What does travel mean to you? While you might normally answer flying somewhere new, sometimes hopping straight on a plane isn’t an option. We do have some good news though – your next adventure may literally be right around the corner. There are plenty of advantages to enjoying a well-earned getaway in your home city, from using your funds to indulge in close-to-home luxuries to discovering your own city’s hidden charms. And all in a hassle-free headspace! Find out about our hot tips for travelling in your own hometown.
Saving where it counts
One of the clearest benefits of holidaying in your own city is what it puts back into your pocket. In fact, that money you would have spent on a plane ticket can now be invested in trying out that new restaurant you’ve heard about, indulging in a spa day, or treating yourself to a local show. This budget-friendly approach can be incredibly liberating, making it possible to embark on adventures without breaking the bank and saving money.
Less time travelling, more time exploring
Think about it – no jet lag, no dragging around heavy suitcases, and no race against the clock to catch your flight. And playing tourist in your hometown can still lead you to hidden gems and lesser-known attractions that have remained undiscovered. Think of an extra 48 hours to explore Sydney’s stunning hidden coastal walks, indulge in Melbourne’s backstreet diners or lose yourself to a picnic in Perth’s sprawling Kings Park. No matter where you live, there are always extra delights waiting to be discovered around every corner – and now you have the time.
Seeing the city through fresh eyes
Your city is more than just a place to live. It’s a treasure trove of cultural experiences. So take some time to explore its museums and shows, whether it’s Brisbane City Hall or the Art Gallery of South Australia. By taking some time out on a ‘journey’ that delves further into your city’s hidden wonders, you can gain a deeper understanding of its history and culture – and perhaps even your own place in it all. Doing so can give you a new appreciation for your city’s landmarks and natural beauty.
Embrace your comfort zone
Let’s also take a moment to think inside the box. You’ve probably already got a favourite restaurant, bar or cocktail hideaway. So why not turn the dial up by making that the star attraction of your getaway? Be a tourist by indulging in what you love and relishing that hard-earned comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time out to do what we love – just add a dash of getaway comfort and make it extra special.
Rediscover childhood memories
By being a tourist in your own city you can take some time to revisit places that hold a special memory. Revisiting places you knew with family or childhood friends can evoke a sense of nostalgia, transporting you back to a time when wonder was found in the everyday. In fact, a trip around your hometown can be one of the best things to do for free! These experiences can recall some of the enduring magic that surrounds you – they can be especially present when you’re taking time out to indulge in getaway.
Where to stay
There are things to do in the city that can only be truly appreciated as a tourist. Rediscover the wonder of your home city with accommodation that suits your taste, style and budget. By joining Choice Privileges, you’ll also get great benefits, including the lowest price guaranteed on every stay when you book direct with Choice Hotels.