6 Jul 2014
I made a pact with myself.
Continue to see the world from The Traveller’s Perspective, even in my homeland of Melbourne.
It’s easy enough to be a tourist when you are a tourist, but how on Earth do you maintain that same mindset when you’re in the city you grew up in?
The key to The Traveller’s Perspective is to see familiar things with fresh eyes and research your city like a sightseer. Do this and the present moment will be an enriching experience and never again will you use the dreaded B word. B-O-R-E-D. Ugh.
Without further ado, here are three ways you can wash those eyes of familiarity and savour your city like a fine wine (or man).
Numero Uno: Switch your brain to tourist-mode
Stop thinking about next week’s to-do list and get your brain into the “holy crap, I’m in a new city, everything is new and cool and omg look at that wow it must be autumn the leaves are red why are all those people staring at the church/screen/sign/tree/hot chip shop” mindset. In short, exist in the present moment. Perspective doesn’t cost a cent.
Numero Due: Make friends with Google
If you landed in, say, Chicago and had NFI about what was going on, would you:
- Visit www.timeout.com?
- Post a status on Facebook asking if your friends know what’s going on/have friends in Chicago?
- Visit www.wikitravel.org?
- Google “things to do in Chicago”?
- All of the above
There’s no doubt that if you live in Melbourne, New York, Adelaide or that small town in the south of Texas that no one remembers the name of, there is something happening. It’s your job to use all five senses to find out what it is.
Numero Tre: It all starts with hello
Ain’t nothing better than randomly connecting with a stranger. Humans are an abundant source of information and a simple “hello” can lead to the most incredible of conversations. And as it often turns out, that stranger was just a friend you hadn’t met yet! Strike up a conversation with your local barista/tram driver/boss’s cousin/random you see on the train every morning – you never know where they might be going tonight. Make “yes” your default answer and you might even make a bff. #awesome
And, well, if all of the above fails, chuck on a daypack, strap a camera around your neck and awkwardly carry a big-ass map at eye level while wandering around your city with your best “NFI” face on.
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing”
-French Impressionist Artist Camille Pissarro