When you’ve lived somewhere for a while, it can be easy to lose sight of why you moved there. The mundane routines of work and life keep you pinned in place and can stop you appreciating the city around you.
Today we’re taking a look at a few simple ways to take a look at your home through fresh eyes and reinvigorate your passion for the city where you live.
Live Like a Tourist
Thanks to Covid, the staycation is currently the most popular form of holiday for people in the UK. All too often, though, people don’t stay for their staycations – they travel! If you’re feeling a bit worn out and jaded by the city you call home, the solution might be, counterintuitively, to stay there longer!
Stay home in Newcastle! Staycate in Liverpool! Give yourself time off the daily grind and find out what tourists see in the city you’re struggling to appreciate. If you google “things to do Manchester” you’ll instantly make a short list of tourist hot spots and create an itinerary that’ll make your home feel new again.
Travel on Foot
We often experience cities as small nodes linked by driving or public transport. It’s possible to live in a city for years and have no idea how these little bubbles around your home, work and shopping centres link up. Find out what’s in between by ditching the car or train and taking a walk. If you’re able to, walk home from work – at least once, if not regularly. You’ll find new pubs, new parks, streets lined with beautiful buildings and shortcuts you’d never imagined. It’s also a great, low impact way to stay in shape after a day stuck in front of a computer.
Change Your Schedule
Whether it’s asking about flexible working hours, changing when date night falls or mixing up your weekend, you don’t have to change what you do to see a new side of home. Simply changing when you do it opens up new possibilities. Starting work early and finishing in the afternoon opens new hours of daylight for you to explore and exercise in more safely. Going out for a date on a different night might mean a different menu, money saving offers or whole new activities becoming available.Simply seeing your city at a different time of day – drenched in late afternoon sunlight or lit up in neon at night can make it seem like a whole new place and one you can explore all over again.