How to be a tourist in your home city

How to be a tourist in your home city

While dreaming of a faraway holiday destination, we often overlook what’s on our doorstep. If you can’t afford to go far or you really want to save this festive season, take the opportunity to be a tourist in your home city. Check out these ideas.

  • Disconnect – literally: Hide the clocks, switch off the screens and unplug the internet. Turn off your daily distractions and surrender to leisurely activities. Pick up a book, go for a long walk or pull out a puzzle. If you have children you’ll find this experience so rewarding you’ll want to do it again and again.
  • Visit local attractions: When was the last time you visited your local museum or art gallery? Take the time to follow the tourists and explore your city through their eyes. You’ll be amazed at what’s on offer if you take the time to slow down and look around.
  • Book a hotel for the night: Perhaps a night in a local hotel is a small extravagance you can afford? A luxury pool, terry-towelling robes and a buffet breakfast are little indulgences that can create a holiday feeling.
  • Camp in your backyard: If one night at a hotel isn’t an option, pull out your trusty tent and sleep under the stars. The kids will love the adventure, and being closer to nature will help you relax. Nothing beats the sound of birds celebrating the new dawn right outside your tent.
  • Take a hike: Take backyard camping one step further and go for a hike in a nearby national park. Explore the area with an extended trek, picnic along the way and initiate some nature-based activities for the kids. Make it a long and lasting expedition as if you were on holidays, and avoid the rush of everyday life.