No matter if you’re traveling full time like us, or are a homebody who loves it right where you are, it can sometimes be challenging to figure out what to do. So we wanted to share fun things and activities that can be done by anyone. No matter where you live or are temporarily located you should be able to have fun wherever you go. Most of these activities or experiences should be doable in most cities or towns around the world.
Since our journey as digital nomads began we’ve been fortunate enough to see some amazing cities. We’ve done lots of fun activities wherever we’ve been. Most of the things we do are quite simple, fun, and can be done literally anywhere. Hopefully, our list can inspire you and give you some new ideas of things to do around your home.
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9 fun activities near me
Jo and I come from very different cities with very different attractions and things to do. Since we’ve met we’ve been lucky enough to share both our home towns with each other. This has been great since that’s made us realize how much both our home towns have to offer. That’s something we may have never realized if it wasn’t for each other.
Sometimes it’s hard finding new things to do, or anything to do for that matter, when you’ve lived somewhere “forever”. I was the same way before showing Jo my city but that really opened my eyes to it.
So that’s why we’ve created this list: To help people like you and me get out there and explore our own backyards. Once your eyes are open to all the fun things you can do around home you’ll never be bored again 😉
I’m grateful for where I’m from and you should be too. Now it’s time for you to go out and explore!
Hopefully, our list will inspire you and maybe even give you ideas of other fun things to do near your home wherever you are. Jo and I both come from very different cities and we both love exploring the fun local things we have to do in each home town.
I myself come from a small service city in the middle of the Alberta prairies, where Jo comes from a thriving University City in Denmark in Northern Europe. At the end of the day, they’re complete opposites but we still find many fun things to do together. It’s fun to show each other the unique things around where we come from.
Let’s get to it!
#1 Use AllTrails
AllTrails is a platform and app that finds walks and hikes to do in your area. Obviously, not everyone lives in the mountains but that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any beautiful hiking trails nearby.
So we love using apps like AllTrails to help find a new pretty walk nearby. When we were in Southern Utah, for example, AllTrails helped us find the Ramparts Trail Hike which turned out to be one of our favorite hikes – and we had no idea it existed beforehand.
I’ve used it in my own city before and found fun little trails I had never been on which is great because then I don’t feel the need to go to the mountains every weekend. Instead, I can stay local and see some of the beauty my city has to offer.
Remember to practice Leave No Trace and if you hike in one of the US National Parks, don’t forget to buy and bring your America the Beautiful Pass.
#2 Visit a local micro brewery
There’s something fun about visiting a local micro brewery. Maybe the fact that the staff always seems to be friendly or the simplicity of just sipping on a nice cold locally brewed beer with a few good friends.
Since each micro brewery is so different and unique it’s fun to explore different ones. And your local one(s) will most likely have a big connection to your home town and surroundings. You’ll usually end up finding friendly and happy people sipping on a cold beer, chatting and playing a game around a table.
And if you go by yourself it’s often a great way to meet some new people and see what’s going on around town. We love checking out local micro breweries wherever we go and see what’s happening in the area.
Actually, in my (Dom’s) home town, Red Deer, Alberta, we have a micro brewery called the Troubled Monk and every time I go, I have an awesome experience. It’s fun supporting local companies and seeing the positive impact they can have on a community.
When we lived in Prague we checked out PočernickÝ Brewery which was a super fun experience. It was a little local brewery one of my English students recommended. Don’t worry I was teaching adults! 😉
It was actually one of our first blog posts we ever made. Looking back at the post and we’re still quite impressed with it. So you can read about it here: The Best Beer Bar in Prague – PočernickÝ Brewery.
#3 Visit a local market
Local markets are an awesome way to see what’s happening in your city and to be surrounded by locals. Farmers markets especially – just strolling around and checking out locally grown produce and homemade products is so much fun.
We also love supporting small business owners, entrepreneurs, and farmers around the world. From local fruit and vegetables to handmade jewelry and eco-friendly products you’ll almost always be able to find a great variety of things at markets.
No matter where we are, we always love going to local markets. Most cities we’ve traveled to seem to have their own great markets, and recently we’ve come to realize that both our home towns have great weekday and weekend markets! Even if you’re not planning on spending a lot of money, it’s still nice to buy a little something to support the local community.
#4 Use Groupon
Firstly, Groupon is amazing because you can receive some really cheap deals on there but it will also give you ideas of some fun things to do in your city. Most western cities are on Groupon and will have a variety of different things to do (and food to eat). We found activities like snowshoeing, evening art class, laser tag, even sea kayaking in Dubrovnik, and many other fun things to do.
It’s great because on the app you can set your distance and what type of activity you’re interested in doing. That way you can narrow it down and find some interesting things you may like. Who knows, you may end up going “axe throwing” later this week! (yeah, this actually showed up in Alberta) 😉
#5 Ride a bicycle
Just like you can use AllTrails for finding new paths and hikes, you can also use it for bike trails – bringing you to places you’ve never been to before. There’s nothing better than getting outside and breathing in some nice fresh air and riding a bike can be really fun. We especially love mountain biking (we went on a really fun mountain biking tour in Oregon).
If you’re commuting to work, you probably end up driving on the same road every day, see the same billboards, same shops. Gets old quick right? And it gets a little uninspiring. But if you hop on a bike and take some different paths or streets then you may just stumble on places you had no idea even existed.
Jo and I love doing this when we visit new cities! You end up finding some of the coolest shops and neat places you would have never known existed. Just this week we walked along this random road for no apparent reason and found the cutest cafe.
#6 Join a group
If you’re feeling bored or not sure what to do with your free time, then join a community group. It’s one of the best and easiest ways to find like-minded individuals in your community that share the same interests as you.
Obviously, depending on the size of your city it may be a bit challenging but if you have multiple interests this should be no biggie. Nowadays you can search on Facebook, in newspapers (if you still read those), and local websites to find what you’re looking for.
It’s a lot more fun doing something with like-minded people who enjoy the same thing as you. Soon you’ll be busy enjoying life with good people <3
#7 Go buy from a local shop
Being raised by parents who owned a local small business I know what it means when people support small business owners. That money is so well spent compared to spending it at big corporations. People who supported my parents’ shop helped pay for my school trips, let me play soccer, and go on holidays in the summer to visit my family in the Czech Republic.
Usually, it’s those small businesses that keep the charm alive in a city no matter if it’s an ice cream or pizza shop, a little art gallery, or a spa.
You’ll find those small business people are some of the most passionate and caring people out there. And you’ll end up meeting fantastic people and learning a thing or two about the people in your community! A great way to get more involved and support the locals.
#8 Read a book while sipping coffee
If there’s one place that will give you a breath of fresh air it’s a coffee shop. There’s something special about finding and exploring new coffee shops. They have a special air to them (it’s probably the smell of coffee, lol) where your imagination can roam free and where ideas can come to life.
Whenever we need some inspiration or just need to get some work done we go to our favourite coffee shop to ignite the flame. I’m not sure if it’s the coffee, the atmosphere, or just being an a different environment but coffee shops do wonders.
Next time you want to meet up with an old friend or just want to try something new go for a stroll and try and find a new coffee place. Who knows, it may even turn into your next hangout spot or somewhere you just go to find a boost. Literally and metaphorically haha! =)
And if you go by yourself, why not bring your favorite book or that one book you’ve been wanting to read for a while? We know we have a ton on our “to-read list”. Below you can find just a few of the many many books we want to read!
Self help & entrepreneurial books
This book has been on our list for SO long. It’s an awards nominee and Goodreach choice but this book is so much more. Everyone we’ve talked to who has read this book says it is a game-changer. They finished it in a few days and they constantly go back to it.
You have likely heard about this book before! It became extremely popular a few years ago and has since sold over 6 million copies. It is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and that is probably enough said!
This book is one for the ladies! Any female (and male if you willl) entrepreneur should read this book. It is THE self help book for the people who are passionate about changing their lives for the better. It is refreshing and entertaining, and we love it!
Novels & fiction books
What would a book bucket list be without a J.K. Rowling book? Honestly! If you haven’t read this book before you’re in for a serious treat. The reviews speak for themselves!
This book may or may not make you cry. Matt Haig covers the difficult subject of suicide in a sensitive way. We can highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be better at appreciating the little things in life.
People We Meet on Vacation is a quick, easy, and fun read in a “When Harry Met Sally” kind of way. A good read if you’re looking for something lighthearted.
#9 Visit a historic building
There’s historic buildings all around the world. Some are of course older than others but all very important in some way. History shaped the world into what it is today and there’s no better way then going straight to the source.
If it’s a castle, museum, manor, or any other historic building then this is one of the best places to learn about the history of a specific location. It may not all be interesting but if you’re willingly wanting to learn about the past of where you are it can be very interesting.
We hope we inspired you to explore your city a little more and to do things to do around where you live. As you may know, Jo and I travel quite a bit, but we still love showing each other the cities we grew up in.
No matter where you live you’ll find fun and exciting things to do. Sometimes you may just have to look a bit harder or think a little more outside the box. Everywhere in the world is beautiful and now it’s up to you to go find that beauty in your own backyard.
We look forward to hearing about all the new beautiful places you find close to home.