Don’t be a tourist, be a traveller



Don't be a tourist, be a travellerI saw this ‘Don’t be a tourist, be a traveller’ sign in a shop window on my recent visit to Thessaloniki, Greece.

And it got me thinking.  Is there really a difference between tourists and travellers?  I suppose we’ve all been tourists at times and we’ve all been travellers.  And some of us seek out travelling and some of us seek out sticking to the tourist hotspots (which we do as travellers too). Most of us  share the desire to visit and explore amazing locations, and however we do this is our choice, there is no right or wrong.

For me, to be a traveller is:

  • To arrive at a new destination and just……breathe
  • To know a little about the history and culture of where I’m visiting
  • To ask myself ‘how does this place make me feel?’
  • To take time to watch the locals as they go about their daily lives – what are they wearing, how do they move, how do they look?
  • To pick and choose where I want to go and which tourist spots ‘say’ something to me
  • To wander down a side street or two and see what’s round the corner
  • To take time to watch the locals as they go about their daily lives
  • To seek out the shops that have been there for years
  • To try some local dishes
  • To hop on a local bus.
  • To sit in a park and watch the world go by
  • To leave with memories of, and feelings for, a place

An authentic traveller

Having said in my previous post that I’m taking a sabbatical from my web content writing work, I now find that I’ve been asked to write travel articles for a long-term client.

He used the word ‘authentic’ travel articles.  And it made me smile.   I said in my last post that I’m on a journey to find my authentic writing voice.  And now I find that I might be able to combine both – authentic writing with authentic experiences.

And perhaps that’s what being a traveller is all about.  That it’s an authentic experience more than an organised experience.

What does being a traveller mean to you?


Brexit is Dead

I will re-post this daily, & as Arron Banks says, "public opinion is like concrete, once it sets you can't shift it".

Please feel free to share the same message & see how much concrete we can produce :).

#RejectBrexit #StopBrexit #BrexitisDead

Brexit means less sovereignty.

▪️A weak pound will allow foreign investors to pick off UK assets.

▪️WTO tariffs will make UK exports uncompetitive.

▪️Foreign corporations able to sue the UK Government.

▪️UK passport will have less power due to diminished freedom of movement.

Everyone needs constantly reminding that after 9 years of a Tory Government:

Child poverty + 50%
Food-bank use + 1,000%
Homelessness + 170%
NHS waiting list + 70%
Police numbers - 20%
Crime + 30%
Local gov funding - 50%
Public sector pay - 15%

Never forget how cruel they are.

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