Live like a tourist

I came across this wonderful blog and a post title got me thinking. Why don’t I live my life like I do when I travel?

Chillin' with JD in Hong Kong
Chillin’ with JD in Hong Kong

When I travel ~

  • I talk to strangers
  • I try different food
  • I take different routes to see what else I can see and photograph
  • I plan to see different sites or places every few days
  • I go snorkelling, hiking, bike riding etc…
  • I enjoy different weather, unusual customs and chaotic traffic
Waterfalls in Vanuatu

Or is it a catch-22? Maybe that’s why I go on holiday. To do the things I don’t do at home. To experience something different. But then again, I love holidays and live for those weeks and months away from the usual daily routine to experience different things and meet different people.

This is an experiment I’m putting on hold for a few months, ironically because we’ll actually be on holiday through March/April, but when I get home, I might try the following and see whether I can partly live my life like a tourist:

Eating crickets in Thailand
Eating crickets in Thailand
  • I live in a city with hundreds of thousands of people and barely know anyone. Each week I’m going to attempt to strike up a conversation with a stranger. It won’t be some deep and meaningful heartfelt “on the way to best friends” type of chat, but something a little more advanced than ‘Hi, how’s it going?’
  • I drive the same way to work every day. At least once a week, I’m going to take a different route. Seeing as there’s only two direct routes to my workplace, these detours will likely be just a street or two different, but that could be enough to see something I haven’t seen before.
  • The next time Sel and I eat out, we’ll make a point of going somewhere we haven’t been yet and ideally a type of food we haven’t tried.
  • One weekend I’m going to walk drive/walk around my hometown Newcastle as a tourist. See the sights and try to imagine what it’s like to view it all for the first time.
Bike riding in Burma
Bike riding in Burma

It’s an interesting thing to think about and I’ll let you know how the experiment turns out. I love my holidays and I love the experience that comes with visiting somewhere new, somewhere miles and miles away from home. But at the end of the day, those things simply make me happy. And why shouldn’t I try to replicate some of those things at home if it means doing things I enjoy?

What things could you try at home if you were going to ‘live life as a tourist’?

27 thoughts on “Live like a tourist

  1. Josh Wrenn

    We, (my wife and I), try to do this as often as I feel up to getting out. Unfortunately, some things I have to avoid due to crowds and my immunosupression, but we enough all the city’s tourist traps when we can. Cheesey fun!

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  2. I absolutely love this Mike… I’ve read this post three times now absorbing all the valid points you make – we really do need to live life with much more appreciation and enjoyment of our surroundings instead of taking the day-to-day beauty and blessing for granted..

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  3. I absolutely love this Mike… I’ve read this post three times now absorbing all the valid points you make – we really do need to live life with much more appreciation and enjoyment of our surroundings instead of taking the day-to-day beauty and blessings for granted..


  4. Great read. Maybe we act differently when we travel because it is a new place and no-one knows us. Back home we do not appear to be as curious about our own city as we are about those exciting new destinations. This is a timely post because I have just spent the last couple of days with a friend who is in Australia from Europe and he was very impressed with Australia and I saw my city through someone else’s eyes.

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    1. I’m always amazed when I see so many tourists in my city. I know I love the place but I forget about the sights someone would see in a 2 or 3 day stop. I have to stop & remind myself that they are there, but they’ve blended into the background for me because I’ve stopped looking 🙂


  5. What a profound idea, Mike! I’ve been living in the same city, on the same street in Korea and I’ve known for a long time that there’s so much about the city I don’t know! This is my last year here and I, too, have made some mental notes to try some new things.

    Thanks for the inspiration! This was excellent motivation. I look forward to hearing how your intentions unfold when you return from vacation!

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    1. Thank you Krissi! I’m glad it could help 🙂 Let me know what else you find in Sth Korea that you might have otherwise missed! I’ll be posting a mid-year roundup about how successful my attempts were at all the things I said I would do (better get my butt into gear!!)

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  6. Great post, Mike! Once we get our “finances” in order, hubby and I plan on doing things closer to home. With three dogs in the family our travel is extremely limited; but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy “living like tourists”.

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  7. Finding My Inner Zen

    I am looking forward to the results of our experiment! I think this is kind of the purpose of my own 2015 bucket list; just making a point of doing things that are a bit out of the ordinary. I am always at my best when I travel, and I think implementing this insatiable curiosity and openness to the world, that we tend to have when we travel, is such a simple but beautiful concept.

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    1. That’s exactly it. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme or groundbreaking 🙂 I’m looking forward to an update in a couple of months time about how you’re going with the me-mantras!


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