A Travel State of Mind in Richmond, VA

I’m a big fan of the travel state of mind. Let me explain. Travel doesn’t have to involve adventures to far away places, uncharted seas, or otherwordly lands. Of course, it’s wonderful when it does include these things, but for many, this isn’t a regular realistic possibility all of the time.

The travel state of mind means viewing your current residence from the perspective that a traveler would, with child-like enthusiasm, excitement, and enchantment. It means exploring the new parts of the city or town with excitement, or even viewing the old ones from a new fresh perspective. It means checking out new businesses, coffee shops, and quirks that you’ve never really explored. It can be as simple as going to a different coffee shop than you usually go to or changing up your typical Sunday brunch spot.

Asha and I live in Richmond, VA which is a small city/large town in Virginia and also the capital of Virginia. It’s known for its historical roots, community feel, and hipster vibes. Richmond has a large percentage of water, and housed right along the James, so there’s a multitude of waterfront spots. Due to the small size, it’s a city that still has a small town feel. There’s many local businesses, start-ups, and community festivals that take place any season of the year.

I’ve taken an oath to continue exploring Richmond like I’m a traveler, by exploring new businesses, festivals, restaurants, waterfront spots, and gay attractions. Here are a few of my favorites so far:

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Carytown is Richmond’s quintessential shopping and eatery strip

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RVA Street Art is all over the place, a huge piece of its hipster vibe

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Canal Walk is housed in the downtown Shokoe Slip part of RVA, which is another nightlife spot


Church Hill Overlook is housed within the quirky Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond


Belle Isle is probably what Richmond is most known for. Can you blame them?


Libby Hill Park features a beautiful city and river view, from way up above it all


Now tell us: Where does your travel state of mind take you in your own city or town?


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