How to be a tourist in your home town
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How to be a tourist in your home town

What if you didn't have to leave your own city to enjoy a holiday? What if you could make the most of the time you have in your home town and see it through the eyes of those who visit every year?

Tourist sitting with backpack / Pexels
Tourist sitting with backpack / Pexels

Yes, it is possible to be a tourist in your own city or town, it just requires a little bit of research and a whole lot of open-mindedness.

 Here are four ways to ensure you make the most of what your home town has to offer: 

Bucket list

You may think you know your home town like the back of your hand, but the reality is that you have in no way explored all it has to offer. The best way to ensure you can explore all that you desire is to go online and research what it is that makes your home so special. All you need to do then is create a bucket list of all the sights, sounds, and vibes you want to experience, and start ticking them off as the weekends go by. You will be incredibly surprised at the number of things that go on around you all the time that you don't know about. Now is the time to start experiencing them as a tourist. 

One thing you must add to your bucket list is enjoying a roti at Sunrise Chip N Ranch in Durban. You are not going to find a better roti in Durban - and that is saying a lot when the rotis, in general, are delicious in the city.

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Grab Your Friends 

A holiday is great when you have friends with you, so why not get together with some mates and write down all the things you still wish to experience in your home town. Put all the suggestions into a hat and draw one every weekend. Even if you have been to a specific place before, your friends might not have, and then you can act as the tour guide as they explore the city as a tourist. This is a great way to spend time with your friends and will create lasting memories without the hassle of jumping onto an airplane and flying for 13 hours.

Have an awesome time out with your mates and head down to the Hole in the Wall along the Wild Coast. It is a natural phenomenon you will want to check out, and what better way to do that than with your friends? 

Just Explore 

A lot of tourists will tell you that the best way to soak up a destination is to get lost in it. While this may seem dangerous, as foreign lands are literally the unknown, the upper hand you have about getting lost in your own city is that you know the places you should avoid. The more you explore, the more you will get to know what is out there, and this will allow you to garner a greater appreciation for what you have on your doorstep. So, pack a backpack, charge your camera, and venture out into the relative unknown. You will be all the richer for it.

While exploring, try and grab yourself a spicy pineapple at the Spice Emporium. Not only will you be able to enjoy this hot and sweet treat, but you can also get lost in the spice emporium, which will feel like you stumbled into a market in India. 

Play It Safe 

The reality is that not everyone will want to do the three suggestions above, so why not look for a guided tour or open-top bus tour in your city? The guides will take you to all the major spots but the only issue here is that you will miss out on the smaller, quirkier spots hidden within the city. If you are happy to just be taken from A to B in exploration of your city, then this is the option for you. 

Zulu Safaris, Springbok Atlas Day Tours, Amatungulu Tours, and Country and Coastal Touring are just some of the options for you to choose from.

To find out more information about Durban, visit http://visitdurban.travel/

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