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Be a Tourist in your City

With the current Rand/Dollar/Pound/Euro exchange rates , travelling overseas is not possible for many. But everyone dreams of one day travelling overseas and discovering the Travel Bug. My solution is why not become a Tourist in your own City.
Be a local Tourist

A Tourist in your own City means :

Discovering the hidden local gems and it would not cost you too much. Since moving back from London in 2010 , I have been discovering my city through new eyes. Each time I am out and about I amazed at just how beautiful my City is.
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4 Ideas to Explore your City

  1. Pack a picnic basket with your favourites eats and head to a local park with friends or family. Carry with you a ball and get some exercise in while enjoying the sunshine.
  2. Find our where your local Park Run is. Grab some friends and have a fun morning chatting with the girls while enjoying the scenery.
  3. Find local museums in your city. Most are free to enter.
  4. Go on a Roadtrip you will be amazed what you will find along the way.

Since I have started lecturing Travel and Tourism this year, I have started to see my City in a truly different light. I have fallen in love with Durban and love exploring my city. This has made me realise just how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place.

5 places to visit in Durban

  1. The Mariannhill monastery
  2. Bangladesh Fruit and Vegetable Market.
  3. Mitchell Park.
  4. Grey Street Mosque.
  5. Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding.

Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding - Durban
No visit to Durban is complete without sampling the delicious food found here.

4 Places you must eat at in Durban

  1. Spice Emporium in the Durban CBD. Besides stocking up on spices and everything Indian that is needed in kitchen. Now besides that check out their Indian Street Food Cafe instore.
  2. Chicken Tikka from Big Ben in the South of Durban. A small takeaway with the biggest lines and divine Tikka.
  3. Durban is world famous for the Bunny Chow. This is a dish were a loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with a delicious spicy Durban Curry. Some popular places include Island Hotel , Britannia and Hollywood.
  4. Old Town Italy is a fairly new deli and eatery where you can enjoy traditional Italian Cuisine at its best. Besides a great meal you can also buy authentic Italian ingredients to take a piece of Italy home with you.

Spice Emporium Durban Street Food
Durban is one pretty damn awesome city. The weather all year round is warm and the people are so friendly and welcoming. Durban is a popular destination for local and international visitors. There is something for everyone in Durban.
Last year I became a tourist in my own city by staying the weekend at a city hotel. Boy oh boy ! it was total fun and did not cost an arm and a leg. I have a pretty adventurous family who love going on roadtrips and Sundays are spent having picnics at the beach and various parks. So start looking at your surroundings in a different way. Become a tourist and explore your city.
What is your favourite place in your city?
Be Inspired !
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65 thoughts on “Be a Tourist in your City

  1. What a lovely idea, become a tourist in your own city.I truly love Dbn, look at those pics of yours its just simply gorgeous and full off life.

  2. What a great idea, most people take for granted the region they live in!! I love taking our daughter out on drives and exploring the area we live! We have the lake (Lake Erie) and so many muesuems and great places to eat and check things out!

  3. I’m currently located at Bonifacio Global City, and been living here for 5 years and guess what? There are times I feel kind of lost! Like there is always something new, and when you are busy at work, I didn’t realized there’s a new awesome restaurant just next to my building. I still consider myself a tourist, hhahaha.. it is more fun!

  4. I love this post, and can’t speak enough to how important it is to rediscover new experiences within your own city and keep things fresh! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. Yes! I love exploring my own area! I used to get out and explore my hometown at every opportunity. We moved 3,000 miles away this year, so I have a new area to explore every weekend!

  6. A very well thought post! I have also traveled in nearby areas for touristing purposes but always miss my very own city! That makes me plan my this weekend exactly like how you described. Thanks a ton.

  7. Totally my thing…usually I like roaming around like a local in my country and city but I am moving out of my home for 2 years and recently turned a tourist in my home town! It was fun πŸ˜€
    P.S. Durban beach seems awesome

  8. I can’t afford to travel all the time and I usually go to discover places around my home. And it’s great! You never know what hidden things are just around the next corner. Like last night I’ve been to the ghost walking tour of my town and it was awesome!

  9. I so resonate with the whole thing of playing tourist in your own city. There is always something new that you discover when you do. I have been doing that off late and am glad that I am. Loved reading your thoughts on this.

  10. Love the premise of this post. Sometimes too for those that are not full-time travellers, it is hard to get away but you still want to experience new things so exploring your own city is a good way to satisfy the urge.

  11. Visiting own city is always such an experience! I love exploring it with friends that come visit me from other cities or other countries and see it through their eyes

  12. I love this idea of being a tourist in your own city! I always try to discover new things about where I live, and it’s sometimes places to see, or new restaurants to try. But, as you said, parks are an old favorite to keep going back to. I am also quite lucky, because I take daily walks with my dog, so we get to enjoy the place we live in every day πŸ˜€

  13. This is something we do in August, which is the month we do not travel much to avoid tons of tourists everywhere, we pack backpacks and off we go, we discover lots of hidden gems to be honest. My kids love these mini adventures (even if they really miss the sea!).

  14. Great Post!
    Many travellers forget about their own backyard and how much they truly can advise people about. I have not visited Durban, but with these suggested I think I’d be all set! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I totally agree with you traveling in your own city/ or area is so important. We travel so far to see exotic places but often miss our own home.

  16. I love this idea to be a tourist in your own city! And so important too! I have a friend who was raised in NYC, directly on the upper east side of Manhattan. He was in his 20s before he ever saw the Statue of Liberty with his own eyes. People go all around the world to experience someone else’s locale.. so why not become an expert in your own place? Everywhere has something beautiful and amazing to share.

  17. I love the name of this blog post: Be a Tourist in your City. I think a lot of people forget about where they live and that exploring the city would live in could be a fun adventure.

  18. Being a tourist in your own city is fantastic. It’s always amazing to realise what a wonderful place you live and there is so much to see and do in your own backyard without spending a lot of money.

  19. Thank you for sharing your perspective–there’s no reason why traveling should only be focused on exotic and far flung places! It’s great to explore your own “backyard” and share that experience with others who have never been

  20. Durban is such a great place, I love the vibe and the atmosphere. And food wise, there are so many great places and restaurants to explore. I try to visit Durban at least once a year, walk along the beach front and definitely have a Bunny Chow.

  21. Great idea. From some time I have been thinking and wondering that I have not written any blog on my own city so far.i think time to explore my own city now

  22. Such a great idea! I think we always forget to explore our own city. I have moved to Montreal, Hanoi and Auckland before and once you are actually there you just forget to explore it, you feel like you will have all the time but before you know it you will have moved to the next place!

  23. Love this! I am always in favor of exploring your own city, including neighborhoods and places you don’t know well or destinations you’ve been meaning to get to for a long time and have not. Great article!

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