as you read this.

Take it from me: It will never happen without a concrete plan. So pull out your calendar, set a date, and keep it.

4. ACT LIKE A TOURIST.

I’m not suggesting you don a fanny pack, simply that you do as tourists do when they’re in discovery mode in a new city.

Channel your inner traveler by popping over to the “new arrivals” booth at the local train station or chatting up the woman at the information counter at city hall. Peruse the newspaper with an eye out for activities that will take you out of your comfort zone rut and seek out local bloggers for insight into what’s new—and worth experiencing for yourself.

5. TAKE SOMETHING SMALL AND MAKE IT BIGGER.

Those little things you usually do? Make them touristy.

Your daily stroll around the block could turn into a walk around a new-to-you neighborhood. Friday pizza night at home? Why not make it a mission to test out the newest pizzeria in town. You’ll be surprised how simple shifts in everyday strategies can widen your window for adventure.

 

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