One of the best parts of summer is taking extravagant trips to far away places! It’s the season for European backpacking and Carribean Beach getaways. It’s no secret that the costs of summer travels can add up quickly, especially if you’re the typical broke college girl! While it’s great to get away every now and then, it can be just as rewarding to have a staycation in your own hometown. There are many perks to exploring the place you call home and this post will show you how to discover some great places in your own backyard. Get ready to ditch the plane tickets and become a tourist in your own city!
For the Best Results, Go On Foot
Chances are that you generally use a car to get around your town, and this makes perfect sense given that you are most likely pressed for time while commuting or running errands. However, if you truly want to get to know the town you live in, you should ditch the wheels (unless it’s a bicycle) and grab your sneakers. Exploring on foot is a great way to stumble upon beautiful little places you had no idea existed! Try walking a few miles from your house or parking at a popular town attraction and walking around from there. Great places to explore include forests, downtown shops, fields, lakes and parks. Make sure you bring water and comfortable shoes because you never know where your trek might take you!
Bring Your Camera
Tourists are notorious for taking pictures, so it makes sense that you would want to bring a camera along on your adventure. Whether you just use your phone or you have a fancy digital camera you’ll want something to capture all the fun you’ll have while exploring. I love to take pictures of nature, statues, flowers and anything else that catches my eye. It turns out that if you look closely you don’t need to travel far to build an enviable collection of summer photos. By capturing the people, places, and things that make your city unique, you’re sure to build a great stash of memorable summer pics!
Check out Instagram
These days everybody is on Instagram, and your town is no exception. Some cities have their own Instagram accounts that showcase everything they have to offer. In addition, there are countless accounts ran by locals dedicated to sharing all of the great attractions in a specific area. Just search your town’s name and you’re sure to find accounts celebrating the uniqueness of your location and maybe even a few stories too!
Find a new place to eat!
I know that it can be so tempting to go to your favorite restaurant every time you feel like eating out, however discovering new eats is one of the best things to do during the summer. The next time you want to head out to eat, make like a tourist and ask people around town for recommendations. You’re sure to learn about some amazing little restaurants that you didn’t even know existed. Once again, you can also hop on Instagram to find some really trendy and fun places to eat near you! Accounts like Boston Foodies, New Fork City, and Sweet n Seattle showcase some truly amazing restaurants. Believe it or not, there are also tons of accounts dedicated to food in smaller cities and towns as well (people just really love food accounts lol) so be sure to search for “(Your Town) Eats”. The best part of this is that if you end up loving the food, you can always return because these great spots will be in your backyard. This way you won’t have to deal with those awful craving for the food at your favorite vacation spot which happens to be thousands of miles away!
Try the Things Your Town is Best Known For
I am guilty of living in my town for years and not taking advantage of some of the best things it has to offer. If you are to make this the summer that you finally get out and explore. Whether your town is known for hiking trails, a great little beach or really great ice cream make sure you get in on the action. You literally have no excuses since these places will likely be incredibly close to you!
If you head over to Facebook you are guaranteed to find a host of summer events near you, and some will be taking place in your town! From music festivals to carnivals and free classes you’re sure to find something to suit your interests. The best thing about these events is that most of them have free admission, especially if they’re in a smaller town. You can also visit your cities websites to check out exciting events and summer programs. Once you find an event that you like, show up and have a great time supporting local artists, businesses and farmers!
So there you have it, several great ways to transform yourself into a tourist in order to get to know your hometown better. I hope this post helps you get out and enjoy your local surroundings this summer! Let me know what makes your town unique in the comments!