How to be a Tourist in Your Hometown

With airports being the nightmare that they are, more and more people have made the decision to avoid them, at least for a little while. For travel addicts and adventure junkies this has been extremely difficult and we have had to find alternative options to satisfy our wanderlust. One of those decisions has to become a tourist in our own hometowns.

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Being like a tourist in your hometown is much easier than you think and it’s the perfect way to fill in the gap between international vacations. Exploring your hometown is the perfect way for new solo travellers to get their “feet wet” and become comfortable doing touristy things on their own.

When choosing touristy activities in your hometown, think outside the box. Ask yourself “what would I being doing if I was visiting another city?” There is no reason why you can’t do those same activities as a tourist in your hometown. So Let’s get started.

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Benefits of Being a Tourist in Your Hometown

Admittedly, being a tourist in your hometown doesn’t quite compare to being a tourist in an international destination, but it does have some benefits, such as:

At this point in time, until the airports get their shit together, exploring my hometown and surrounding areas has become my option of choice. By doing this my wanderlust has been “somewhat” satisfied and I have met some incredible people while exploring.



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Dine Where the Tourists Dine

Dining out is the most difficult part of solo travel but if you want to be a tourist, you have to do what the tourists do. Since you will be dining at a local restaurant, choose a place where you’ve never been, and if you’re adventurous, choose a spot that serves cuisine that you’ve never tried before. Whatever you do, don’t go to a restaurant that you typically dine at. It has to be somewhere new.

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Try new food when being a tourist in your hometown
Try something new when dining in your hometown

Shop Where the Tourists Shop

Let’s face it, when most of us are on vacation we aren’t spending our time shopping in a mall. So shopping at the mall is completely out if you’re being a tourist for the day in your hometown. Wonder through the quaint shops that are popular among tourists when visiting your city. Yes….even the souvenir shops, you’ll be surprised what you might find.

Visit Your Hometown’s Touristy Spots

If you’re anything like me, I’m going to guess that you’ve never actually been to the touristy spots in your hometown. It is only natural for us to take these places for granted. When exploring your hometown, it is the perfect opportunity to check them out to see for yourself. Who knows, you might even learn a bit of history of your hometown.


Many of us love to lounge on the beach or hike a trail when we’re travelling. There is no reason why we can’t do that at home. If your hometown is close to a beach, pack a picnic, grab a book and spend the day basking in the sun. For the more active traveller, this is the perfect opportunity to check out a new trail.

Take a Walking Tour of Your Hometown

Taking a walking tour is the ultimate way of getting to know the touristy spots and history of your home town. Many places offer guided walking tours. If your hometown doesn’t then contact your city’s tourism board to get a self-guided walking tour map of your hometown.

Take an Adventure Tour

Most of us are much more adventurous and braver when we are travelling abroad, so why not be the same when being a tourist in our hometown. Try ziplining, take a hot air balloon ride, or go horseback riding. These are just a few recommendations of adventures to do, so do a bit of research and choose a new adventure that you wouldn’t normally do.

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The easiest way to be a tourist at home is to book a tour or a new adventure. Try something new like you would when travelling abroad
Take a tour or try a new adventure when you are a tourist at home

Join a Class Geared to Tourists

This may take a little research, but every hometown will offer different 2 – 3 hour classes. If you have always wanted to try your hand at painting, take a painting class. If you want to learn how to cook something new, then take a cooking class. Your options are endless.

Take Photos Like a Tourist

Spotting a tourist is quite easy, they would be that person taking pictures of everything. When wondering the streets of your hometown, or when visiting the tourist spots, or whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure you take lots of pictures. Let’s face it, you likely won’t be back to these spots again. If you want to go one step further, hire a photographer to follow you for a few hours to capture you being a tourist in your hometown.

Become Your Hometown’s Biggest Cheerleader

For a fun afternoon or evening, join the crowd and cheer on one of the local sports teams of your hometown. This never fails to get the adrenaline flowing and it’s a ton of fun. If this is something that you don’t normally do, I promise you’ll definitely feel like you’re on vacation.

Stay Overnight in Your Hometown

Booking a room at a local hotel or Airbnb for the night is the ultimate way to be a tourist in your hometown. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put your feet up and relax while looking back through all of your pictures. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day of being a tourist in your hometown.

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Booking a stay at a 5 star hotel is the ultimate way of being a tourist in your hometown.
Book an over night stay at a 5 star hotel

Are You Ready to be a Tourist in Your Hometown?

Have I convinced you that being a tourist in your hometown can be a fun way to spend the day, or even a weekend? Whether you choose to explore only the town that you live in or take a road trip to somewhere close by, I can guarantee that there will be new things to discover and adventures to experience around every corner.


Kelly xo

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36 thoughts on “How to be a Tourist in Your Hometown

  1. Michele

    I live in a city very popular with tourists, but you are right, I haven’t been to many of the touristy spots. I love the idea of using this idea to explore solo travel. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. skigrl985

    I hear so often that people haven’t been to the tourist places near their home…until company comes into town! I think we get so busy with our home life that we forget to enjoy all the great things around. These are such great ideas and I look forward to playing tourist here at home!

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  3. samaranystrom1

    I love this post! With prices going up so much lately I think everyone needs to learn how to enjoy their area closer to home more! I love having picnics in parks when traveling but never think to do it at home!

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  4. Maria

    It’s definitely a great way to ease into solo travel! I always say that to everyone who’s anxious about embarking on a solo adventure. But truth be told I haven’t even been to all the tourist places in my hometown. 🙊Need to fix this.

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  5. Caitlin

    Wow! What a fantastic post. You made a great point that you will likely feel safer traveling in your hometown. I’ve never thought of that before! Plus, flying right now is a nightmare haha. I love the cozy photo of the glass of wine with a marshmallow too 🙂

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    1. Just One Passport

      I’m with you! I LOVE travelling but I don’t have the patience for the nonsense at the airports right now. The picture was taken at a vineyard. I had the S’Merlot package lol (merlot and s’mores). It was a fantastic combinations.


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  7. Linda (LD Holland)

    We certainly spent more time being a tourist in our hometown in the past few years. It has been great to discover new gems. And share them with friends and family on their visits. We visit so many churches when we travel. So it was fun to finally see the ones at home.

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  8. Tanya T

    Great ideas! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed a Chicago museum and have never step food inside! Just give me a minute, I’m going to turn this around…and then visit Justin 🙂

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  9. Renee

    I love the feeling of being a tourist in my hometown, and why not, there is much to see, do and explore. I particularly love to eat my way through my hometown, always game for supporting local restaurants and cultural events. I think the pandemic has forced us to all be tourists in our hometown, and that has been really fun to discover things you might not have already done.

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