Travel Ladybugs: How To Explore Your Local Area
by Michelle Chan
This article is part of a new Her Culture column series called "Travel Ladybugs," which gives insider tips about locations around the world, including little-known restaurants, historical sites, beautiful landscapes, and more.
I’ve lived in my small suburban town since forever—at least that's what I used to think. I mean, how could a small town possibly be interesting? Whether you live in a rural area or a big city, it’s hard to realize the amount of unique intricacies that reside just a block away since everything just seems normal to your everyday life. So, I’ve compiled a list of tips I used to help me achieve the fullest potential that my town has to offer:
Bring a disposable camera––and use your phone as minimally as possible.
When you use your phone to take pictures (or peruse social media for that matter), you’ll almost always concentrate on capturing the greatest photos and trying to make sceneries “picture-perfect”. If you use a disposable camera, however, it’ll prevent you from taking photos every second and allow you to only capture the sights and experiences that are truly meaningful to you. Plus, it’s always good to take a break from modern technology and absorb the nature around you.
Talk to other locals
You are a local of the area. But have you ever thought of talking to the other locals? If you see someone on the street, approach them and ask them to name the top three locations that not even locals know about. They’ll probably direct you to the coffee shop you’ve never thought to enter or that small park that always seemed so boring. Now, you can find these unique spots and even recommend them to other passersby!
Check out the places you would always pass by before
There’s this park in my town that I alway always passed by on a daily basis. One day, I decided to check it out and see for myself if I could do some exploring. I found a beautiful creek hidden between the trees.
Not only was the scenery picturesque, but the entire area was completely hidden from the public eye. If you have a place that you’ve always passed by but never explored, give it a chance. Maybe you’ll find something much more than what meets the eye.
Bring a friend along your journey
Adventures are always more exciting with a friend. They can hold your belongings when you take a photo of the amazing scenery or be a shoulder to lean on when your feet are tired from walking. But in all seriousness, they can be someone you can share these explorations with and someone to talk to among the beautiful surroundings.
Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, I encourage you to get up right now and explore your local area (it’s best when you’re on a whim to go on an adventure). You never know what you’ll find. Good luck on your adventure!
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