Everyone experiences a twinge of wanderlust from time to time, especially when we are tantalized with spring-like temperatures in the midst of winter. Unfortunately, though, embarking on frequent vacations is not an option for some of us, no matter how badly we desire to pack our bags and escape our everyday routines.
With that being said, it is entirely possible to gain new experiences without venturing too far from home. After all, we all spend so much time in our own personal bubbles, commuting to and from work, the grocery store, and so on, that we tend to neglect opportunities for adventure that are practically in our own backyards.
So, without further ado, let us discover new and exciting ways we can explore in our own hometowns.
Explore new parks in your area
One day, make it your mission to visit and familiarize yourself with the parks in your town. To keep the activity interesting, create a checklist of all of the spots you wish to discover, like the best tree to sit under and read a new book, the best pond to feed ducks, and the park with the best trails. You may be surprised by all of the hidden gems you will find sprinkled throughout your area.
Attend local events
Whether or not you are active in your community, it is likely that you have not attended every special event the area has to offer. With that in mind, carve out some time to research new upcoming events, like concerts or food festivals, that will introduce you to a new crowd of people. This will allow you to gain new experiences and expand your social circle, similar to the perks of a vacation abroad but without the expense or time commitment.
Utilize a map for a weekend
Challenge yourself to completely unplug and rely on a good old-fashioned map for all of your navigational needs, just for a little bit. Following this guide will not only improve your own sense of direction, but can aid you in discovering new trails and natural landmarks as well. While it may not be the easiest experiment to stick to, perhaps it will help you rely less on technology in the long-run.
Try quirky new activities
Whether it be zorbing — rolling downhill in a large, transparent ball akin to a hamster globe — or solving your way through a local escape room, trying out new and unusual activities is one of the best methods of exploring all your area has to offer. Plus, you will come out of the experience with new memories and stories to share as you encourage your friends and family to give it a try, too.
Clearly, there are plenty of ways you can explore and expand your horizons right in your hometown. All it takes is a bit of research, creativity, and determination. If you give one or more of these challenges a try, please be sure to share your experiences in the comments below. Or, start a conversation with Caitlin Crowe on Twitter.