I feel very privileged that I’ve lived half an hour from London my whole life and still remember trips into the capital as a kid with my parents, and as a teenager which mainly consisted of Camden Market. About a year ago I started to think about my relationship with the Capital and realized that the majority of what I did there was dinner and drinks with friends in the same old loved areas or running across the city to music venues to catch live shows.
Every time I go to a foreign city I explore as much as I can and usually do the walking/ bus tours, take river cruises and see every monument and attraction that I can cram into my weekend break. When it comes to my own city there are so many of the traditional tourist things which I haven’t done, for example, I’ve never seen the guard change at Buckingham Palace, I’ve never been into the Tower of London and I’ve never visited Shakespear’s Globe. If I had visited London as a tourist they’re likely to have been three things I had planned into my schedule.
Almost a year ago I set myself my first London bucket list challenge and I marked down some things I really wanted to do in the capital and every six month’s or so I review them marking off what I’ve done, and seeing what extra things I can add and it’s been working really well. It’s always nice to have an idea of things I want to do so if I happen to be heading into London I have a bit of an idea of activities and places to visit.
Not just with London but I think it’s so important to be a tourist in your own city sometimes as a lot of us are guilty of missing out on gems on our doorsteps, and travelling doesn’t always have to be about hopping on a plane and being somewhere foreign, there’s plenty of travelling you can within your own area. I’ve made it my mission to discover as much as I can of London and every city I visit in the UK and treat them the same way I would a city abroad.
Do you like being a tourist in your own city?