Maybe you’re dreaming of getting away for awhile but you just don’t have the time. Or maybe finances are a little too tight to take that trip overseas. The changing of the seasons is the perfect time of year to get out and explore your town with new eyes! Today I’m sharing ideas on how to be a tourist in your own city (all while saving time & money)!
Head to the Farmers Market
Farmer’s markets come alive in the fall. Head to one you haven’t visited before and spend a couple of hours browsing the booths. Pick up some fresh vegetables and commit to trying a new recipe for dinner. Bonus: a lot of people will bring their dogs along, so you’ll get some added pup-time, too!
Try a New Coffee Shop
Search Instagram for unique coffee shops in your area. Bring your camera along and shoot some photos of that fancy latte! Check the community boards for local happenings in your area.
Book a Stay-Cation at a Local Resort
This is such a fun way to relax and change up your scenery! Usually once a year, Paul and I will stay somewhere close to home for a night or two. We will schedule massages in the morning, hang by the pool all afternoon, and get dressed up for dinner. It’s nice to change up our environment, even if it’s just for a night!
Visit a Museum
Museums are a great way to escape. Often times, museums will have limited-time exhibits that allow you to see work not normally available. Art is the perfect way to travel without leaving town.
Spend the Day in a New Neighborhood
Wake up early and head to a new neighborhood. Start by grabbing a bite to eat and then wander the area. Pop into local boutiques and look for unique pieces. Find local street art or grab a pint at a bar.
Visit that Tourist Spot You Swore You’d Never Go to
We all know that one spot everyone out-of-towner migrates towards. It many initially sound a little cringe-worthy… packing in with all of the tourists. But why not let loose and try new (popular) things!
Attend a Festival
Attend a festival – here in the valley particularly, festivals come alive in the fall. We finally get a slight break of the 100+ degree days. A popular fest we have is the Taco Fest – 2 Days, thousands of tacos! And it’s safe to assume most cities will have some kind of Oktoberfest celebration, too!
Try a new workout studio or a hiking trail. I’m lucky to live in a town with hundreds of hiking options. Visit the Parks & Rec site for new hiking trails or local swimming spots. Not in the mood to be outside? Sign up for a fitness class. Most studios offer free or discounted classes for new clients.
Take a Class
I LOVE taking classes. Check out you City Rec Center for a travel-esque class. Learn or new language, take up hand lettering or take a photography class. These skills will come in handy when you book your next trip out of town!
Bonus: Create a Vision Board
Scour the internet or magazines for images that inspire your wanderlust. Put together a board (digitally or physically) and start planning your next trip. You don’t even have to leave your house for this one!
What suggestions do you have for being a tourist in your own city?