Travel Tips: Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Travel Tips: Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Living in Los Angeles, California I often feel like a tourist in my own city. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s sometimes the case with people who live in large, metropolitan cities that tend to attract a lot of tourists.

Let’s take the example of Los Angeles, New York, and London. Leaving aside my own experiences, New York and London are home to millions of people, and it’s not like every one of those people has managed to cover every square inch of their city, right? For me, I feel like that in LA practically every weekend.

But you know what – it gives you the joy of rediscovering your city without having to travel. You get a tourist experience without paying money to take a flight or train somewhere.

So with that in mind, here are some tips to enjoy your own city as a tourist. First of all, go somewhere that you generally avoid. For me, that’s Hollywood itself. Anyone who’s been in LA will tell you that Hollywood isn’t where the real movie stuff goes on [it in fact happens everywhere but Hollywood] and the only ‘Hollywood’ related things there are the walk of fame, the Kodak theater [where the Oscars are held], and some movie premieres. Because of this, tourists flock to Hollywood before they go anywhere else in LA – whereas locals avoid it like the plague. But you know what? I went there and had a blast. It’s so much fun enjoying something for the first time, and these cities are always so diverse that it almost seems like you’re in another city.

Travel Tips: Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Also, make it a habit to keep exploring different places in your city, and keep your experiences diverse. Went to a beach last week? Go to the mountains the next week. Obviously, this will only work if your city is large enough to cover over several months, but seriously, the enjoyment of vacationing in your own city is underestimated.

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I’m a writer who has traveled across the world, sometimes on vacation and sometimes because I’m dragged. I was born in the US, grew up in Dubai and California, and have spent most of my life scribbling random things on paper. Now that I’ve graduated college, I look to inspire more people to travel around the world and learn about different cultures. Favorite places to visit: Dubai, New York City [always!], London, Barcelona, Goa, Romania, Bruges, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, South Africa, and Rio de janeiro. My goal is to visit every country in the world before I turn 60, so let’s see how far I’m able to achieve that goal.

12 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. jody August 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    well i’m living in Montreal and i always feel like a tourist here – getting lost!

  2. DD August 15, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

    My town isn’t big enough.

  3. Erin August 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of this. It’s easy to live in a city and miss all the great local spots.

  4. Chris August 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Not much to see here.

  5. Ali August 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Playing tourist and stay-cations can be a lot of fun, especially when you live in a big enough city.

  6. BusyBee August 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I do this a lot on days off. I am always surprised what I find, even in my hometown

  7. Pamela August 16, 2013 at 5:52 am - Reply

    There is always something new to find if you look hard enough!

  8. DD August 16, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I suppose you are right, Pam.

  9. Allie August 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    You can only “been there, done that” so much.

  10. Nikki August 17, 2013 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Great idea, I rarely explore in my own town.

  11. Allie August 18, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Been there done that

  12. DD August 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I don’t know about that.

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