With my current plans being to leave London (well, the UK generally) at the end of next year, I’ve realised I have lots to see before I go. So I’ve decided that now is the time to start being a tourist in my home city! I’ve been thinking about the ways in which I can live more like a tourist and compiled this list so far:
Take More Photos
Whenever I’m on holiday I take hundreds of photos. I’m constantly looking around, appreciating things and making a record of them with my camera. But I never do that at home. I’m going to make a conscious effort to take more photos and to take my proper camera with me when I’m out and about at the weekend. When you’re on the lookout for things to take photos of you tend to notice new things that you wouldn’t usually.
Before I leave London I’m determined to stay in a really nice hotel for one night. We have so many posh hotels that people travel for miles and miles to visit and stay at, I’d like to make the most of. It seems a little silly to pay for a hotel room when I have a perfectly good flat in the same city so I’m going to wait for an occasion before treating myself though…maybe my next birthday. Another option is to just go to the bar in a nice hotel for a glass of wine or even for afternoon tea.
Take a Tour
There are loads of tours on offer in London. I have my sights set on the afternoon tea tour bus for sure. Personally, I don’t see the point in getting on the Hop-On-Hop-Off tours as I’ve seen most of the main sights separately. Having said that, those tours are a great way of getting to know your home city if you don’t already as they always stop at the key places.
We miss so much on our commutes, especially if we use the Underground (it’s in the name – you won’t see much!). I’m determined to start walking more. And, in addition to that,to start using different routes so that I get to see more. This idea ties in nicely with taking more photos as I’ll have more opportunity to look around, notice new things and take more photos.
Explore New Areas
I’m hoping that walking more will lead to this! It’s so tempting to stick to the places you know and love when you’re at home. But you wouldn’t do that if you were on holiday and exploring somewhere new – you’d try as many places as possible. So now’s the time to act like a tourist and start looking for a new place to get coffee on a Sunday morning or a different park for a picnic in the summer. Remember not to get stuck on the next new place that you like though! Keep changing it up!
People travel from all over the world to go to Notting Hill Carnival. I live in London but I’ve never been. If you were in a country when an event was on, you’d probably do your best to experience it. So why should it be any different at home? It doesn’t even need to be something as big as that, perhaps just a local farmers market. I love wandering round markets that I stumble across when I’m exploring somewhere new. I’m sure I’d love it here too.
If you were on holiday, you’d plan out what you were going to do and see each day. So why not do this at home? Have a look online or read some guidebooks, highlight what you want to do and see and plan it out. There’s no rush, so plan one or two things every weekend or even once a month; whatever suits you best.
I’m working on a “Bucket List” of things to do in London which I’ll be trying to work my way through over the next 12 months. I’ll be posting the list soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Feel free to let me know of anything you’d like to add to it!