Bitten by a Travel Bug? Be a tourist in your own city!

What is Travel Bug or Wanderlust?

Meaning of Travel Bug/ Wanderlust

Wanderlust or Travel Bug has become one of the most popular word on the blogging platforms and social media like Facebook and Instagram! Just run a search….you’ll know!

Is this wanderlust fueled by social media because we are increasingly exposed to the pictures and posts of travelers?

Is Travel bug a form of escapism? Many people have quit their jobs to travel and blog.

Is it because we are all tired of things around us and we are looking for some change?

Many people say they want to travel because they want to experience the world.

Foreign tourists enjoying the beautiful sunrise at Jal Mahal, Jaipur

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin

Foreign Tourists at one of the palaces in Rajasthan

Bitten by a strong Travel Bug or Wanderlust?

Sometimes we want to travel but commitments and responsibilities tie us down. So what do we do?

Exploring backyard

For a change, try to become a traveler in your own city or places nearby! It’s called backyard traveling. You’ll be amazed to discover the places that you never knew existed even though you have been passing through the street, everyday! In spite of living in Jaipur for years, I never ventured inside the iconic  Hawa Mahal, till recently!

being a tourist in your own city
Exploring my own city! Backyard traveling….

Just change your perspective. Become a tourist. That’s what I do too sometimes, by donning a look of a tourist and exploring my city. It’s fun when the street vendors approach me to sell a Rajasthani puppet or ethnic printed shirts….trying to strike a conversation in English, thinking I’m a foreign tourist. Imagine the look on his face when I respond in Hindi or local dialect!

Offbeat tourist attraction in Amer- Panna Meena Kund, Jaipur

I have chronicled one of such incidents in this post – Dholak Seller in Sirehdyodi Bazar Jaipur

If you don’t have tourist or historic places in your city, there’s something else you can try. Hit the street and interact with the people like the street vendors or less privileged people. You’ll gain insights into the lives of people and life, in general. There’s so much life around us which has escaped our attention. We are so engrossed in our routines that we miss most of the things around us.

Street scene from Jaipur- A Flower seller

When we travel our mindset is different, we are free from the daily grind and therefore, we notice so many new things. This makes travel interesting. Try to explore things around you, don a different garb and get ready to be surprised without leaving your city! Become a backyard traveler!

doodh mandi jaipur milk seller
From the street of Jaipur -Milk Seller in Doodh Mandi

I’m sure exploring your own city or surroundings, will enrich your life.

What do you think?

Exploring the offbeat locations and views

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

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90 thoughts on “Bitten by a Travel Bug? Be a tourist in your own city!

  1. It’s defo very special to have Jaipur as your home town though!! But in truth my most memorable weekends are those where I hand local in London as there’s always so many discoveries to make close to home.


  2. Sometimes it is not even about a tourist atractions. It is great to go off the track and take the side alley. You ll probably experience real city and people, not just highlights but true life. Experiences like we had in Africa may happen all over the world, so everyone who wants to explore should be cautious, but in the other hand it shouldn’t stop you. Just trust your feelings and ur gonna be ok.

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  3. Nice article. I would love to visit Jaipur. I’m sure there are many people who dream about visiting NYC, and it is right on my doorstep. Traveling your backyard is one the best ways to afford travel. Sometimes it is fun to do “touristy” things, and sometimes it is fun to find off the radar places in your own area.

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  4. Interesting. But I think a lot of us also just want to physically move, an ancient transient instinct to migrate, to keep moving. Much as I would want to, can’t get myself to look deeper into my own city… I guess its years of conditioning

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    1. Very interesting point. I think we all like to escape from the daily grind as well. Migration? That’s true too. I can say for Jaipur because there’s lots to explore.same may not be true for every city. 😃


  5. I enjoyed reading your post. I more recently became a “tourist in my own city”. It was a lot of fun to do all of the crazy silly tourist things in my town. From brew cycles touring local breweries, Japanese style karaoke or even jet boats.

    While these things are fun, my travel bug has me saving up to explore the world in 22 months. Maybe we will end up in your backyard. 🙂

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  6. My son and I live in/near Branson, MO (live entertainment capital of the world, or so they say) and we always act as tourists in our own city! Except we know the back roads and shortcuts so it makes it way better! Great advice!

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