Looking like a tourist is often laughed at, but if we’re honest with ourselves sometimes it’s nice to embrace our inner tourist. Whether that’s abroad or in our home country.
I never thought about being a tourist in my own country, let alone my own town / county, I always thought that you had to be abroad to be classed as a tourist because that’s where all the interesting, fun and different stuff is. Hands up if you’re guilty of this too.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
We’re so busy with our lives that we think that a holiday has to be abroad or far away from where we live and work that we don’t take the time to just stop and look around. I don’t just mean taking a look up and down your local high street, I mean having a look at what’s surrounding where you live, and this is exactly what inspired this post. My partner and I decided that we should explore the surrounding area of where we live so we went on a little adventure a couple of weekends ago, however it was cut short due to extremely heavy rain – thanks England – however on the journey we discovered the area where these pictures were taken. You know the saying: it’s about the journey, not the destination, well it couldn’t be more true in this case! If we didn’t attempt the day trip we would have never spotted this area to take some pictures for this post, and wouldn’t have discovered a public footpath leading into the woods next to the most beautiful farm land.
Being a tourist and exploring new places really pays off in unexpected ways.
So, how do you spot a tourist in action? Aka, here’s your tourist kit list:
A tourist usually has camera (or two) in hand or over the shoulder, holding a map – paper or using the map app on their phone, looking in every direction trying to determine if they’re lost or heading in the right direction.
I’m sure we’ve all been there with most, if not all of these!
Also, don’t forget that we tourists also need to have the right footwear for all the walking around and site seeing, which is why today’s post is in collaboration with Footway. They have an amazing selection of footwear perfect for every occasion and travellers needs.
Taking selfies or having your photo taken with your family or friends next to an iconic monument or city scape might be ‘touristy’, but it helps to create and keep memories. You can look back at that photo and remember the trip, or that your best friend tripped over her own foot directly after that photo was taken. Besides, who wouldn’t take a selfie if the Eiffel Tower was in the background?
This is not to say that you should have your camera at the ready every minute of the day, otherwise your memory of the trip and experiences would be looking through the camera lens. Instead why don’t you embrace the explorer in you and explore the town / city. There’s nothing like walking around somewhere new and seeing all the wonderful things it has to offer and chatting to some locals to get their recommends of things to see and do.
With this in mind, have you ever thought about you being the local and a tourist asking you for recommendations? It can get pretty embarrassing when you can’t think of anything to recommend aside from where to get the best coffee or where does the best brunch.
For me, I love to take the ‘typical’ touristy pictures, but I also like to take pictures of food, restaurants, cafes, or anything that I want to remember as part of the experience of being wherever I am. It helps me remember what I loved, and when I’m planning to go back to somewhere I’ve been to before I will usually refer back to the photos to remind myself of things like where I had the best food – mainly pancakes, because let’s be real I do love a good pancake or five! #noshame. But I’m always open to the option of not going to any of the places I’ve been to before if I discover a local hot spot, an interesting looking cafe and so forth.
Discovering things and places is all part of being a tourist, no matter where you are – and it goes without saying that all of these can be for when you’re abroad or in your own country. So why don’t you start to embrace your inner tourist and explore what’s around you.
Jacket – Zara
Sweater – Fan Club Clothing*
Jeans – ASOS
Shoes – Timberlands**
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This post is a sponsored collaboration with Footway, but all opinions are my own.