It’s OKAY to be a Tourist

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My post today is all about being a tourist. I don’t know why but a lot of us see that word with negative connotations. We often picture dorky people with giant maps taking up the entire sidewalk, covered head to toe in I LOVE (insert popular city here) clothing and butchering the local language. Well, I am here to make you see the term tourist in not only a positive light, but as something we would aspire to be!

Tourist: noun // A person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure.

I’m not sure about you, but being a tourist sounds pretty damn nice to me. It means you are in a new place; you are out of your comfort zone and taking a daring adventure for the first time. There have been countless occasions, whilst on vacation, that I didn’t take a picture or feel comfortable filming just because I didn’t want to look like a tourist. There are so many amazing photos that would have been worth the awkward glance from a stranger and I’ll let you in on a little secret, no one cares. Everyone is so caught up in their own lives that they realistically didn’t notice the girl flexing in front of the colosseum (okay, I’ll admit that was pretty lame of me) but at least I can look back and laugh about it now!

There is so much to see in this big, beautiful world of ours. I love going off the beaten path and discovering parts of a city that most people never knew existed, but there truly is a reason the “touristy stuff” is so incredible. If you think about it, these are landmarks that drive people from all over the world to spend their time and money just so they can marvel at it’s beauty. Not everyone is blessed with the luxury of being a tourist; it takes bravery, motivation, and a lot of planning to go somewhere new. So the next time you feel like a tourist, smile and hold your head high, because it probably means you are in a place most people could only dream of visiting.

Happy traveling (and below you can find my most tourist-y pictures…enjoy)!

xx,

Little Brantley Abroad

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16 thoughts on “It’s OKAY to be a Tourist

  1. omobtomtom says:

    I remember in Rome I made a lot of effort to hide my map so people wouldn’t know I was a tourist. Lol. So silly.

    But really it was more about being safe and not inviting people to take advantage of me as I was alone.

    Eventually when I began to feel really really lost, the map came out. Haha

    But you are right, no one really cares. Most of the people in the touristy places are tourists themselves anyway 🙂

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  2. rebbit7 says:

    Thank you for sharing. As an avid traveler, I am used to being the tourist, the foreigner wherever I go. Yes, I am aware that the word “tourist” gets a bad rep, but it’s strange that words like “traveler” and “backpacker” aren’t seen as negatively. Good post to point that out.

    …and you just got yourself a new follower!

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  3. Red Baron says:

    The touristy spots and why people visit them yes I understand what you mean, a bit like if you look derisorily at a cliché because it’s a cliché and refuse to use it. It’s become that by being applicable to situations more often than not, there is a reason it continues to propagate and get used and is therefore understood by people, so use it and people will know what you mean, language is communication after all!

    You have visited a lot of places and you will be the richer for it but that will enrich those around you. It is easy for those who have travelled extensively to tell others who have, there is a breadth of experience and cultural knowledge, this generally brings awareness and tolerance and hell the world needs a lot more of that.

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