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City Tourist – Take A Vacation, But Don’t Go Away
City Tourist - Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
Everyone loves to “get away” and spend their only 2 or 3
weeks of the year off of work going to an expensive, cliché
vacation spot. That’s fine I suppose, but usually, the
experience is costly in terms of time and money and is more often
than not, is even stressful than just staying home. When was the last time you had a blast
visiting a new city or town and didn’t spend a lot of money?
Probably not often, but it can be done with the greatest of
ease. What you need to do is go on a weekend vacation in your
Let’s face it, for the most part; people take for granted
everything their own city has to offer. People usually go from
work to home and back and they neglect the fact they live in a
thriving metropolis (or even town) that has an abundance of
entertainment and attractions to offer. Most people I’ve
talked to have never been to some of the most famous landmarks
in their own city, in which they’ve lived in for decades. Now
it is time to appreciate the place you live and look at it in a
Pick a weekend and go play same city tourist. It’s the
easiest way to take a vacation without going away, and without
spending a lot. Here is how you play same city tourist.
Book a hotel for 1 or two nights (preferably on weekend).
Bring a camera and a map (in other words, look like a
Bring a decent wardrobe (comfy, causal and stylish).
If you are single maybe go with a small group, if you are
married or in a relationship, do this with your significant
you go, plan it out, go to a travel web site and read what foreign tourists do in
your city. Find out what the major landmarks and attraction
are in your town and plan a day to visit at least 5 of them.
Leave your car at the hotel and walk and take transit
everywhere you go.
Book a show, go for dinner, go to a café, etc.
Go out and meet new people, have a blast. Tell everyone
you are visiting from another city.
Each major metropolitan area has a large number of cultural
neighborhoods and districts. Common ones found in North American
cities are Little Italy, Chinatown, theatre district and
entertainment district. You can go enjoy these neighborhoods, go
for some ethnic cuisine, go watch a show or a sporting event or just walk around and
enjoy the city’s unique architecture. At night you can go out
and “paint the town red” by hitting some popular bars or
clubs. There are probably so many parks, ravines, cliffs,
buildings and unique attributes that your city contains, that you've simply
overlooked or never really appreciated. People like to complain
about traffic, the politics and the urban planning of their own
city, but they hardly contribute to making it a more thriving,
cherished place. Go out there and be a same city tourist for a
weekend and you might grow a new appreciation for your hometown.