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.

KZN South Coast / South Africa

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.

Roadtrips

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.

Durban-Promenade

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 !

Ciao

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51 thoughts on “Be a Tourist in your City

  • May 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    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.

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  • May 18, 2016 at 12:55 am
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    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!

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    • May 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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      Thank you for your comment. It is a great way to teach children to appreciate the world around them.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm
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    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!

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    • August 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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      I returned to South Africa after living abroad for almost a decaded and I find that I am a tourist again seeing my city through new eyes thanks for the visit.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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    Sometimes we disregard our own city because we’re so used to it, but there’s still great places to discover!

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    • August 16, 2016 at 4:36 pm
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      Exactly lots to see and do if we just look a lil bit harder.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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    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 🙂

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    • August 17, 2016 at 7:55 am
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      Thank you for visiting my blog. I think we need to encourage locals to visit and explore the city they live in.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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    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!

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  • August 17, 2016 at 11:38 am
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    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.

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    • August 17, 2016 at 11:59 am
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      Fantastic glad I inspired you to be a local tourist ! Look forward to reading about your adventures x

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    • August 17, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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      Exactly be a local tourist before venturing international 🙂 Thank you

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  • August 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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    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 😀
    P.S. Durban beach seems awesome

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    • August 18, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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      wow 2 years where are you heading to? Durban is awesome come visit someday.

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  • August 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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    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!

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    • August 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm
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      wow a ghost walk always wanted to do that in London but am a scary cat lol.

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  • August 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm
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    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.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm
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      Thank you ! sometimes we just need a different persepective.

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  • August 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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    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.

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  • August 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    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

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    • August 21, 2016 at 8:57 am
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      A fantastic way indeed and as Travel Bloggers we always have friends visiting 🙂

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  • August 21, 2016 at 2:10 am
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    I love being a tourist in my own city. There are so many places that I usually wouldn’t see if it wasn’t for me playing tourist!

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    • August 21, 2016 at 8:56 am
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      I love sharing my adventures and it is great in promoting your city as well.

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  • August 21, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    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 😀

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    • August 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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      walking about your city is a fantastic way to discover any city. It is amazing how a city changes when we start seeing it through the eyes of a tourist.

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  • August 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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    I also love being a tourist in my hometown of NYC! Durban looks very beautiful in your photos. I’ve had bunny chow in Cape Town but I would like to try it in Durban.

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    • August 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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      NYC ! wow 🙂 Durban is pretty awesome. Good weather all year round. A bunny chow in Durban is a must eat.

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  • August 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    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!).

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    • August 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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      Mini adventures are awesome. Avoiding tourists and high prices during peak time make it the best time to be a tourist in your own city.

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  • August 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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    This is interesting. In fact I like your concept of being a tourist in your own city. Never given it much of a thought but it has deeper implied meanings. 🙂

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  • August 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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    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!

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  • August 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm
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    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.

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  • August 22, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    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.

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  • August 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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    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.

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  • August 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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    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.

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  • September 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    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

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  • September 16, 2017 at 6:24 am
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    I love a good staycation. Durban sounds like a great place to visit with some great food I might add. Thanks for all the suggestions in your city

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  • September 16, 2017 at 8:46 am
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    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.

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  • September 16, 2017 at 9:24 am
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    This is such a cool post! There is always so much to see and do in your own country 🙂 Sometimes it is easy to forget!

    Lucy x

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  • September 16, 2017 at 9:54 am
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    totally agree with this! there is always a lot to do in your home, and sometimes just exploring your own city can feel like a mini vacation 🙂

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  • September 16, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Always fun to explore your own city!

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  • September 16, 2017 at 11:10 am
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    Totally agree with you. We go to far off places but don’t visit our city. Interesting article.

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  • September 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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    Definitely agree with this! I live in New York City and haven’t nearly explored all of it. I wish to visit Durban one day! Lovely post x

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  • September 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    What a great idea – not everyone can afford the luxury of an air fare, but it goes to show you can still have a great adventure at home! Love this post!

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