How to Be a Tourist in Your Hometown

Jennifer Flodin Everyday Life, The 'YES' Lifestyle Leave a Comment

Being content is difficult. Use these tips to discover how to find adventure even when you’re not traveling.

Picture this: traveling the world with your best friend or significant other, always staying in the classiest hotels, flying first-class, sharing exotic adventures. Sounds glamorous doesn’t it?

Oh, but wait. Real life isn’t always like that, is it? Day to day life isn’t exactly glamorous. Not only that, but most of us don’t have the opportunity to travel whenever we want for as long as we want.

Even though I would love to travel for months on end, I can’t afford it. However, I’m not satisfied with just sitting at home either.

I believe that there is a way to find a way to have fun and find new experiences without traveling half-way across the world.

Try these tips to avoid boredom and find adventure when you need to stick close to home!

Try New Things

This sounds simple enough, but personally, I find that I get comfortable with the places I go and the people I see, and I don’t change it up very often. Talk about boring! I enjoy being comfortable, and I find it difficult to step out of my comfort zone unless I absolutley have to. I even prefer to eat at the same restaurants, instead of trying something new… Yeah, it’s bad.


When you’re on the road or in a new city, you’re likely dining at the local restaurants.

Why not do this at home?

You probably already have your favorite places to eat. But this weekend, instead of going to one of those, why not try a new restaurant? You can try whatever you like, but I would recommend trying a “mom and pop” restaurant. Feel free to look up reviews like you might in a new city. Or if you want to be a little more adventurous, you could absolutely pick an area of town that is pretty and fun to walk around and just stop at the first place that looks good!

Trying a new restaurant on the weekend can be a really great way to feel as though you are in a new place because you kind of are. You might be in your hometown, but if you go a little out of your way to try a new restaurant, you might actually find a place with yummy food and a great atmosphere.

Coffee Shops

This sounds crazy, but there are more coffee shops than just Starbucks. If you have some work you need to do on the weekend, try scouting out a local coffee shop. They often have relaxed atmospheres and tons of delicious coffee drinks that you may not find at your local Starbucks.


Sometimes when you live in a city, you don’t take advantage of all of the fun things to do. If you’re like me, you might go to the mall, see a movie, go bowling, etc. But, your city likely has more to offer you than just indoor attractions!

Get outside!

Go visit the Zoo (if your city has one) or explore local parks. If your city has a river that runs through it, there could be a lot of neat parks right on the water! Some parks have bike trails. So grab a friend and go biking!

Maybe your city has a nature preserve nearby. If so, definitely grab your camera and go check it out! There will likely be tons of neat things wildlife to see, not to mention beautiful landscapes! Hello, photo op! If you need a little nudge, check out my most recent visit to a wildlife refuge!

Sometimes it’s just too hot to go outside (trust me, I understand!), so try looking up some fun indoor activities. If you live in a historic place, check out some of the history museums. Or maybe there are some science museums nearby that you can check out.

Be creative. You might say that there is nothing to do. But I think you’d be surprised at what your city has to offer you if you start looking for things to do outside of your usual.

Weekend Getaway

This is my favorite solution when you’re feeling totally bogged down by everyday life. Sometimes trying new things doesn’t get you far enough away from your responsibilities in order for you to relax.

Now, keep in mind that when I say weekend getaway, I am talking about a very inexpensive and close to home getaway. You don’t want to spend tons of money on a weekend getaway that takes away from whatever big plans you have for your annual vacation.

I recommend finding some place that is 1-3 hours (driving time) away from your house.

You can leave on a Friday evening after work and spend almost two full days at your destination!

If you want some tips on effortlessly booking your ideal hotel for cheap, check out my previous blog post.

I hope that these ideas will help you get out of your mundane routine, even if it’s only for a while. This way, you can at least return to it feeling refreshed.

If you have any other great ideas on how to getaway without going too far, please share them in the comments below!

Until next time!



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