We hope you’ll put down your map, your museum brochures, your GPS and your camera, take off your fanny pack, slip out of your walkin’ shoes and take a few minutes to have a conversation about what you did last weekend.
You know, being a Tourist at Home.
Because I’ve been there. Probably literally.
When I had moved to my 10th new city, I believed I had mastered the art of being a tourist in my own backyard. As a newcomer in Cleveland, Washington DC, the Ohio heartland, Chicago, Philadelphia, northern New Jersey, Lexington, Kentucky, South Florida and San Francisco, I packed my kids into the mini-van and visited every museum, zoo, monument, scenic view and ________ (fill in the blank with your favorite tourist attraction, because it’s probably mine, too).
Who needs Welcome Wagon when you have a stack of brochures from the public library and a tank of gas?
While I was awe-struck with the uniqueness that my new communities offered, I was also hit by the discovery that many of my new neighbors – some who lived in town for years and years and years – had never been to the tourist attractions that were drawing out-of-towners.
What’s wrong with those people?
So I decided to do what every unemployed freelance writer who’s had her second cup of coffee on a Monday morning full of possibilities is inclined to do:
Write a book.
Part how-to, part friendly advice, and part humor, my yet-untitled book (but looking for suggestions, you creative types!) will help you be the best darn Tourist at Home in town.
🚘 How to Put Together a Tourist at Home Vacation Package
🚘 When Guests Come to Visit: Know Your Town to Show Your Town
🚘 Tourist-at-Home Parenting: The Importance of Kids Knowing Their Home Base
🚘 Planning the Most Amazing Spring Break Without Leaving Home
🚘 How to Score Local Lodging and Tourism Discounts
🚘 How Your Small Business Can Snag the Tourist-at-Home Market
Interested? I’m writing as fast as I can and hope to publish in Fall 2018. Meanwhile, I’ll be running some promotions, offering some surveys, and picking your brains as much as I can. Being a Tourist at Home is all about connecting: With your community and the people in it.
I hope you’ll join the conversation about your Tourist at Home experiences, wherever you live! Here’s how:
- Diane’s email address is email@example.com.
- Chatter away on her Facebook page or her Twitter account.
- Learn more about Diane’s other books here:
- And check out her blog on the adventures of moving and relocation at It’s Your Move!