6 ways to travel without leaving the city
Being stuck in your desk at work for most of your day can be pretty soul-crushing. You yearn for a relaxing time off or a taste of adventure but your friends are all busy, you’re limited with time and money, and you’re not ready to take the plunge in solo travel yet.
Fret not, you can still take a vacation away from work and your daily activities. You see, more often than not, the best time-offs are ”staycations”—vacations where you either stay at home or someplace else not too far from your city.
Yes, it’s still around your hometown and it may not take you far, but rest assured you get the similar kind of adventure your itchy feet crave for.
1. Eat at a new restaurant
Whenever we’re on a vacation out of town, we tend to be more adventurous with our food choices and seek something new and authentic to try. Why not do the same when in your hometown?
Skip your usual weekend go-to lunch or dinner spots and try the new restaurant in town, or someplace else you’ve never tried but always wanted to. Grabbing a bite at a different restaurant or food chain surely gives that experience of trying out something new.
“You only have one life to live and you ought to live it as much as you can.”
2. Watch a foreign film
What’s your favorite pastime? If you’re running out of activities to try, why don’t you just sit back, relax and just enjoy a movie in theaters near you or in the comfort of your own home? That’s what you’re paying Netflix for anyway.
A good movie, especially those foreign films shot in various beautiful locations around the world, gives you that feeling of freedom from all the responsibilities and let you dive into the world of film. Wanted to visit India? Watch The Darjeeling Limited which showcases the beauty and the colorful places of India.
3. Go people-watching at the park
When was the last time you walked around the park, sat at a bench and just spent your time observing the surroundings?
Forget everything, drop all your worries and go people-watching at the park and just observe. What do you see, hear and feel? While you’re there, strike up a conversation with some strangers.
4. Stay at a luxury hotel
Often times, packing your bags and staying at a 4- or 5-star hotel not too far from the city is enough as a vacation. The relaxing and refreshing feeling your get with the good night’s sleep, little soaps and others in the bathroom, and the spectacular service is enough to make you feel like a tourist in your own hometown.
5. Go on a day trip
If for some reason, you can’t go somewhere farther but you really need to feed that wanderlust inside you, go on a mini-adventure day trip.
You could roam in a new neighborhood, go on a road trip, or take the bus or train and drop at a near museum. Don’t deprive yourself of that urge to travel, you can still go on short mini vacations, you only have to find a way and go.
6. Just relax
If you’re time and financially constricted, bring your travel to you instead. As mentioned earlier, go watch a movie that illustrates the beauty of your dream destination. Or, you could prepare yourself a delicate meal inspired by the country you wanted to go to.
Don’t let the spirit of travel burn out inside you, make your own mini vacations and travel destinations!