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The tourist test: how to tell if you’re a stranger in your own town

<p>A kind of belonging barometer, the tourist test was developed as ‘a bit of a wake-up call’ to teach people more about their surroundings</p><p>I took a test. A fun test. Its overarching question: are you a tourist in your own home?<em> </em>Absolutely not, I thought. Almost three decades in Sydney makes me a local. But when I tried to answer the questions, I was shocked – I couldn’t pass.</p><p>Because it’s not about “where to eat, play, and stay”. The tourist test is a kind of belonging barometer that explores how much we understand and participate in our home environment.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/18/companion-gardening-edibles-are-all-the-rage-but-theyre-not-the-only-useful-plants">Companion gardening: edibles are all the rage, but they're not the only useful plants</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/25/tree-change-manuals-five-books-to-make-you-a-better-gardener-cook-and-recycler">Tree change manuals: five books to make you a better gardener, cook and recycler</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/02/the-tourist-test-how-to-tell-if-youre-a-stranger-in-your-own-town">Continue reading...</a>

A kind of belonging barometer, the tourist test was developed as ‘a bit of a wake-up call’ to teach people more about their surroundings

I took a test. A fun test. Its overarching question: are you a tourist in your own home? Absolutely not, I thought. Almost three decades in Sydney makes me a local. But when I tried to answer the questions, I was shocked – I couldn’t pass.

Because it’s not about “where to eat, play, and stay”. The tourist test is a kind of belonging barometer that explores how much we understand and participate in our home environment.

Related: Companion gardening: edibles are all the rage, but they’re not the only useful plants

Related: Tree change manuals: five books to make you a better gardener, cook and recycler

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