10 Ways To Be A Tourist In Your Hometown


I love travelling, near or far. There’s definitely no sign of travel snobbery here because I firmly believe that whether you go halfway across the world or 30 minutes away from home, you’re still travelling and you always have that opportunity to try new things and make memorable experiences- it’s all about your perspective.

Even though exploring your hometown may not sound as exciting as exploring a new country, often as natives we forget that our home turf has plenty to offer if we’ll just give it a chance. I know I’m definitely guilty of taking where I live for granted, sometimes I’ll talk to tourists visiting Melbourne and shamefully they’ve seen more of it than I have! I think it’s just so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and fall into a pattern of thinking that you’ll try or see everything later. Always later though, never now.

If you want to get yourself out of that rut and really make the most of your hometown (whether it’s for a day or for a week), here are my top ideas of things to do to get you started:

Get ready to whip out your tourist eyes people. 

1.) Drive out of your usual areas, further away than you normally go or in a different direction
2.) Wear tourist clothes (aka comfortable clothes, no heels or something that’s hard to walk in)
3.) Take public transport or walk everywhere for the day (you see so much more when you’re on foot!)
4.) Take a ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off bus
5.) Go to a museum, concert, comedy show, play or art gallery
6.) Look up the most popular ‘Things To Do’ in your hometown on Trip Advisor (and actually do them!)
7.) Try cafes/restaurants that you’ve never tried before
8.) Stay in a hotel
9.) Go on a sightseeing tour
10.) Take photos and document each one of your travel days (include the odd selfie ’cause why not?)
Lately I’ve been planning out little adventure days in Melbourne where I can pretend I’m a tourist seeing everything for the first time. I make an effort to either do something I’ve never done before or see something I’ve never seen before and it’s been really rewarding (and fun) treating Melbourne like my own little playground.
What are your favourite ways to be a tourist in your hometown?


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150 responses to “10 Ways To Be A Tourist In Your Hometown”

  1. I was born and have lived in my town for almost 30 years and there are still soooo many touristy things I haven't tried. Love these tips!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    • So glad you found these tips helpful. It seems like a lot of us are the same, we've lived in the same place for so long but we haven't really explored out own surroundings!

  2. Shell says:

    I agree with all your tips & I love playing tourist in Sydney! I enjoy exploring parts of it that I've never been to before & have discovered some good things/places along the way. There's still so much more I ought to see & do though, but maybe one day I'll get around to it.

  3. Phoebe says:

    I love the photo you've used here and that's a really useful list!
    You are so right about exploring your own areas. I have been doing just that over the past year or so and have come to really appreciate and discover so much more. I will add some of your suggestions to my own list 🙂

    • Really happy you like the photo Phoebe, I love when people notice things like that 🙂

      I completely agree with you as well, I think exploring my own area more has really made me appreciate where I live.

  4. Natalie says:

    I try very hard to do this here in Sydney but I feel like I'm getting to the point where I have done a lot of things. I try to follow a lot of blogs and keep track of Facebook events to see what is happening 🙂

    nat | dignfiable

  5. I've lived in NYC for 6 years and I've barely seen anything! I need to really see the city I call home!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  6. I DO THE SAME THING! Living in LA, it is sometimes a little bit shameful to walk past all these tourists from around the world and to discover that they have seen more of your city than you ever have. So I have taken to touristing LA as well, going to quirky places, book signings, top things to do sites, etc. I've made a few posts about these mini trips on my blog. have you as well? I'd love to see some snippets of Melbourne!


    • That sounds wonderful! I love that we're all getting out there an exploring more.

      I've documented a few snippets on my blog (like my RipponLea post etc), but sometimes I have to admit I just like experiencing things without toting around my big blogging camera!

  7. Charlotte says:

    I'm thinking of going out today to try a new cafe!
    Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

  8. I definitely need to follow this tips, I've been living in rome my whole life and there are some areas I've never been to yet!


  9. This sounds wonderful! And I wish I could do this, but where I live there isn't much stuff to do. Traffic is horrible and we don't have much tourist destinations which is a bummer! Great post. x


  10. Airish says:

    You just gave me an idea! Take care! 🙂

    Airish xx

  11. Alk says:

    Aw.. that's so fun to do! 🙂 thanks for the tips.


  12. This is such a good idea! 🙂


  13. Emily Santos says:

    This is a great idea! I always love exploring my local area 🙂

    A Day in Durham

  14. You've given me something to think about. Great tips! Plus exploring means more places for taking blog photos.

    XoXo Noma

  15. Cara E says:

    love this post! I'm from just outside of London and spend most of my time there so I love doing touristy things when I'm in the city every now and then x

  16. I love rediscovering my own city ! Nice post !

  17. Fionna says:

    been saying that i should be a tourist in my own city for the longest time but still haven't done it :/ i'm just so comfortable with the places i already know that sometimes it feels meh to branch out but i do want to explore! totally taking these tips x


  18. Velvet Blush says:

    Sometimes I am surprised when tourists know much more about local attractions than I do! I do like visiting other cities though and taking photos 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  19. This is such a great idea – lovely post! 😀 x


  20. We love the idea of being a tourist in our own town, we should try this out soon, thanks for the suggestions!

    ISA Professional

  21. DiagonSally says:

    It's so hard being a tourist in your own city. There's so many places I've yet to visit in Melbourne or I'd only go to if one of my friends from somewhere else came to visit me. Half the time I don't even look up when waking around in Melbourne. Terrible, haha!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • Yeah it can definitely get like that can't it? Back when I was at uni I always found like I sort of just wandered around like a ghost, never really looking at my surroundings or appreciating them. Now that I've graduated I really try and appreciate Melbourne more- I feel like I've seen the light! haha

  22. Summer Hanif says:

    Great post, I've never really done this either but I think it would be good to start doing it as I may end up discovering something I love


  23. This is a great post Julia – I have recently had friends visit Brisbane and it's made me become a tourist all over again. I have shown them my favourite spots and I realised I forgot how beautiful my city is because I never do touristy things at home. I am definitely trying to make it to more events and enjoying my surroundings more, since I live in such an amazing city (you do too in Melbourne, so jealous!) xx


    • You're so right, sometimes it's not until friends or family from out of town come to visit that you realise how lucky you are to live where you do! That reminds me, I haven't been to Brisbane for ages, I should definitely try and get there for a trip sometime soon!

  24. Great post! It's oftentimes far too easy to let everything in your chosen city of residence fade into the background like nothing more than noise. It's important to find ways to approach where you live with fresh eyes, and these are all great ideas.

    We don't have Hop-on/Hop-off buses here in Atlanta (I guess you could say the new streetcars qualify, but they're kind of out of the way), so my husband and I thought we should start one in Atlanta called the HoHo where all the drivers are dressed as Santa Claus. We get a kick out of that every time we mention it.

    • I love that HoHo idea! It's definitely a nice play on words and I think a lot of people would appreciate the light-hearted humour of it all.

      Even without a HoHo bus though, you could always find some popular places and map it all out as a driving route, almost like you're creating your own individualised HoHo journey- except probably with comfier seats!

  25. Ooo, I love these tips! I just moved back to my hometown and it seems like so much has changed! I'll definitely have to make a weekend out of exploring my town. I've always wanted to stay at the fancy hotel here, so why not now?

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Me too! I've been saying for a while now that I'd really love to stay in a fancy hotel, I think it would just be so much fun and it would really cap off the whole 'touristy' adventure.

  26. Ana Picazzo says:

    Amazing tips Julia! Sometimes we forget the wonderful things that surround us! I live in Mexico and there are a lot of little towns around my state, so it's always cool to make road trips and enjoy all the little things! Hope you're doing amazing, ps. it's almost your bday 🙂

    Indie Suns | Bloglovin' | Instagram

    • I can imagine Mexico would have so many amazing little nooks and crannies to explore, I'd love to visit there myself someday.

      Hope you're doing well too, and thanks for remembering! My birthday is really soon, I'm actually really excited 🙂

  27. That is such a bright idea! We always take our hometown for granted, we think we've seen it all but there's always something new to explore or to try! I've made it my personal mission to try out new things in my city and appreciate what it has to offer! Good tips!


  28. Seriously great post! I for sure take my hometown for granted and thing everyone outside of here is 10 times better and that's only because I've been here my entire life. I guess it's normal to get bored of being in the same place all the time. But you did hit a mark when you said even tourist seen more than you have – that is definitely me too haha. When the weather gets warmer I should have a date with my city someday!


  29. I always plan and then put off going to museums regularly in NYC. It is just dumb because it is so inspiring for design and just lovely and opens your mind to the world. Going for sure now, The Frick, Moma, Museum of NYC, got a list!

    • That sounds perfect! I tend to do the same thing which is what inspired me to make this post. I'm heading to an art exhibition in a few weeks so that should be good. I think you just have to get out there and do it!

  30. Elisa Z says:

    This was a lovely post and you inspired me to do a similar as I sometimes decide to be a tourist here.


  31. That's such a great idea. You are right we fall into a pattern and never get going, plus travelling is a good mood changer. I love the feel of exploring new places, be it my hometown or not. Wonderful post! 🙂

    Chaste & Beautiful

    • Thank you so much, and you couldn't be more on the mark. Travelling always puts me in the best mood, so if I can get that mood just by exploring my own city then that's what I'm doing!

  32. Ohhhh, that sounds so exciting. I would give it a try.

  33. Gabrielle says:

    I agree that we each often travel far afield when some of the trips could be better spend exploring our own surroundings! Going as much by foot as possible is a great tip – though it's important not to look too much of a 'tourist' (eg. holding out maps at every corner haha) to ensure you don't become a target for theft! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    • Very true! When I'm overseas I can definitely be guilty of that, I never wear a hat (I'm so stubborn) so if it's a sunny day and I'm the one navigating I'll often hold the map on top of my head so I don't get burnt. I must look like the ultimate tourist! Luckily I've never had any theft issues, I think I'm far too cautious and suss of everyone around me for that, haha

  34. veebz boo says:

    I love trying and experiencing new things too! I have recently tried to do this in London. I've lived here all my life, but I always feel like there's so much more to see and do. I think that having a blog definitely inspires me to want to do these things more as well. Your tips are great and I'm for sure going to visit a museum and look for some pretty hotels in the Summer time.:)

    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – Gold Smokey Eye with a Pink Liquid Lip

    • I completely agree, since starting my blog that's what really made me want to get out there and see and do more, just to get out of the same routine you know? I think sometimes you see all of these other people having these amazing travel adventures and blogging about it, and it really inspires you to get out there and do the same.

  35. Osiarah says:

    I really loved your article. Experience something different in your own city is one of the best things to do, as you can learn and enjoy things that are all the time near you but you didn't realize they were there. This are really nice advice's and I hope everybody could take them so we can have more culture and give value to the things we have on our side. Great work, thanks for sharing.

    Camy xx


    • Thanks for the kind words Camy, I'm really happy that you enjoyed this post. I'm right there with you as well, I think if we all explore our surroundings more it'll be easier to stop taking things for granted and we can give value to what we have.

  36. these really sound like fun. I will try it.

  37. Being tourist in the hometown sounds interesting. I've probably seen less than most of the tourists. There are a lot to see and a lot to discover, yet I don't do any of these. First thing I should do is taking a tourist bus and sightseeing!

    Ela BellaWorld

  38. Lisa says:

    Loving the tips girl!! I found the cheapest way to see Sydney Harbour was to take the ferry! It's actually a great idea!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  39. Fiona Bernal says:

    These tips are helpful. I like your post 🙂


  40. M says:

    Great tips, this is also good for those in a budget! Seeing things but not really going so far 😉

    The Flower Duet

  41. Nora Gouma says:

    Absolutely useful good tips, very inspiring, I love it, thanks for sharing!!!



  42. Amazing tips! I've been so bored whenever I visit the city so these will be so helpful! Thanks so much for sharing x


  43. Lily H says:

    Great advise, thanks for sharing!
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    Lily xox

  44. PutAllOnMe says:

    Amazing tips even though I live in a small city so it's hard to be tourist when you know every corner of it:)

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  46. Yelle T says:

    I love visiting the museums in my city – it's a peaceful escape from city-living!

  47. Trang Do says:

    Great tips! Love this post!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  48. wheetnee says:

    I lived in my hometown my whole life and yup, there are SO many thing I've yet to see, and I haven't since laziness is one of the factors. Definitely need to take up on your tip on driving out and around and seeing a museum!

    Macarons and Mischief

    • Driving is one of the easiest ways to get started too. I'm the same with the whole laziness thing as well, I find if I pick a day to 'be a tourist' and stick to it then that works best!

  49. This is such a great idea. I always say that people should take advantage of what's on their doorstep. 😀


  50. I actually love this – sometimes we just get so stuck into a routine and so used to our surroundings that it can be difficult to appreciate the place you live in, the beauty – I love this post and will actually use these tips like driving to different areas and generally just making more time to view surrounding areas too! 🙂

    Layla xx


  51. Yuka Suzuki says:

    Love this 🙂 I know so many people who live in Sydney (where I'm currently living now – only for university) who have barely explored the place and all of it's beauties. It's great to get to know your home city or town by doing touristy stuff once in a while


  52. I'm totally like this, I live in London yet haven't done most of the touristy things here, although I keep meaning too! Great tips, I totally agree with walking everywhere, it's the best way to discover little hidden gems!
    Brigitte x

    brigittehayley.com | youtube.com/brigittehayley

  53. Kate says:

    I love the idea of exploring a bit closer to home. After all, it's so easy to do! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  54. It's really unusual to be a tourist in our city and not good at the same time . We always want to visit new places and we forget about what we have around the corner 🙂
    Nice post!

    Glam Observer

    • That's exactly right, it's so easy to miss what's right in front of us sometimes. I know for me I would hate to move away one day without having really explored and appreciated my own city.

  55. This is a great post! I've lived in pretty much the same place all my life and there's so much I haven't seen! You've inspired me to visit all the museums and restaurants that it has to offer now 🙂 x

    Always, Alice

  56. Breanne says:

    Hehe love the wear tourist clothes tip! I def need to travel further out of the city on the weekends! x


  57. Edye Nicole says:

    Great tips girl! I totally need to explore my town more, and this inspired me to do so 🙂

    Greetings from America,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  58. I almost laughed outloud at your #1 on your list because I cant drive and I really wish i could (I'm still on my learners licence 🙁 ) I do take public transport alot though so I think catching trains around my area is pretty convenient!
    I really want to explore where I live alot more aswell so these are some great tips! I try to take my camera with me more but then I think it kind of takes the adventure away from a trip because then you're always glued to your camera!? I do love exploring though and really want to go bushwalking/hiking soon! love this post!

    • I love hiking and bushwalking as well! Sometimes I can be such an 'indoors' person but I really do like a good hike.

      I completely understand what you mean about the camera, I think it's all about striking a nice balance. For me, I probably take my camera around with me 50-60% of the time, and then other times I leave it at home and just enjoy seeing everything with my own eyes, rather than through a lens 🙂

  59. Love your tips, especially as I love traveling as well 🙂


  60. Elise says:

    Staying in a hotel in your own city is so much fun! I do this regularly and it's a great way to feel like you've been a real tourist 🙂
    Elise @ Celebricious

  61. This is such a lovely post! Too bad that I basically like in the woods haha 😉 (we have bears walk up and down the street during summer haha) But I definitely need to explore some of the surrounding areas a lot more 😉

    Thirteen Thoughts

  62. Julia Walker says:

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  63. This is such a good and fun idea! I love visiting places I've never been to in my home town. Always so interesting when you find new places to explore x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  64. I love the topic – it's one of those you don't expect to see. It would much fun to be a tourist in your own city, especially if you live in a city as big as Melbourne. Good luck! I will be happy to read the story afterwards. 🙂

    Purely Me by Denina Martin

  65. Great post, I suppose it makes you look at where you live in a whole new way. Gemma x

  66. Zara says:

    Great post! I definitely take where I live for granted, and being a student at St. Andrews in Scotland it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of uni life and forget about your surroundings! Definitely something I need to do more of 🙂 x


  67. Great post! I love exploring my city in the summer; there is always something new and interesting to do. http://www.comfycozyup.com/

  68. Honey says:

    I love exploring my town. I'll try the Things To Do and Trip Advisor as well, thanks for the idea 🙂


  69. Vidya Gawas says:

    Thanks for the tips.

  70. Such a great post, its so nice exploring new places in your home town:)

  71. Ray says:

    Lately I have been wanting to attend more street festivals in my hometown of Toronto, as well as explore the local craft brewery scene. We have nearly 30 different breweries and several different beer festivals throughout the year to celebrate Canada's favourite drink. 😉

  72. Ray says:

    Lately I have been wanting to attend more street festivals in my hometown of Toronto, as well as explore the local craft brewery scene. We have nearly 30 different breweries and several different beer festivals throughout the year to celebrate Canada's favourite drink. 😉

  73. I really love this concept. It's so easy to get too familiar with the norm that we ignore how amazing certain places are.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

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