- Be a Tourist at Home. See the sites that make where you live a place like no other. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce website and do a quick search on tourist attractions in your area.
- Try Geocaching. This outdoor hobby uses Earth’s longitude and latitude to find small treasures (called caches) hiding around the world in plain sight. The official Geocaching website is here.
- Find the Money Trail. The global project, Where’s George, uses the individual markers on your dollars to show each bill’s movement through the monetary system.
- Share or Read a Secret. At the community art project website PostSecret., the world is invited to anonymously share secrets or read those submitted.
- Cook A New Food or Meal. Try crafting a meal from a different decade or attempt an entirely new cooking venture. There are many websites and message boards filled with free recipes and tips as well as a community of amateur cooks to connect with. Good starting resources include All Recipes, Martha Stewart, and the Food Network’s Recipe section.
- Find Your New Favorite Band. From blogs to Myspace pages, the internet is a great place to learn about new music. Two fun websites are Pandora and Last FM. Both sites ask you to enter in the name of a band you already like and then automatically find music in a similar style or genre.
- Learn about local history and nature. Find community groups that have gathered information on local topics from historical houses to the birds that live in your area. Try searching for park websites and those of historical preservation communities.
- Meet New People in Your Area. Consider attending a local Meetup group. (These public meetings often bring people together for numerous shared interests – from art shows to language practice – within a community at no charge.
- Find Interesting How-To Videos. Free video sharing sites, such as YouTube are home to a variety of user-made online video tutorials covering a vast array of topics from creating hairstyles to learning to dance.
- Attend an Event or Volunteer to Get to Know an Organization. Use a search engine to see what non-profits, volunteer opportunities, and organizations might be a good fit for you.
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