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by Katie E (subscribe)
A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published April 7th 2014
Travel the world without packing a suitcase
Do you love travelling around the world to see tourist sights to tick off your bucket list? Perhaps you're the type of traveller who avoids tourists and would rather be immersed in the culture of the locals. Or are you a gourmet traveller who seeks to soak up the finest flavours and aromas that the world has to offer? Whatever your reason, time and money for travel is not always easy to find. That's why an international tour of your town could be the temporary fix for jetsetters who have been bitten by the travel bug.

With a bit of planning and creative thinking it's not difficult to come up with an itinerary. Start by doing a bit of research online, via community notice boards and by word of mouth. Look out for special events and cultural festivals to add to the list of possibilities. Add to the fun by embracing traditional dress. If you have kids get them involved by marking the countries they will 'visit' on a map of the world.

Here's a list of ideas to get you started.

1. Book into a dance class to learn a different cultural style. Have you tried Highland Dancing or Bollywood Dance?

Bollywood Dance
By Flexfxproductions (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

2. Pick a restaurant or café that is renowned for its authentic international cooking style. You may even be able to find one that offers cooking classes. Or if you have a friend who is an amazing international cook perhaps invite then over to teach you some of their secrets.

3. Visit a zoo to see animals from around the world.

Panada Adelaide Zoo

4. Learn a foreign language. In some cities there are foreign language schools and foreign language conversational groups that meet regularly.

5. Book into an art class based on culturally diverse techniques. This could be anything from batik printing to pacific island weaving.

6. Visit a botanical garden and look for introduced species. Some botanical gardens have themed areas such as Japanese Gardens or cactus gardens.

7. Play a sport that originated from another country. Perhaps there is a club or local group near you.

Bocce Court
By liz west (Bocce Court) CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

8. Visit a famous international landmark replica near you. For example, in my town there is a café which has an Eiffel Tower on its roof.

Eiffel Tower
By Benh LIEU SONG (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

9. Try a mode of transport that is culturally different. Maybe you could try a gondola cruise, rickshaw or camel ride somewhere in your town.

10. Watch a foreign film. This could be a rented film or keep your eyes open for a local foreign film festival.

How many things could you fit into an itinerary for one day or one weekend?

While not all of these suggestions will be practical, particularly if you live in a small town, with a bit of imagination who knows where your local area could take you. Keep adding to the suggestions list by leaving your comments below.
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Why? Experience the international culture your local area has to offer.
Where: Around your town - restaurants, workshops, places of interest
Your Comment
Such a great idea for an article - well done :)
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|984) 2555 days ago
Well done for coming 3rd.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2555 days ago
Not sure bout Brisbane but in Sydney we have a few suburbs that a predominantly from somewhere eg. Korean food: strathfield; middle eastern- Lakemba, greenacre, Bankstown or even at George area, Newtown has some great Chinese restaurants, yum cha in the city etc. I also like the historical local tours you can do and once a year I know that Lakemba mosque and Auburn (also great if you want Turkish Food) mosque has an open day sometime in Sept and the Ottoman architecture is amazing outside these open days visitors are normally allowed with cameras to take tours as well as I'm sure other traditional religious cites do. Sydney has a lot on offer too with convict time on display at Hyde park barracks, harbour tours etc. like most towns we have food tours as well but I like to just make mine up. Greek food and sweets I'm kingsgrove, Italian next month, suhi train (you can prob tell things revolve around food for me) surry hills has a few great middle Eastern restaurants and newtown Thai. For great Indian why not do what everyone else seems to be doin- head west!
by Zeina (score: 0|7) 2560 days ago
Where is the café with the Eiffel Tower on top? That would be fun to visit.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4196) 2555 days ago
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