Most of us love seeing more of the world, more of our countries, and even more of our own towns. But “tourism” isn’t generally a sustainable activity: most of us lack the time, money, and inclination to just drive and walk around until we find something new. Besides, tourism often takes us to the pretty parts of a place, which aren’t always the most interesting.
Tourism isn’t even the best way to see new things. On the contrary, I’ve found that one of the best ways to see new places is to have something to *do* in new places.
I’ve gotten to know my own hometown of Charleston through doing things that happen to take me to new parts of the city: a marathon that took me up the peninsula, a volunteer opportunity that helped me explore local housing projects, even funerals that took me to the city’s oldest cemeteries. In these cases, I got to explore just as a byproduct of having an active life. Without really trying to do so, I gained a finer appreciation for my city and exposure to areas I may never have seen otherwise.
If you want to see more in your life, do more in your life.