Living Like a Tourist in Your Own Town Episode #109

Aaron McHugh


Alastair Humphreys in his book MicroAdventures: Local Discoveries For Great Escapes says, “Adventure is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. It’s about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity”.

I think that invitation is a perfect frame for this idea. Wherever you live, mystery, possibility and adventure await you…if you choose to go looking for it. My wife and I first tried on this idea of living like tourists in our town by taking a Staycation. We booked a hotel three miles from our home, reserved a couple of massages at our athletic club, sat in the hot tub, ordered a few beverages, went to a movie and dinner and were home by lunch the next day to relieve the babysitter.

It was simple. It didn’t take a lot of money. It did not require a lot of time and planning. It was incredibly restful and encouraging. It unlocked this idea for us and I hope you will try it on for yourself.

Places to go from your town

In your town there are (within a one to two hour car/train ride)…

  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Clubs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Music
  • Sporting events
  • Rivers
  • Trails
  • Roads
  • Parks
  • Unexplored towns
  • Food trucks
  • Historic buildings
  • High school sports

Rid yourself of the excuse that you’re…

  • too busy
  • too bored
  • too scheduled
  • too poor
  • too important
  • too old

Get up and go.

Keep going-


Living like a tourist in your own town

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