Be a Tourist in Your New Neighbourhood

Unpacking, adjusting to a new job or school, fixing up your home—is your new neighbourhood still a mystery? It’s time to explore.

Check the local library’s guide books and online travel sites for highlights of your town’s attractions. If you have children, use search terms like “kid friendly” to find places for the whole family to enjoy. Ask the librarian if you can borrow passes to local museums and recreational facilities. Ads in local papers will point you toward smaller, unique events like bathtub races or a sugaring off. Be adventurous and try things that aren’t your usual cup of tea.

Create a budget for entry fees, tour tickets, and eating out. Then set time aside for your 10-mile tourism. Take 4 Saturdays to explore different themes in your town—food, culture, off-beat, adventure, shopping, spiritual, sporting, etc. Choose activities by pretending you’re only in town for one day. Take a tour. Depending on where you live, choices may include guided tours on foot, bike, bus or even a horse-drawn carriage.

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