People tend to get bored of where they live. They believe that after living in a certain place for a long time, they know everything about that place, and this makes them closed off to new experiences.
However, this is the completely wrong frame of mind! If you remain open to new experiences, there's no limit to the adventures you can have -- even in the place you've lived in for years.
Never stop exploring and enjoying the place you live. If it seems old or repetitive after a while, that’s when it’s time to change up your routine!
Here are five easy ways to get more out of your amazing home:
1. Try A New Place To Eat Once Each Week
Many people get so comfortable with the places that they already know are good to go out to that they fall into a routine of only going those places.
But to get more out of your home, reach out a little bit more.
You can go easy on this one, or as in-depth as you want. To stay simple, find a new place to grab a bite each week.
Search on Yelp or other online blogs to find recommendations, and get out there and try them out!
To be more adventurous, you can choose a few categories and find new places in each category each week -- like a new coffee shop, a new breakfast place, a new smoothie place, a new sushi restaurant or a new bar.
The sky’s the limit on what you can discover!
2. Take A New Way Home Once A Week
Commutes can get boring, long and deathly. Why not take a new way home one time each week and enjoy the scenery?
Getting home doesn’t have to mean wanting to ram your head into the wall or to get there as fast as humanly possible.
Try a new way home, and really take in what makes this new way different.
Notice the different scenery and new streets or buildings on this route, and be more active in experiencing your trip home instead of basically zoning out the entire way -- like many people do!
3. Be A Tourist
You probably steer as clear as possible from places in your hometown that would be popular with tourists.
No matter where you live, I bet that you don’t often go anywhere near landmarks, city centers, famous hotels, or anywhere that tourists would be anymore.
But, I encourage you to remember why your home is great and do something touristy just one time.
Be a tourist in your city just for a day. No matter how many times you've done it before, visit that pier, or that famous statue, or that mall, or that street where all the tourists go, and remember why people visit your city in the first place.
4. Notice Something You Have Never Noticed
Next time you’re walking or driving around your home town, I challenge you to find something that you have never noticed before.
I can guarantee that after just a little bit of searching and looking at things through different eyes, you’ll find something that you never even noticed was there, but that has probably been there for a while.
It’s an interesting and slightly humbling feeling to experience first-hand that there is always something new to find, even in a place you think you totally know.
5. Have A New Adventure Outdoors
Get outside and find an outdoor activity that you've never done before.
Have an adventure.
Find a new walking trail, a new viewpoint, a new bike route or a new sport that you haven’t really taken to before.
Many people end up in a a routine of doing the same activity over and over again, and finding a new one can be a great change of pace.
Pick up a basketball and shoot some hoops at that court you always pass by, or find a new trail to walk in your area. This can also be extended to your whole state, county or area.
A lot of people feel that they need to go far away to travel, but how many times have you researched the cool things there are to do within few hours of your home?
Make a day trip and go somewhere close by -- maybe a national park, a new beach, a mountain or a market. It’s easier than you may think!
The key to getting more out of where you live is seeking out new experiences in an old place.
There is always something new to find in the old; it's just that, sometimes, you just have to look a little bit harder.
I know that you can find great things, no matter what kind of place you live in!