Be a Tourist in Your Own Town!
Yes, you could resolve to ‘travel to exotic places’ this year. However, I suggest perhaps looking a little closer to home. This year, I resolve to never spend two weekends in a row at home. There, I’ve said it – you’re my witnesses!
If you’re like me and want to spend this year exploring your home town a little bit more, please help yourself to the handy list below.
Ways in which to explore your town to the fullest:
Explore your town, learn new things, have adventures and all on a budget without those expensive travel costs. Besides, how can you know the world, when you don’t even know the city you live in?
- Do what you love to do – Seems obvious right? Well it isn’t always. What is it that you do during the holiday season that you don’t the rest of the year? Whatever it is, do it all year round. Be it a walk in the park with the entire family, a winter campfire along the river’s edge, a dinner date with an old friend, or a trip to see your favourite animal at the zoo. Whatever it is, don’t leave it until those two weeks a year when you have time off. Fill up your weekends with things you love to do and it will feel like the holidays all year round.
- Take the scenic route – Do you get stuck in a routine and feel like every day is the same thing over and over again. Whether it’s the weekly trip to the grocery store, or your daily commute to work, pick a new route. Find a grocery store further away than your usual one, one that you might have always wanted to check out. You never know what new views, businesses, and exciting things you’ll see if you just change up your routine.
- Try a new restaurant – The best thing about living in a growing community is the constant flow of new businesses popping up in town. There are new restaurants moving in all the time, so the next time you decide to head into Vancouver to your favourite haunt because that one time you went there three years ago you really enjoyed your meal, why not try something new and local? And the best part of being in your own backyard is there’s basically no travel required!
- Brush up on your history – The easiest way to truly know your town is to check out its historical sights. The number of historical buildings in Langley is staggering. Each one has a fascinating story that I bet you had no idea about. Read a book about local history such as Warren Sommer’s “Nothing Without Effort: A History of Langley” and plan a weekend or two to check out the local historical homes and buildings you read about. Find some great info here: Langley Heritage Society.
- Try something new – Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook Thai food, paint landscapes, or refurbish an old dresser. Well, it’s time to fix that. Not only will you be filling up weekend’s by exploring Langley, but you can also learn something new at the same time. There are many local businesses who offer classes for each of these things and many more. Plan ahead, book a class and add to your repertoire this year.
- Be snap happy – During your local weekend explorations, take photos and document your experiences and at the end of the year you’ll be amazed by all the incredible things you witnessed, learned, tried, and enjoyed in Langley. We would love to see what you’re up to, so if you’re sharing on social media, please use #langleyfresh!
I hope that you are as inspired as I am to get out there and explore Langley. If you’re ever stuck for something to do or need a little post new year’s inspiration to keep your resolutions, ask us! We’d love to give you some ideas!