2015: The Year of the Staycation
[Excerpt from How To Travel Without Going Anywhere, a Findery for Huffington Post Travel blog post.]
I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. But I did make goals. Such as: spend one Saturday afternoon every month as a tourist in my new hometown (San Francisco). Through several books on personal finance – something else I’m working on this year – I’ve learned that you can’t make changes without a clearly defined goal. For instance, if you say that you want to enjoy the weekends more, but don’t define what that looks like, you’re not likely to do it. “I want to spend 3 hours every Saturday afternoon exploring my city” – now that’s a good goal. So without buying a plane ticket or packing my car, I made guidelines on how to travel without going anywhere.
In a nutshell:
1. Make the time to explore.
2. Determine where to go.
3. Bring the gear of an urban explorer.
4. Pick a different form of transportation.
5. Talk to people.
6. Turn off the inner noise.
7. Look around.
I wrote a more detailed version of the guidelines for Huffington Post Travel: How To Travel Without Going Anywhere. Trust me, it really works! You can see it in my Findery notemap, Discovering San Francisco.