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How to Be a Tourist In Your Own City


February 4, 2020

A vacation isn’t always in the cards, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to your normal routine. It’s time you consider a “staycation,” which is all about making the most out of the city you live in. And that doesn’t mean you have to stay home and lounge on the couch for a week. Get into tourist mode and discover the unknown of your city. To help give you that at-home vacation feeling, we’ve created a list of activities you can try during your down time.  Go somewhere you’ve never been. Feel free to explore instead of always needing to follow a plan. Even if you’ve lived in a place for years, there are definitely certain streets, parks, shops, or entertainment centers you’ve never explored. Maybe you’ve driven past these places and never took time to really see what they were about. Now’s your chance to take the road less traveled and wander into these less familiar territories. Try new restaurants. It’s easy to get in the groove of going to tried-and-true restaurants. You might even order the same meal because you’re positive you’ll like it. But in order to be a tourist, you have to step outside of your comfort zone and try a restaurant you’ve never stepped foot into. Find a new spot the same way you would if you were visiting an unfamiliar city. Check Zagat, read reviews, and take recommendations. You might find a quaint mom-and-pop place with great burgers, or a fusion restaurant with dishes you’ve never heard of. Here’s the perfect opportunity to expand those taste buds. Take a tour. When you take an official tour of your city, you’ll start to see what your home looks like to someone on the outside. Explore by walking the streets, or even taking a bike, bus, or boat. You can even sign up for themed tours, such as historical sightings, haunted houses, or food and wine trips. Let loose and try to see your city from a few perspectives. Become a volunteer. Take tourism to a new level and try volunteerism. You’ll be giving back to your community while also exploring parts of your home that never peaked a particular interest. It’s also an opportunity to meet new people and learn about other neighborhoods. Try VolunteerMatch or find a local organization you’re passionate about and see how you can help out.   Attend an event. Every city has a ton of local events going on at any given moment. It’s just a matter of finding something cool that may not be heavily advertised. Use Facebook to search for events in your area, and pay attention to bulletin boards in any building you walk into. Try food festivals, conventions, shows, or even charity events. All you have to do is look around and pick something that makes your soul sing. So, the next time you have a few days off, grab a ONE ROQ cocktail and make a list of everything in your city that intrigues you. Call up a friend for some company and embrace the beauty of your home.   

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