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)!
Little Brantley Abroad