Learning to be a tourist in my own city during a pandemic.

When can I start traveling again? I had never imagined a time when traveling would become a distant dream. For me, traveling to new destinations keeps me enthusiastic, adventurous and alive to new ideas. But what to do now? I agree that my problem is trivial, given the serious livelihood repercussions of this pandemic. But I want to preserve my spark of wanderlust because it’s an important part of who I am.

Also, I have a 2 y.o to entertain on weekends, so my child enjoys these new experiences. And it’s better than being forced to give her screen-time because I am tired of entertaining her at home.

I live in Semarang, so I admit that there are quite a lot of touristy options over here. I have had to be a bit creative in coming up with my hometown bucket list of ‘mini adventures’. There are lots of benefits to travelling local – including helping small businesses keep afloat. When I need an escape, I don’t have to go far. I am blessed to live in a big city where there is so much to see. And I have barely scratched the surface of visiting every attraction, even after 30 years of living here.

Recently, I discovered a mini theme park in a neighbourhood that I hadn’t seen before: RIVER WALK BOJA. I also found that there was a swimming pool. My daughter was absolutely thrilled when she saw swimming pool. Water sprinklers, waterfalls, mini water slides to play on all promise an hour or two of pure fun for your little ones! It’ll be a nice break from all the walking too!

And that brings us to the end of another day at a mini theme park! I don’t know about you, but I had a blast! Walking around hand-in-hand with family, learning new things, watching cute animals, swimming…I can’t think of anything more fun for kids!

The reason we travel is to explore new places and immerse ourselves in new experiences. Now that we can’t travel, this is a good time to pay attention to the unique gems that lay hidden closer to home. If the pandemic has taught me one thing, it is that nothing is to be taken for granted. Maybe this is the time to become aware of the ordinary things around us that are perhaps not so ordinary.

I hope this story has give you some inspiration for ways to be a tourist in your own city/neighbourhood. Do you have any other tips to add? If so, please share them in the comments below.


  1. Thank you, for this useful blog

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