Traveling is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, so it shouldn’t feel as if you’re scrimping on the experience despite whatever limitations you’re facing. Don’t have that much cash to spare, nor time to spend jetting off to an exotic locale? Your backyard — and immediate surroundings — can give your adventurous self as much satisfaction. Here are three mantras so you can enjoy the best life has to offer right where you are:
“Rediscover the everyday.”
If you think you already know everything there is to your city, think again. Because you’re so caught up in everyday busyness, chances are you miss details or moments that make places around you unique. Seeing your hometown from a fresh perspective, that of a tourist’s, can totally rejuvenate your zest for life. Use Piggy as you normally hunt for tour packages —you’re sure to find something your adventurous heart will love!
“Share the beauty around you.”
Go the extra mile and invite friends or extended family, and show them around your town. You can take the historical route, or be more on the hipster side by bringing them to hole-in-the-wall places that make your city unique, or do a themed tour (Best Pizza Places! Most Indulgent Spas!). Don’t forget to take cheesy photos during this stint of yours as a tour guide.
“Live, love, laugh with your community.”
Festivals are a great way to get acquainted or reacquainted with your town and your community. It doesn’t have to be as major a production as Coachella — even a smaller-in-scale art fair can teach you a lot about your city. Be on the lookout at your community center or country club for schedules and listings, or check out Everfest, which has a comprehensive listing of festivals in the country.
You don’t have to search far and wide for beautiful destinations all the time. Make the most of those within your reach by being a practical adventurer. Seize your days armed with not just your wanderlust, but your money savvy as well!