Since we're not sure when international travelling will be safe again and with many of us forced to stay local for the foreseeable future, exploring your own backyard is a responsible way to keep your travel spirits high.
Furthermore, being a tourist in your own hometown helps small local businesses that rely on international visitors to stay afloat. We have compiled a list of 5 ways to be a tourist in your hometown (in our case, Singapore).
#1 - Book a Staycation at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is located within the grounds of the acclaimed Laguna National Golf & Country Club. Being able to look out to the surrounding lush greenery of the golf course from your room/suite and enjoy the three swimming pools at this luxury urban resort will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to one of the world’s best island resorts.
Booking a staycation with us allows you to use our facilities which include all-day dining at Greenhouse, dining at The Nest restaurant, Legends Bar, Dusit Gourmet and Tee Deck, as well as, access to the Club Lounge, DFiT, our swimming pools and tennis courts, Laguna Putting powered by Nicklaus Design, Laguna Practice powered by Toptracer and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa. You’ll be so entertained and occupied that you wouldn’t want to step out of our resort.
#2 - Show Friends From Abroad Around
If you enjoy hosting your friends and relatives from abroad, why not take them around Singapore and see your hometown through their eyes?
It'll be interesting to visit touristic attractions, dine at restaurants that have been labelled as 'too touristy' and experience things that you usually would not be bothered to do.
#3 - Taste New Dishes
Being a culturally, racially and religiously diverse country, we're quite sure that you haven't tasted all the foods that are available here. Make a list of unique dishes that you've yet to try in Singapore or eateries/restaurants that aren't your usual hangouts and have fun checking the dishes and eateries/restaurants off your list.
#4 - Bring Your Camera For a Walk
We can’t do without a camera whenever we travel, but we neglect it the moment we return home from our holiday. It’s common to have the ‘Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side’ mindset and locals, like us, might find our hometown boring.
Here’s an idea - Try bringing your camera around Singapore for a day and set a theme (depending on your interests) to photograph. You might be surprised with what you’ll have snapped. You can also go around taking cheesy photos of yourself in front of tourist spots.
#5 - Get Up for Sunrises or Chase Sunsets
Whenever we’re overseas, we make it a point to wake up early for sunrises or travel long distances just to watch that ‘perfect’ sunset. Why not make an effort to get up early for sunrises and go around chasing sunsets in your own hometown? You might be amazed by the views. Perhaps, the views could compare to those that you’ve seen overseas.
Apart from learning about your city's history and heritage, you'll end up having fun, feeling refreshed and get a completely different perspective about your hometown. It's a good reminder that you don't have to travel far to find beautiful things. Sometimes, they are right where you are.