5 Ways to Start Exploring Your Own Backyard

With our lives revolving around social media and living vicariously through our favorite bloggers, it’s easy to find yourself wanting to be anywhere but where you are— but you don’t have to live somewhere  exceptional to go out and explore your own country or town!

Community events

There are usually so many events going on in cities (small or large)—all you have to do is tap into what’s happening in your area. The best part is that most of them are usually free. From art shows, yoga in the park and craft fairs. Discover local businesses you never knew existed and eat and drink at cute cafes. Maybe you’ll even get a new brunch spot out of it?!

Saturday Nights is when everything is happening

Go to your nearest restaurant, dinner, pub, club, brewery. You and a friend can make a whole day or weekend out of it and find a lot of goodies to snack on in between, of course.

Local Volunteering

Volunteering might not sound very attractive to start but it can help you get a feel for what’s going on in your own neighborhood or the city at large. Having a cause that you care about, especially on a local level, can make you feel more connected to where you live and contribute back into your community. Don’t forget you can make a lot of new friends this way!

Attend a networking event

Don’t just get to know restaurants and bars, get to know people! This can be especially useful if you’re a twenty-something who’s new in town and looking to meet not only some friends, but other professionals in your industry. Don’t forget some business cards so you can connect again later!

Where’s your Local Farmers’ Market?

Sometimes after you live in a city for a while, you get comfortable in your routine. Every Saturday it’s shopping at your favorite boutique, then Sunday you’re off to brunch at the same spot as always. If you find yourself in a slump, tell a friend you desperately need some new places to check out and take down a list of their best recommendations.

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