To many of us, we’ve never actually explored our own city as we’re always so caught up with our daily activities. London Bridge right across the street? Pass by Big Ben everyday on the way to work? We often bypass these tourist attractions without thinking twice and we feel that we would always have the opportunity to see these places anytime since we live here, but honestly, when was the last time you actually took the time to properly appreciate your city? Also, a city holds so much more than just tourist attractions, there are so many places and neighbourhoods around to explore. So, set aside one of your weekends and plan a date with your city! Here are some of my suggestions on how to be a tourist in your own city!
1. Tourist attractions
Head to the tourist information centre and grab a tourist map. The tourist attractions are usually marked on it so you can follow the route recommended. Alternatively, google these attractions in the comfort of your own home. People often dislike places in their city which are crowded with tourist and this is understandable but be the tourist for the day and look at your city through their eyes.
2. Do some research
As you’ve lived there for some time, you may think you know what the city has to offer but there are always new places to discover and old routes to rediscover. Places that you’ve seen 10 years ago may not look the same now. Do a quick research on the hidden gems around town and check out those places. You can be surprise on how much things can change over the years.
3. Plan it like you’re on a holiday
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4. Hop on an open top bus tour
Personally I’m not a fan of open bus tours as even though you’re flexible to hop on and off the bus, the routes are fixed and that sort of restricts you from fully exploring the surroundings. However, it is still a great option to most and if this is something you fancy then go for it!
5. Explore a new neighbourhood
Head to neighbourhoods you’ve never been to before and wander through it. Get lost in the streets and you may discover a new favourite secret spot. You know how to get back home anyway so it shouldn’t be too hard to find your way home when the time comes.
6. Join a walking tour
There are loads of free walking tour to choose from ranging from tourist attractions to local walks to off-beaten tracks. They often start around 9 in the morning and you can opt to go for a half day tour or full day tour.
7. Take a different mode of transport
If you usually take the underground from route A to B, how bout taking the bus this time or even cycling there? You’ll be surprised on the things you pass by and the vibe of it can also give you a different perspective.
8. Take cheesy photos of yourself in tourist spots
Well the title says it all! As you live in this city, you should spend some time to get the perfect tourist shot.
I will take upon on my own advice and become a tourist in the city I live in. Setting aside time to have a date with London! I plan to plan it like how I would on a holiday and do all the cheesy tourist shots which should be rather fun!
Have you ever been a tourist in your own city? If so, how was your experience? What other ways can you think of to be a tourist?
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