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HOW TO BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY!

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Hello Fellow Travellers!

Has the travel bug bit you, but work, academic deadlines, or COVID-19 are hindering your domestic and international travel plans?

Don't worry, here's a list of some creative ways that will give you a fresh perspective on exploring the city, you call home. These can be tried out all alone, with friends or a significant other, each experience is different and beautiful in its own way!


P.S.: Photo Bombaying is not being sponsored by any of these organizations for their promotion. These are just things that we like, have enjoyed in the past, or are fascinated by.


But first, let me tell you the inspiration behind this. If you know me, you must have already guessed it, but if you don't, let me introduce you to Damon and Jo. They are two YouTubers who started a travel/language channel and blog which has now become a global platform: Shut Up and Go! Their motto and lifestyle inspire you to take the bold step to achieve your dreams, today. For all that's holding you back, is yourself!

Anyway, I have been following them for years and they have inspired me to not let the explorer in me, to stop doing what I love, even when I can't move cities or countries.


So let's dive in, shall we?



1. Find your local travel guides

By this, I don't mean actual people that give you set itineraries but platforms, like Insider.in, LBB, @things2doinmumbai. Or you can simply browse through local newspapers like Mumbai Mirror, HT Cafe, etc to find the hip things happening around you!


2. Attend events, workshops, exhibitions

Once you've identified your guides, you'd be surprised to know the number of events organized in the city, and guess what? A lot of them are Free!


Be it an open mic, a foreign language movie screening, talks, panel discussions, literary fests, artsy workshops, there are so many things, you can pick according to your interests. I'd personally attend French movie screenings at @afmumbai and Prithvi Theatre and a host of talks arranged by @avidlearning, @csmvs, and @bdlmusuem



3. Get to know the history of your city

Each city has a rich history and a story to tell. If you're in a city like Mumbai, this history can be served to you in the form of heritage walks in any season. Some organizations you can check out are @nfpexplore @alishasadikot @khakitours @sahapedia, etc. The cherry on the cake, they are even offering tours online so you can now stay at home and explore!


4. Organise a thematic walk/hop

The best way to roam around the city is to find something particular to explore. It could be anything from art galleries to libraries to old movie theatres to pubs, bars, and Irani Cafes. All you've got to do is pick a theme and make your own trail.


If you don't want to do that you can attend art gallery hops with people like @artwalksmumbai or find other equivalents in your own city!



5. Be creative and make a game out of it

A couple of interesting things you can try out are- buy yourself something like a Shut Up and Go card game or A Wreck this Journal and follow the prompts as you explore the city.


If you choose to not spend money, no worries! You can be creative and make your own prompts. Eg: Take a local train/bus ticket, travel five stops in any direction, get down, and Google "Cafes near me". Lo and behold, you've got a plan on your hand.


There are a host of other things you can try out and be a tourist in your own city.

Tell us some things you've tried or some that you'd like to try! Let us know if you try the ones we have mentioned!


Do remember, to travel, albeit virtually in this pandemic- stricken world!


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