So you’re not able to travel yet. That’s okay! You don’t have to travel all the way to Thailand in order to get some of that travel bug system out of you (unless that’s where you are now, of course). Even in the tiniest towns of not even 5,000 people, to the most “boring” countries (is there even such a thing?) there are ways to explore it and make your life more interesting, which is a reason to travel the world, agree? These are 5 ways to turn yourself into a tourist right where you are.
See That One Major Tourist Thing
Every town has it. For Honolulu it’s Waikiki Beach. For New York City, it’s the Empire State Building. For Paris it’s the Eiffel Tower. These are famous examples, but just about every town in the world as that one thing that they claim is famous. Even in the small town in Maine where I lived we had that one Russian Orthodox Church (where services were still done in Russian), a museum with artifacts dating back to hundreds of years before settlers came, and an awesome view of the town from the bridge. So go visit that museum or pretty church, it might be more interesting than you think.
Try Out a Restaurant You Haven’t Been To
If you want to go someplace famous, try out a Hard Rock Café. Although, that’s not in every town around the world (they’re trying). I’m talking about a family owned restaurant. Even in small towns they have these. Try out their food. Meet the owner and the workers, and who knows, you might have just found a new hang out spot. Restaurants aren’t just for a tourist, they’re for a local too.
Take A Different Path Home
This is actually good for your mental health too. Doing the same thing every single day is actually taxing on your brain and causes things like “black outs” like your not remembering the last few miles that you drove, or not remembering walking up to your front porch. Driving home on a different route can make the trip more exciting, or just getting off at a different train stop or bus stop can make it work too.
Try Out the Local Public Transportation System
This isn’t possible for everyone, but if it works for you, then try it out! If you’re already on public transportation try out another route. The best way to look like a tourist is to enjoy the bus or train in your area. When I was in Maryland, instead of driving to D.C. (which has no parking) I took a train down from a small suburban town that connected to the subway.
Watch the Sunset
I hardly know anyone who watches the sunset when they aren’t on vacation, or especially go out of their way to do so. A tourist on the other hand, what perfect way to end the day but to watch the sunset on the beach, or the lake, or from the top of a hill if water isn’t present. I personally love sunsets, they’re so colorful and beautiful. This is how to end any day, good or bad.