I’m going to level with you: I moved to a city that I had only been to once prior and for two days. What can I say, I’m a risk taker. Unfortunately for me, it’s hard to force myself out of the house when I’m in day-to-day-living mode. I am finally accepting that I cannot just wait around for friends and family to come visit as an excuse. It’s high time I embrace my inner-tourist so I can discover my new city.
How does one be a tourist in their own city?
Personally, I’m just going to take a cue from the new Wonder Woman movie and be completely sincere about it. Don’t expect me to be one of those people who turns their nose up at a place or activity because it’s overrun by tourists or “cheesy”. In this case I will be a solo-tourist, so I have no one to impress (I wouldn’t care even if I had friends). Granted, moving is expensive, so I may save the high-price activities for a little later. But that doesn’t mean I won’t find more than enough to keep myself engaged.
Really though, all I need to do is embrace the city. Embrace it as my own. Honestly, I’m not sure I ever truly embraced Fort Myers as “my” city, but I am determined to be open to that here. I personally believe there should be some overlap in the terms “tourist” and “local”. How else are you supposed to make recommendations as a local? Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to eat at new places all the time.
My Plan of Attack:
- First things first, take advantage of all the free events and activities happening in Atlanta.
- Coworkers can be a wealth of knowledge, so asking them for their recommendations is high priority.
- Walk around, simply absorbing and observing what Atlanta has to offer. This is my favorite pastime when traveling, so why not do it here?
- There is a drive-in movie theater that still exists just outside the city, so you know I will be hitting that up eventually.
- I found a couple of different websites I can utilize (and I have already) to keep up with the different events happening in the city, free or otherwise.
- Try to do at least one new thing a month.
But mostly, I have to dig a little to find more out about Atlanta. Pintrest, MeetUp, etc. are all useful resources at my disposal. And they are free, so really there is no excuse.
When it comes to this kind of stuff, you have to be willing to do the research. Sure, there may be fun activities and events you stumble upon by accident, but if that’s all you rely on you’re definitely going to miss out on so much more. But more importantly, you have to mix it up. Get out of your comfort zone by doing something your previous cities didn’t have. Or do something you may have never considered before (so long as it is legal and not life-threatening). As a shy introvert (no that is not redundant) that is something I definitely struggle with, but I always try to not let that keep me from exploring and living my life.
I mean, do you think I was going to let my fear of heights keep me from going up the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
If you’re from Atlanta and have any suggestions, I am all ears!