I love to travel. For me, traveling is not just taking pretty pictures and checking off activities and countries from a bucket list. I travel to learn more about the world. In this way, I can learn more about myself.
But traveling can be expensive, both in money and time.
Now that I am unemployed, my schedule is completely open. I would love to travel again, but I do not currently have the funds to do so. So what do I do? I do one new thing at least once a week.
Here is a list of things you can do to be a tourist in your own town:
- Download a walking tour app and organize a group of friends on an outing
- Look up your town on Google, find historical buildings to visit
- Go to your local art museum
- Support small businesses and go to a craft fair, if there isn’t one, organize your own!
- Take out your fancy camera and take pictures of little things (or big things)
- If you have a car, drive around without your GPS, get lost
- Go to the major attraction in your town and sit there and draw a picture
- Write a post card and mail it to someone
- Get your friends together and take the bus somewhere new
- Eat at a local mom and pop restaurant
- Take a day off work and do anything you want
- Plan your weekend outside
- Try a new craft or project
- Cook something that you have never tried to make before, i.e. homemade pizza
- Read a book
When you try new things, you are training your mind to be more tolerant of differences. You are training your mind to enjoy new information. You can train your mind to be more empathetic to different people. Empathy is a muscle, the more you practice, the more you are exposed to different things, the more you can understand.
It may seem like a small thing, but when you learn to enjoy the little things, you slowly realize that the little things are actually the big things.