5 Tips On Being A Tourist In Your Own Town

By Chelsea Becker
Venice Beach
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With our lives revolving around social media and living vicariously through our favorite bloggers, it's easy to find yourself wanting to be anywhere but where you are—even if that place is actually pretty cool. Sure, if your hometown is NYC of LA, you get to live your everyday life where people plan vacations, but you don't have to live somewhere exotic to go out and explore your own backyard!

Go to a community event

There are usually so many events going on in cities (small or large)—all you have to do is tap into what's happening in your area. The best part is that most of them are usually free. From art shows, yoga in the park and craft fairs. Discover local businesses you never knew existed and eat and drink at cute cafes. Maybe you'll even get a new brunch spot out of it?!

Spend a Saturday afternoon brewery hopping

You might not realize it, but there are probably six or more breweries in your surrounding area. You and a friend can make a whole day or weekend out of it and stop in for a flight at each one—eating plenty of fresh pretzels in between, of course.

Volunteer

Volunteering might not sound very touristy, but it can help you get a feel for what's going on in your own neighborhood or the city at large. Having a cause that you care about, especially on a local level, can make you feel more connected to where you live. Plus, it never hurts to give back a little. There are tons of causes to choose from— animals, the elderly, the environment— start getting involved and you'll find a place to make a difference.

Attend a networking event

Don't just get to know restaurants and bars, get to know people! This can be especially useful if you're a twenty-something who's new in town and looking to meet not only some friends, but other professionals in your industry. Don't forget some business cards so you can connect again later!

Farmers' Market
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Ask a friend for recommendations

Sometimes after you live in a city for a while, you get comfortable in your routine. Every Saturday it's shopping at your favorite boutique, then Sunday you're off to brunch at the same spot as always. If you find yourself in a slump, tell a friend you desperately need some new places to check out and take down a list of their best recommendations.

Do you have any other tips to share? Dish below!