How many of us really know our ‘hood beyond our little square-mileage?
For me, living in Washington, D.C. has given me tons of opportunities to explore. After all, people from all over the world come to the nation’s capital just to vacation. I truly am blessed.
But if I’m honest, I don’t always take advantage of my surroundings. I haven’t seen the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in person yet, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to the National Mall, and there are so many places I’ve yet to visit for a good brunch.
And I’m not alone in my lack of local exploration. A recent study shows that only one in four people have visited the most prominent attractions within 30 miles of where they live.
So, people, we have some discovering to do.
Over the last few months, I’ve tried to be more connected to my environment, which means getting out of my shell to discover what’s in my backyard. I’ve assembled my go-to tactics for getting my adventure on at home.
Make a Hit List
Whenever I prepare for a trip, the very first thing I do is make a list of all the popular attractions. I’ve begun to treat my city’s hot spots the same way. I’ve made a list of everything great about my city, then began to tackle it one by one. I even enlist the help of friends, family, and colleagues to get suggestions because we all do city living a different way.
Do a Food Tour
One of the best things I did on my last trip to Florence, Italy was a food tour early in my vacation. I was able to sample food from restaurants that were often hidden gems and got some great recommendations from my guide that set the tone for the remainder of my trip. I’ve decided to apply the same method to D.C. Instead of relying on Yelp or Google; I can have experienced individuals provide me with not only samples but professional recommendations.
Have a Staycation
Having a tourist perspective is more than just exploring the city. Its actually living the tourist life. Book a hotel room or Airbnb in a popular neighborhood and get recommendations from the front desk or host.
Schedule a Day Trip
Washington, D.C. is not only known for its monuments and museums. We have some great attractions in the outlying cities, like wineries and beautiful resorts. Checking out all the metropolitan has to offer has led me to uncover some hidden gems.
The least costly thing on this list is your pair of feet. Drop yourself in the city center and just wander around mindfully uncovering all your city has to offer!
What have been the ways you’ve discovered your city? Share them in the comments below!