Traveling. It’s one of the things I have always wanted to do, but haven’t truly experienced yet. There are just some people that no matter how much you travel, you have endless curiously to see the world. To step out of the seemingly-endless and monotonous routines is a welcomed break for us all.
But, let’s face it: Sometimes travel is not an option to those with busy lives, schedules and responsibilties. I got to thinking then: why do I feel such an urge to pack my bags and leave to a different state…or country? What makes us all so wanderlust, and how can I deal with this feeling that I need to travel? Well, we shouldn’t feel this way. You see, I got to thinking, and I soon realized that there are so many memories to make in your own city.
It’s the routine. It’s our everyday to-do list we go though that makes us forget about the magic our cities hold. I live in Chicago. Just how many restaurants, tour sites, stores and events have I experienced here? I’ve lived here all my life, yet I feel as if I have seen everything, but put into this perspective: you realize that there is so much more for you to discover.
Here are five ideas for you to deal with your urge to travel, and discover amazing inspiration in your own city.
Stay In A Hotel. Have a staycation. Waking up in a different atmosphere, (and getting complimentary breakfast) gives you a mentality that you actually travelled. This is a perfect opportunity for you if have a busy schedule and could only fit a weekend of relaxation. It cuts the costs of plane/train tickets and gas money, and allows you to focus more on the experience than the transportation and cost!
Tour Your Own City. Pretend you’re tourist and explore anything you might have overlooked because you’re so accoustumed to seeing everyday. Visit a museum, take a boat ride, explore heart of year city where everyone is. Surround yourself with the full-of-life atmosphere the tourists around you feel. View your hometown as a tourist would be seeing your city for the first time: sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective to see your surroundings as completely different as you once saw them.
Become A Photographer. Or in other words, take a camera with you in every day life. Although we have our phone cameras readily available, there’s just something about having an actual camera with you, that inspires you more to capture the special moments. Its so easy to find inspiration everyday, you just have to look for it!
Explore A New Place. Whether it be a new restaurant or a store, you may have overlooked actually exploring it: now is your chance! Ask yourself: Would someone visiting find this fun? If the answer is yes, then do it! Never be afraid of looking like you can’t do something because you’ll look like an annoying tourist. If that’s what you look like, don’t worry about what others think:)
Just Explore. Take a walk. Go to a garden. Walk around the city and look at the buildings. Sit down on a bench with a good book. Have an outdoor picnic. Go on a bike ride. Do something that you wouldn’t have done if you didn’t put the effort into making your day a bit brighter. It will make all the difference.