There is a world outside your university campus and bars. Really, I promise.
It’s so easy to get stuck in “the university bubble”, but lets face it. The regular cycle of clubs, bars and classes gets old really fast. Maybe its time to explore the city you live in?
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing just that, braving the heat and stepping out into the metropolitan wilderness that is Toronto. And boy was I surprised. Who knew Toronto was so alive, even during the day time?
I’ve come to the realization that if I’m planning on spending an extended amount of time in any one city, why not try to get to know it as thoroughly as possible?
Here’s a list to help plan your own urban adventure in any season!
1. Check out music, arts and culture festivals that are taking place in the city you live in.
If you live in a typical college town, try a neighboring city’s events – public transit is your best friend! Although these usually happen in the summer time, the sporadic winter festivals are usually an excellent excuse to get out and play in the snow.
Seriously. In my opinion, probably one of the most underused cultural hubs by students. Most offer discounted prices for students, and some are actually free! Museums are a really neat way to gain exposure to the things you might be studying, or to just develop a holistic and informed approach to the world.
I currently have a list of top restaurants I want to visit stored on my phone that I’m constantly updating. Do a bit of research, and get to know what restaurants your city is famous for! Although these might be a bit pricey, try the lunch prix fixe or keep your eye out for events with discounted menus (like Toronto’s Winterlicious and Summerlicious)!
4. Most cities have deep historical connections, with important sites scattered all across the city.
It can be really cool to take a little time out to sit and wonder about all the people who sat in the same spot as you, and how far your city has come since then. Plus, you might even learn something in the process!
5. Spend some time in nature, in and around your city.
If you live in a city on a lake, in a forest, in the mountains – get out there and explore! Being in nature clears your mind and leaves you feeling refreshed. Best part is, its free!
Are you a newb at hiking? Check out this video to master the essentials of hiking!
What’s neat about the city you live in?
Tell us which city you’re in and something special about it in the comments!
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