Do you live like a tourist? I’ve lived in Dubai for almost two years now, and still, live every day like I’m in a new city. This didn’t happen overnight, but I made a conscious effort some time ago to be excited by the world around me, eager to embrace new experiences and appreciate the wonder in the seemingly mundane. Don’t get me wrong, I still have cases of wanderlust. And while it’s difficult coming back after a dreamy vacation to reality’s hustle and bustle lifestyle, we can set an intention every day to experience our life anew, as tourists.
How to Live Life Like a Tourist?
Next time you leave your home remember a few key takeaways to rekindle the love for your city, to see the beauty in nature, bright colors, laughter, street art, and to embrace it ALL.
- Exude Gratitude – When I was in Rome, I exuded gratitude with every step. I was filled with visions of bliss and beauty, smiling ear to ear since, because, well, vacations are magnificent! However, just because we’re not traveling doesn’t mean that we can’t also gratefully stroll around our hometown. On your next trip to the office, market, friend’s house, wherever it may be, enjoy the breeze, feel the benefits of all your senses. Experience the variety around you. Really open your eyes and mind to the beauty in nature, the bright colors and funky street art, take it all in. Remember how lucky you are to be alive. There are so many people that would kill to be in your shoes.
- Be Present– Did you know the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day? That’s 48.6 thoughts per minute. Unfortunately, many of these thoughts are an anticipation of what’s next, causing us to lose this very moment. Become aware of your next thought to overcome the feeling of disempowerment. When you leave the present world, you miss out on your life. I use a guided meditation app called Calm that helps keep me focused on my breath. By exploring your environment, you capture the present moment and experience an entirely new level of fulfillment in your life.
- Experience Newness: While it may be convenient and easy to turn on Netflix, and curl up on the couch, add some flavor into your life by seeking adventure. Try a new restaurant, discovering a new cafe or go out to that new trendy bar. Bring newness into your life. I use websites such as Expat Woman, Ahlan, Time Out, and Insydo to discover fun places to try around the city. Have you checked out the newest art exhibit, broadway show, restaurant? We can get into a rut when we’ve been living somewhere for too long, making life feels a little bit of a bore. Also, I recommend striking up a conversation with someone new every day. Whether it’s in line grabbing a coffee or in your building elevator, talk to as many people as you can. Experience newness and variety. Life is too short to be anything but exciting.
I am sure you will find, just as I have, that living as a continuous tourist will leave you fulfilled and fresh. So this week, I challenge us all to use gratitude, presence, and variety and live as a tourist without ever having to leave your zip code.