Traveling in your local area is a kind of travel that’s often overlooked because you think “I can go anytime,” which, let’s be honest, means you never end up going.

Traveling locally is a great way to make your travel budget go further, and we’re firm believers that travel doesn’t have to be far away.

How to Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

In this guide, we’ll share our top tips for how to travel locally so you can explore the best of your home country.

Check Your Local Tourist Board Website

Your local tourist board website usually has events and programs in your home town and surrounding areas.

Use Social Media

Not only is Instagram good for inspiration, but most photos have a geotag so you know where they’ve been taken. Search for your home city e.g. #Sydney and check out the stream.

Use Foursquare

Foursquare is a location based check-in social network which has become a good resource of getting tips and suggestions from locals. It works by users leaving feedback on where they’ve eaten, had a drink, chilled out at a cafe etc.

Talk With Your Friends (And Other Locals)

We love getting travel advice from other locals. They can tell you when specials are on, where to find deals and the best times to visit certain places.

Choose One (Or Two) Weekends A Month & Drive

It doesn’t mean driving for miles, we may simply visit the neighboring cities, but it allows us to explore more of what’s nearby without having to travel far.

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