• Amy Painter

Learning to be a Tourist in Your Own City

Although the current global situation has most people at a loss for what to do next, there are plenty of ways to get out and be active within your city while maintaining social distancing. 

When traveling becomes difficult or dangerous, we look to our own cities to explore, and many times, we discover hidden gems within a few minutes of our homes. Until international and global travel resumes at its height once again, it will be useful to understand how to make the most out of your surroundings. Here are five ways that you can learn how to be a tourist in your own city.

Go for a Drive

Cruising through your town is a perfect opportunity to practice self-isolation while enjoying scenic views and possibly learning new things about your very own town. Take a drive through your local downtown or pass by some of your old haunts to bring back fond memories. 

Visit your Hiking Trails

If your town has hiking trails, now is the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors and go for a quick morning or afternoon hike. This is a low-cost way to get out of the house for a little while, all while still practicing social distancing. To satisfy any cravings to travel, you can also visit any county, state or National Park, as long as you maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid large gatherings.

Order Takeout or Pickup from Small Businesses

This may not be the most exciting or adventurous item on this list; however, ordering takeout from your local small businesses will help to support the small businesses in your community. Now’s also the perfect opportunity to try food from restaurants that you’ve never had the chance to try, as well as order curbside or online delivery from your favorite spots.

Master a New Hobby Outdoors

What better time to pick up a hobby that can keep you active and stops you from growing too restless indoors? If you don’t want to venture too far away from home, take this chance to explore your neighborhood while walking, jogging, running or biking through the streets. As long as you have all of your necessary gear, these activities are completely free and will give you a perfect chance to stay active while in isolation.

Online Learning Classes from Local Businesses

Depending on your city, many small businesses and boutiques are hosting online learning opportunities for those at home. If you enjoy making crafts and new DIY items for your home, this might be the perfect activity for you.

For those who enjoy more physical activities, many local gyms are offering free online group training classes to provide new and safe exercise ideas. Planet Fitness is one such gym that is participating in these online classes and is currently providing free at-home workout classes to anyone, including non-members. No equipment is required, and each class lasts no longer than 20 minutes. 

To keep everyone safe, please be sure to follow your local government’s orders regarding safer-at-home guidelines and social distancing protocol. If you participate in any of the activities above, ensure that you remain at least six feet away from anyone you may encounter and refrain from creating large gatherings with others.

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