5 Ways to be a Tourist in Your Own Home City
Re-Discovering Your Home City
You could live in one of the most amazing places on earth, and still get bored. Let’s accept it, once you’ve lived somewhere for a while and you’ve already done all of the landmarks and famous attractions, you tire of the tourists, and just want some space from it all. But what if you became a tourist yourself? You’ll be amazed what could be waiting for you right on your doorstep.
Slipping into the routine of a 9-5 and the classic ‘food shop on the weekend’ it’s easy to forget about all the great things going on around you. Living in Edinburgh I’m lucky to be somewhere that’s both small and yet inspiring all at the same time. Filled with beautiful architecture and home to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it was about time I re-discovered a few things about my home city.
Local Galleries and Museums
Your local galleries and museums are a great place to spend an afternoon. Especially ideal for those rainy days where you feel like you can't do anything. One of my favourites is the National Museum of Scotland. It's somewhere that's big enough to keep you entertained for hours, as well as being popular with all different ages. Some of my other favourite Edinburgh galleries and museums are the National Portrait Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Free Shows & Performances
It's surprising how many free shows and performances you might find in your city once you start looking. Aside from the Fringe Festival here in Edinburgh, also consider street performers, things like an open mic night, your local comedy club. Gather some friends together and head out to experience something a little different one night!
Go to the Theatre
Living somewhere that's full of theatres, it's not actually that often I find myself attending them. I'm dying to make more of an effort with that, including heading to Glasgow recently for the Comedy Festival to see Sue Perkins. I also went to a live screening of Shakespears Hamlet at the Globe Theatre in London, see - you don't even have to be in the same place to experience it live!
Try Out That New Restaurant
Too often we find ourselves slipping into the same routine of only dining out for anniversaries and birthdays. But when was the last time you tried somewhere new, just because? These things don't need to be expensive, see what set menu options they offer, or often going mid-week or opting for a pre-theatre menu can be cheaper still. And what better excuse than a new restaurant to get you out of that 'what shall we eat tonight?' rut.
Let Your Feet Wander
We are all creature of habits at heart. Always taking the same route to work, the same streets to the shops. You never know what gem might be hidden just around the corner. Let your feet wander where they want to go and don't think too much about where you're heading. After all, you've always got good old google maps to save you anyway. And how else are you going to find that dreamy wysteria covered house for your Instagram!
What are your favourite ways to re-descover the love for your home, and learn to be a tourist in your own city?