Sometimes it’s just not financially or practically feasible to take a vacation away from home. But we all need time away and to get a respite here and there! Take a peek at these ways to be a hometown traveler and have the feeling of getting away from it all.
Ideas for the Hometown Traveler
head to the salon for a day
I know this isn’t a new idea, but when was the last time you pampered yourself? From having a manicure or pedicure to a full day spa experience, pampering yourself can give you a new state of mind while also leaving you refreshed and feeling a bit better about life in general. In other words – treat yo’self.
Have nature trails or a park nearby? I’m lucky enough to have both within walking distance from my house. Take a day and explore the local river, bike the trails or just take time to get outside, breathe in fresh air and commune with nature.
find ethnic spots
Who says that you have to go to a foreign country to eat traditional foods? I’ll bet your town has ethnic restaurants and grocery stores if you just seek them out. Instead of the expense of Thailand find your locally owned Thai restaurant and pretend for the night!
plan a party
Ok, I know that planning an event can seem daunting, but not if you love to travel! Pick a bucket list location, and work around that theme. Want to head to Paris? Great! Research Parisian music, French foods and add a French flair to your decor. Invite friends, and bring your destination to your home for guests to enjoy along with you.
explore your corner of the world
Oddly enough, I lived close to Philadelphia growing up, and now that I’m gone there are SO many places I regret not going. Would you believe that I live an hour from Thomas Jefferson’s Home, Monticello, and I’ve NEVER been? Shame on me! Are you the same way? If you feel as though you need to go away in order to explore areas, I’ll bet that there are a few in your own city that are just waiting for you to visit. Whether it’s art, history or a new section of shops, it is an easy way to be a hometown traveler.
photo by Daria Shevtsova