Around the World in One Weekend

Relaxing in a hammock

With the first official day of summer around the corner, I’ve been looking forward to carefree days, social gatherings, and plenty of sunshine. This warm weather is ideal for those who can book a plane ticket or drive elsewhere, but I’ve come to the realization that you don’t necessarily have to travel far to have a great time. This summer, consider having an Everyday Ambassador-style, cultural “staycation”, or a home-vacation, in your neighborhood or the surrounding communities. Here’s how.

Learn about the local culture.

At Everyday Ambassador, we often encourage people to push their boundaries, to explore new ways of doing things, and to see the world around them. While much of this focus has been on efforts while vacationing, studying, working, or volunteering abroad, we admit that it’s also important to know your own roots before exploring those of others.

  • Grab a camera and a friend to play tourist in your hometown.
  • Visit museums, galleries, bookstores, historical sites, “tourist traps”, and nature sites to get a sense of where you come from.
  • To know the local culture, attend town meetings, go to open mic nights, hang out at the local diner or cafe, or join a club. By immersing yourself in the local culture, you may also be able to get a sense of what’s shaped your values or your outlook of the world.

Have a cultural night in.

Everyday Ambassadors, here’s your chance to go around the world in one weekend! Pick a theme for your evening that’s based on a cultural heritage. From there, you can:

  • Make foods from the country’s culture.
  • Rent a foreign film in a different language and watch with subtitles (or no subtitles if you dare).
  • Learn a new dance, like merengue, rumba, etc.
  • Learn a song in another language and impress your friends by memorizing the lyrics.
  • Play a game from another culture, like Chinese mahjong.

Get crafty.

Traveled before and don’t know what to do with all your mementos?

  • Consider making a scrapbook or album for pictures.
  • Flip through these photos and make a journal about your favorite and worst experiences during that trip.
  • Make a collage of postcards for all the places you’ve been, and frame the result.
  • Decorate a map or a globe of all the places you’ve been or want to go.

Now it’s your turn: do you have other ideas for your ideal, cultural “staycation”? If so, leave a comment below, and we may feature your comment in an upcoming post!

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“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador brand strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

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