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How to Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

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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!

Look Online

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!

26 Comments

  1. Meg

    i love these tips and it is so relevant for us right now. we can’t travel abroad as much as we would like, so travelling and exploring our city is something we are passionate about doing. We love hiring bikes and cycling around to all the tourist spots!

    1. lailaanne.co

      That’s such a great way to get around! You get exercise and great scenery to go with it! I’m glad you enjoyed!

  2. I love exploring the cities I live in. Currently in D.C. and love being a tourist. Your tips are super helpful.

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    1. lailaanne.co

      Thank you! Washington D.C. is so much fun, there are countless things to do and great food!

  3. Great suggestions! You’re right it can be fun to play tourist for the day in your own town. It’s easy to forget what the place you live has to offer

    1. lailaanne.co

      So true! I have been overlooking some of the great spots in my own town for years!

  4. Almost kinda like doing a staycation thing 🙂

    1. lailaanne.co

      Me too! You save money, energy and time!!

  5. This is a great post, especially for the summer! Sometimes I forget just how much there is to do where I live and I get caught up in wanting to go on big vacations! I am also very guilty of always going to my favorite places to eat ! Time to branch out and find somewhere new to eat. I also love your idea of using Instagram as a tour guide. So many towns do have their own feed, or simply by searching certain hashtags I’m sure you could find many cool places and sights to see!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Thanks so much! And it’s true, Instagram is basically your tour guide and travel agency built into one.

  6. This is so fun! Our little town actually has a couple of new restaurants I’ve been wanting to check out, and a couple touristy things I haven’t done in a long time that I’d like to take my kids to.

    1. lailaanne.co

      It’s great when you have kids because even if you’ve already seen everything you have new people to share it with! I’m sure they’ll find it really exciting!

  7. I love this! I always check out instagram when trying to figure out what to order at a new restaurant or what places I should be trying!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Haha me too, it’s my go place for restaurant recommendations!

  8. Such great ideas! And I live in the amazing city of Chicago so there is plenty to do! Just carving out the time to explore!!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Thanks! I’ve been dying to visit Chicago in the summer, I feel like it’s the most underrated and amazing city! Enjoy exploring!

  9. Love this! We are sticking close to home this summer and trying to plan some new things. Social media is a great resource for sure!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Thanks! Staying close to home can be a really terrific option in the summer, especially with social media as a tour guide!

  10. I love the concept of being a tourist in your own town! My town has a list of 101 things to do. My husband and I have slowly been checking off the list over the year we’ve been living here as a way to learn about our town and find fun things to do!

    1. lailaanne.co

      That’s the best way to do it, see everything but a little bit at a time!

  11. Great ideas for all of us taking staycation this year!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Thank you!

  12. I love this concept! Thanks for sharing.

    1. lailaanne.co

      No problem, thank you for reading!

  13. Love these tips! It’s so much fun to go on vacation and explore a new place, but it’s also nice to explore your own area too!

    1. lailaanne.co

      Thank you, I totally agree!

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