You have probably heard it said that when you travel, you want to “live like a local.” By living like a local you can experience all of the lesser-known shops and bars, and support the local establishments that make a city great.
I have a different proposition. No matter where you are living, you should try to live like a tourist.
As an almost life-time Wichitan, I grew up not appreciating the quirkiness that comes from living in a small city. Since committing to myself that I will live like a tourist, I have come to appreciate all of the fun options Wichita has to offer! It is easy to become stuck in a rut and revisit Olive Garden a hundred times for Friday-night date night. But why not hit up Mixology Mondays at Gianni Bacci’s? Or experience Family Night at the Museum of World Treasures? As a recent Marketing representative in Old Town, I have become immersed in the extensive options Wichitans have for a night on the town. People who tell me there is nothing going on, haven’t looked hard enough.
My new favorite way of finding last-minute outing ideas is social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat are excellent ways to find something new in your city. A few favorite events I discovered through social media: Food Trucks at the Fountain, Mixology Mondays, Tunes + Tallgrass, Night of Treasures (because I posted it!), and Second Saturday. Some of these I frequent, and some I have yet to try, but I love having options! Follow me on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter @jordanshea5 for all of my local, tourist attractions!
When the hubs and I start traveling for his Physical Therapy job, I will take this mindset with me wherever we go. Tourists appreciate things more than locals who have always lived somewhere. The hubs as I have a pact to always “do shtuff.” (Yes, purposeful misspelling.) So, whether we are in Austin, TX or Portland, OR or maybe Honolulu, HI, we will be playing tourist and showing the locals how much their city has to offer.
What do you love most about your city? Any attractions you should revisit as a tourist?
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