In our quest for traveling to exotic destinations, we often fail to see all that surrounds us. When was the last time you visited India Gate or Gateway of India or did touristy stuff like eating street food in the lanes of Chandni Chowk or walking along Chowpatty? Well, if you haven’t then here are 5 ways to be a tourist in your hometown and discover the many hidden gems in your own backyard!
Take a City Tour
A great way to embark on the tourist trail is by signing up for a city tour that will take you on a sightseeing extravaganza. Take a heritage walk and discover the history and culture of your hometown and learn firsthand what makes the city you live in so great. You’ll be surprised to discover all that you often took for granted or simply overlooked.
If you are a selfie queen or king, then this is a good time to put your talents to use. Click away against backdrops of monuments and landmarks. A few years later when you look at your photo album, not only can you admire how good your pout looked back then, but also the beautiful sights you captured.
Watch a Sunrise or Sunset
Do you even know the best spot in your hometown from where you can watch a sunrise or sunset? Well, it’s a good time to find out. Head to location from where you can see either (depending on where you live!). Whether it’s from a monument or rooftop, find the best vantage point and sit back and watch your city slowly being cloaked in shades of orange.
Talk to (Non-Creepy) Strangers
Being a tourist means broadening your horizons. One of the ways to do that is by connecting with other tourists who offer their own unique perspective on your hometown. Head to the typically “touristy” part of your city and hangout where most tourists do, which in all likelihood will be a café. Strike up a conversation with a (non-creepy) stranger and compare notes on everything from sightseeing to shopping!
Check in to a Hotel
The ultimate way to be a tourist in your hometown is by checking in to a hotel just like a tourist would. This will surely get you in to tourist mode as you’re treated as a guest and out of towner. Indulge a little and enjoy five star comforts or be mindful by choosing a budget in. Either way, enjoy a staycation in your own city!
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.