Have you ever walked through your city and saw a group of tourists admiring something that you never even noticed? To you, it was just a building/statue/bridge you saw so often you did not even register properly anymore, but to them, it was something worth travelling to see in person. Maybe you sometimes recommended to someone what to visit in your city, but did you ever look at it through the eyes of a tourist? You might discover something new and interesting!
Travelling is great, no doubt about it, but it can make us forget about things that are right in front of our noses. Seeing all the new and different places can make the one you live in seem dull and plain. But it is most definitely not.
As you keep seeing the same things over and over again, your brain will start to pay less attention to them, both because they lose the new-and-interesting factor, and so that it does not overwhelm you with too much information. However, that does not mean that those things are automatically actually not interesting. If you decide to explore them as you would something for the first time, you will find that they hide much more than you would expect.
Tourist-ing in your own city also has some very practical good sides. First, it requires no travelling, so you can do it on any day you are free, and it is way cheaper, as you can choose not to have to pay for almost anything if you do not feel like it (you can make sandwiches at your home and bring them, walk around, and you do not have to go to a hotel when you get tired and want to go to sleep – your home is right there).
So, how to start? Well, a good thing is that you are probably already equipped with knowledge of what the most interesting places for tourists in your city are. You can start by visiting them as if you are there for the first time. Take pictures, learn something new, and maybe even buy a souvenir. Alternatively, you could cheat a bit, and make it a nostalgia trip.
You could make a list of all of your favourite places in your city, all the places that you have the best memories of, and visit them. But again, try to look at them like you have never seen them before. Admire them for something you never even noticed, and give those memories a new spin.
Or you could wander around the city and go in any direction that seems interesting. This is a good way to discover some hidden places, maybe not very well known, that you were not even aware existed.
What will you need, though? Well, it depends mostly on you. You definitely need your wallet and phone, of course, but other than that, it all comes to what kind of tourist experience do you have.
Maybe you want to simply explore a bit, so, as mentioned before, you make sandwiches at home, take a bottle of water, and at the end of the day, you come back home to sleep. Or maybe you want to get in the character completely, so you book a room in a hotel, eat exclusive local food, and go where a tourist brochure tells you to. In any case, the point is to have fun, re-discover the place you live in, and get some new experiences. All the technical details matter less.