a traveling Wife: Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard

Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Most kids have gone back to school but I know there are still some of you that can celebrate summer break for a little longer. Shout out to all the Michigan folks. With just a few short weekends left to get out and explore, I want to talk about how easy it is to be a tourist in your own backyard.

Now you know that I have moved a lot and lived in a handful of different states. I didn't always take advantage of the activities in my surroundings. In fact, there are still a few items on my list that I never visited while living in Indiana. I don't want to make those same mistakes and miss out on any beautiful places while living in Maryland. 

A and I recently were invited to a wine tasting celebration with some acquaintances. We had such a blast, made some new friends, and were able to explore an area of Maryland we probably wouldn't have ventured off to on our own. It reminded me of all the fun we had while living in California visiting San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz, Reno, Lake Tahoe, etc.

1. Try out new restaurants. Avoid the chain restaurants and hit up a mom and pop shop. Maybe even venture out and try a different type of cuisine. Also, when it comes to food, find out what is popular around your area. For example, anywhere around me would highly recommend blue crab.

2. Go out to a sporting event. Does your city have a football, baseball, hockey, or any other sports team? Buy tickets for your family and cheer on your hometown team.

3. Visit a museum, aquarium, or zoo. These are perfect to learn something new. If you are trying to be frugal, look for free museums in your area or look for free perks like Museums on Us from Bank of America.

4. Go to a National Park or any park. It always does the body good to get some fresh air. Go out for a hike or just explore some new parks near home.

5. Head to any hotel or motel lobby or welcoming center. Here you will find dozens of brochures for activities to do around town. And if you want to, you can talk to the concierge at the hotel for any recommendations - that's their job!
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When is the last time you went out and explored your town? Have you tried anything new recently?


  1. Great tips! We really need to get out more around town. There is really a lot to do in Illinois, just need to make time.

    1. YES! There is so much to do all over the states that it's often fun to travel, but exploring your neighborhood can be a lot more fun. :)

  2. Los Angeles is FULL of nooks and crannies that so many have NOT been to! I loveeeeeee exploring new places! KoreaTown, ChinaTown, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, SOOOOO many places! :D


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