If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s how to value the towns, villages and cities we’ve grown up in. The local hotspots, businesses and attractions which rely so much on tourism, and have recently taken a huge hit in income.
As restrictions begin to ease across the world it’s so important to learn the art of becoming a tourist in your own town. The idea of international travel is a tempting one, but perhaps we first need to start with what’s on our own doorsteps.
I realise that the options available to will differ from town to town, but I bet there’s still some incredible walks, rivers and attractions in walking distance from you, or accessible via public transport (or driving!). Here are my top tips for become a tourist in your home town or city!
Local Tourist Attractions
The majority of towns and cities will have some form of tourist attraction. Whether that be a waterfall, a castle or a museum. Why not head to your local tourism information point and find the best place to start? Or a simple Google search will open up your horizons.
Make it a ‘Day-Trip’
Perhaps there’s a destination close by that’s just out of walking distance, or is a couple of towns away. Why not hop in the car and make a day of it? I’m lucky enough to live just over an hour away from The Lake District in the UK, and we often take day-trips to visit the area.
Play Tour Guide
Perhaps someone you know is visiting your town or city. Why not offer to take them on a tour of your favourite attractions, coffee shops and events? It’s a great way for you to rediscover some amazing spots, as well as giving your friends or family a cheap alternative to organised tours.
Discover some Local Cuisine
We all have our go-to coffee shops, pubs or restaurants. Why not try visiting some place new? Now more than ever it’s so important to support local businesses!
More than likely, there are places nearby that you’ve never thought of visiting. Simply searching ‘Places to visit near…’, ‘Restaurants near…’, Tourist attractions near…’, can open up a whole host of options for you!
To encourage little ones to get out and explore your home town, why not create your own Scavenger Hunt, filled with riddles, questions and clues to lead you around some of the best spots in your town!
Just because it’s your home town, it doesn’t mean you can’t splash out! Although it’s a staycation, you could always book a weekend’s stay at a local hotel, B&B or holiday cottage and fully immerse yourself in your Staycation!
Just do it!
I bet there’s something you’ve always wanted to do in your home town. Whether that be visiting a Castle, taking a tour or trying out a restaurant, now is the perfect time to just give it a go. You might regret it if you don’t!
No matter where you are in the world, every village, town and city has so much to discover, by locals and tourists alike.
Personally, I love discovering what’s right on my doorstep, and I love sharing my discoveries with friends, family and tourists.
Why not take an adventure today?
If you have a local hotspot you think everyone should visit, make sure you leave a comment below!