17th Oct 2018
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How to be a tourist in your hometown
Be a tourist in your hometown

Do you ever look at your friends’ travel photos on social media with envy? Are you desperate for a holiday but your bank balance has other ideas? There is a solution – become a tourist in your hometown. You may be pleasantly surprised on what is on offer right under your nose.

If people come to your hometown for a holiday, ask yourself why they come. Is it famous for anything – an unusual piece of architecture, a popular sporting event or cultural event?  Perhaps someone famous was born in your hometown?

The best place to start researching your holiday at home is through your local tourism office. Manned by locals who are passionate about the region, they will be able to supply maps and suggestions on places of interest and historic sites to see.

Book a night or two at a local hotel, resort or Airbnb. Splashing out on a pamper weekend close to home is far cheaper than having to pay for airfares or petrol to another destination.

Research tours in your area. There may be foodie walking tours, or bike tours of the places of interest in your area, or perhaps there may be local producers of cheese or wine who offer tastings. Spend an afternoon sampling what your local food artisans have to offer.

Try eating out at a restaurant you have never tried before. Most of us have favourite eateries that we frequent for Friday night dinners, special occasions and catch-ups with friends. If you are hesitant to try new cuisine, now is the time to explore something different.

Think about what you do when you are researching your holidays. Do you have particular things you like to do when you are away from home? You needn’t go far from home to find similar experiences in your own backyard.

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    MICK
    17th Oct 2018
    10:51am
    You can travel dirt cheap overseas as well. Just plan and avoid tours which rip you off.
    Cowboy Jim
    17th Oct 2018
    12:06pm
    Right you are Mick - even had 2 weeks in Moorea which is regarded as costly. Rented a small cottage with old fashioned plumbing right on the beach and within a short walk to the pub. Did not cost any more than a stay where I currently live. Of course the airfare was extra - Air New Zealand made us a good offer. As Mick says - plan ahead.
    johnp
    17th Oct 2018
    12:21pm
    gday Cowboy, can you tell us where that was in Moorea, cost etc and any contact info ??
    Old Geezer
    17th Oct 2018
    12:25pm
    We often just get cheap flights to NZ or use our points. Hire car and stay at youth hostels. Cheap as chips.
    johnp
    17th Oct 2018
    12:47pm
    cottage on the beach with short walk to the pub sounded good to me !!
    MICK
    17th Oct 2018
    1:51pm
    You wouldn't stay in a youth hostel to save your life OG. Trying it on.
    Old Geezer
    17th Oct 2018
    2:12pm
    Mick which youth hostel in NZ would you like to know more about as I thin I have stayed in most of them" Prefer the YHA ones as they are a cut above the rest. Loved the one in Wellington. The one Christchurch shook me up a bit at 3am with one of their earthquakes.
    Cowboy Jim
    17th Oct 2018
    5:21pm
    @johnp - had a look and the place seems to have disappeared or changed name, was rather run down at the time 2 years ago. Had a look at the latest 'lonely planet' copy and there are more of those available. Got one out of that publication first time but every time we go there we have to stay somewhere else, not too far from the original place we stayed before. The place is full of abandoned places not having made it.
    Tahiti currency is linked to the Euro and therefore tourism has suffered of late, we still got 65 Euro cents for our dollar 2 years ago, today we get 59c and we are leaving for a 2 week trip to Tahiti end of this month but this time on a cruise from Papeete visiting 10 different islands incl. Mo'orea.
    Would suggest you get a newer copy of the 'lonely planet' from the library. Got the recent one here and cottages are available for about CFP10'000 per day upward.
    Fiji would be a better bet at the moment, English language and a dollar that is friendly with ours.
    Manuia (cheers)
    Sundays
    17th Oct 2018
    7:47pm
    Mick, thanks for the tip about Citibank and no fees. Used the card on recent overseas holiday, and no problem. When our kids were small and money tight we always found cheap things to do in the local area. It’s a great idea
    johnp
    18th Oct 2018
    11:17am
    thanks for the info Cowboy. Would I be right in saying that CFP10'000 per day equates to about $135AU ??
    Cowboy Jim
    18th Oct 2018
    5:44pm
    You are right johnp - should you go take Euro or $US or do as I do: always go to the currency exchange and get CFP direct. It is the same money they use in Noumea and there is never a shortage of notes. A lot of shops are not equipped to handle credit cards as the banks are mostly in Papeete (capital). Banks want all kinds of forms for changing money unless you know a few dealers in the alleys, where we change money ($US preferred). Normally give you 100CFP for one dollar.
    i'orana and a happy holiday, have a Hinano beer for me (a little bar upstairs at the Papeete market) about $US5 or CPF500.
    Cowboy Jim
    18th Oct 2018
    6:50pm
    For johnp - found it again

    check Vai Moana Bungalows Moorea

    we still had thatched roofs but they were being replaced at the time, now they seem
    all in order. Have a browse
    Sen.Cit.90
    17th Oct 2018
    10:55am
    Hi Andrea, I've not had a holiday for ages, I will give your suggestion some thought.
    I live alone in a tourist area on the Sunshine Coast Qld.
    For many reasons I rarely go anywhere except shopping and medical appointments :-)
    Paddington
    17th Oct 2018
    11:02am
    Imagine you are showing a visitor your area. We live in a great area too. When we have guests stay with us we vary the outings to beach or winery etc. Drive to somewhere you have not been before and go for a walk. Another idea is to plan a drive and stay overnight at a new place you have not been before.
    I think it is a great idea to spend our holiday dollars in Australia anyway!
    Look at the boost Dubbo is getting at the moment. It means so much to an area doing it tough because of the drought.
    MICK
    17th Oct 2018
    1:54pm
    I understand Sen.Cit.89.
    Nothing like a break from the normal routine though and can be done as cheap as chips if you go outside of School Holidays and in shoulder season, which is the best time of year to go.
    Paddington
    17th Oct 2018
    2:32pm
    Mick, one person’s cheap as chips is out of reach for another. Say, $100 a day is your budget which could cover accommodation, petrol, food, etc. may be too much for someone and their budget is more like $20 a day.
    Petrol is set to get even dearer. Solo travellers have to think safety too.
    We holiday in winter because the view is the big drawcard for us. Therefore, so long as we can watch the waves and hope to see whales or dolphins we are happy.
    I would need to see someone’s budget to work out a good holiday for them.
    How much do people save per week towards an annual holiday or several holidays?
    Jim
    17th Oct 2018
    6:37pm
    Paddington, obviously I don’t know your circumstances, but if you are in receipt of the pension you should also have access to 4 free rail passes, my wife and I have used ours to travel up to Byron Bay, country link had an offer for 7 nights accommodation and 5 days coach travel around the area, breakfast and your evening meal was included, the last time we went was 2 years ago and the cost was less than $400 each, there are heaps of different options, if you can manage to save $20 a week you could do a couple of trips a year.
    Sundays
    17th Oct 2018
    7:50pm
    Sen cit. Have you tried activities offered by U3A, senior sessions at the movies including cheap tickets and free coffe/tea, cake, join a men’s shed or craft group?
    Old Geezer
    17th Oct 2018
    12:15pm
    Where I live you simply don't venture out at Christmas time or in school holidays as everything is packed to the rafters. Weekends are just as bad. Too wet today so it's indoors for me.
    Jim
    17th Oct 2018
    6:26pm
    There are plenty of cheap destinations overseas, but we do often forget things on our own doorstop, I live in the Illawarra area, we have 5 wineries within 1 hours drive, we have the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, if you are interested in nature and rain forests we have 5 of them very close to us, we have some of the best beaches in Australia, there is a good club scene, a good entertainment venue at win stadium, also we have some good smaller theatres in the area if that is your thing. Apart from our area there are some really good cheap coach trips, some of the ones we have been on are the Great Ocean Road, Mungo National park, we have also used our rail passes to travel to Byron Bay, there are lots of great places to visit around Australia that don’t cost a fortune, my wife and I love to travel and love visiting other countries mostly in Europe for the history, but Australian travel can be just as rewarding.


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