It’s so easy to forget that where you live can be cool. Believe me I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere.
Recently my relatives from Belgium came to visit, which meant doing some tourism, Canadian style. What I’ve realized is that you can be a tourist in your own country if you have the right mentality and commit to it.
I’ve divided local tourism into three categories:
- Places you’ve been to so may times you’ve lost interest, but you saw in a new light
- Places you’ve never visited because they’ve always been there and they’ll always be there
- And places too far away to visit without taking your own holiday. (I do live in Canada after all)
I was able to take part in the first two while my relatives visited. First, we visited Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is one of the wonders of the world, it’s amazing and beautiful, and I’ve been there so many times I often forget what a miracle it really is. Niagara Falls is one of the cool places close to me, so it’s not uncommon for me to make a day trip to see them. They’ve lost their magic.
However, my visiting family was so excited to see them. As we were getting ready to leave, their enthusiasm started to rub off on me; the falls are cool, I was excited. Having them there helped me to see the falls in a new light because I was seeing them the way that they were seeing them.
Not to mention touring lets you do different things. When you live near a tourist area you often want to avoid doing the ‘touristy’ things. My cousins wanted to go on the Hornblower. (This is the Canadian Maid of the Mist, which used to be Maid of the Mist but was recently changed).
Boating to the bottom of the falls gives you an entirely new perspective. While I had done it once before, years ago, it was still something new and exciting. I was able to try something and experience it like I was a tourist. We took photos and laughed and had lots of fun.
Although we often want to go on a vacation far away to experience something new, you can be a tourist in your own back yard if you try to be. You can have fun and have new experiences if you put yourself out there. And make some great memories.