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Explore Your Hometown

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As a frequent traveler, it’s easy to get so caught up in seeing new places, that you lose appreciation for what’s in your backyard.  Like, when was the last time that you even thought about how fun it could be to explore your hometown? 

I was like that with Dallas/Fort Worth. As a native of the area, I always thought that the surrounding cities were too familiar and boring. When given the option between traveling and staying in town, I would always pick travel. It wasn’t until I started dating my then boyfriend (now husband) that I realized what my hometown really has to offer.

As someone who was new to the area, my husband wanted to see everything. He was always finding new activities and new restaurants for us to experience together. He would read about all of the best events and must do excursions, and we would do those things. It was at that time that I realized just how awesome Texas and the DFW Metroplex really are. I gained a new appreciation for my little neck of the world. I began to see my old stomping grounds as cool again.

Sometimes, exploring your own backyards can be just as fun as traveling to a new place. Even if you think you’ve seen everything around, you probably haven’t.

Keep exploring

Just Drive
My husband and I do this thing where we get in the car with no destination in mind and just drive. We stumble upon unfamiliar areas and randomly stop at new restaurants to eat. We’ve discovered some neat places doing this. Parts of the city that we didn’t even know existed and food that we never realized we were missing out on.

Take a city tour
I know, I know, the idea of taking a city tour in your own hometown seems cheesy. However, I can guarantee you’ll see your city in a new light afterward. Check Google for city tours. Whether it’s by Segway, bike, or bus, there is a way to see your local area in a whole new light.

Attend a local cultural event
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been to a Greek Food Festival and a French Wine Festival. I’ve been able to experience different cultures and cuisine without traveling more than 25 miles from my house.

Check out the museums
Most cities have a museum.  Art, science, history – there are so many different types of museums you can visit.  Plus, this is the best place to go to learn more about your hometown and its interesting (or not so interesting) past.

Join a Meetup group
Sometimes the best recommendations come from other people. Join a Meetup group in your area. Find groups of people that share the same interests and be introduced to places around your town that you’ve never been to before.

These are just some of the things you can do to experience your hometown in a new way.  What types of things have you done to experience your local area in a different way?


Dallas locals interested in exploring the place you call home? Click here for a cool guide of must do activities in the city!

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    robin rue
    November 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

    We live just outside of Boston and like to do fun touristy things in our city sometimes. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

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    Cesar Diaz
    November 16, 2017 at 7:16 am

    We travel a lot and often forget to explore our own back yard. These are great ideas. We did a city tour recently and really enjoyed learning so much about our own town and it’s history.

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    Amber Myers
    November 16, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I do need to explore my hometown more often. I’m in San Antonio so there is a lot to do. I’ve done some of it, but there’s so much more!

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    Alli Smith
    November 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I need to explore my hometown more often. There is so much to do in Charlotte and I have enjoyed attending the Southern Christmas Show and other events.

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    November 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    We live near Philly and not far from New York City either. We need to do some more local exploring!

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I really need to explore more in my own hometown. I’m one of those people that likes to go international but checking out my hometown is a great idea because of give me ideas of stuff to do on the weekends.

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Totally agree about enjoying what is in your own backyard. Great you are encouraging everyone to get out and explore their surrounding area. They might be really surprised at all the great places to see and visit.

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I need to do this! I’ve lived in my city my entire life but feel there is so much more I have yet to explore!

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    Tomi C
    November 16, 2017 at 10:09 am

    When we first moved to our new home I opened up the phone book to the blue pages and my kids and I visited every city park listed in the directory. It was a great way to familiarize myself with our new city and visit some neat neighborhoods. Always great to explore your current habitat. You never know what you’ll find.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    November 16, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love exploring our own place, there are so much to see and do that we sometimes neglect to pay attention to. Hubby and I does spontaneous drive with the kids a lot of times.

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    November 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I believe I’m a 100% city explorer. I know London from west to east very well. I love just walking the streets, looking at building, sitting for some rest in parks and, of course, shopping around. And I only need a good playlist, my oyster card and curiosity!

    • Adrienne
      November 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

      That’s awesome! I would do so much exploring if I lived in London! There’s so much to see there. I can’t wait to visit you so you can show us all of your favorite spots! 😃

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    November 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I love to explore new towns. In fact, I would love to be a tourist in my own town. I think there are some areas that I never saw that I would enjoy visiting!!

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    November 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Exploring your own hometown and the areas around it is a great idea. It’s surprising what you can find right in your own back yard!

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    November 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I have been trying to do more around the town we live it. We have a lot of cool cultural events I didn’t know about.

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    Bonnie G
    November 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    We’ve been here for 3 years so far and have just started to check things out more. Last weekend we went to a Thanksgiving Dinner hosted for anyone that wanted to come.

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    November 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    A meetup group is a neat idea when you first move to a new town. I like stopping by hotels for tourist magazines. It can let you know of lots going on.

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    Liz Mays
    November 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    This would actually be a good idea for us. There are definitely parts of our town that we haven’t thoroughly checked out.

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    November 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is such a great reminder that you don’t need to hop on a plane or cross state lines in order to have an adventure. Thankfully we live in Chicago so there isn’t a shortage of fun things to do!

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    November 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I always see to it that I get to explore my hometown whenever I go back to visit my parents. I love discovering and revisiting my childhood memories.

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    Agness of a Tuk Tuk
    November 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Exploring my hometown is a great idea, as I am currently in it, Adrienne! We seem to tend to explore the world while we know only a little about our hometown. This post was a real eye-opener. 😉

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