Hello. Whether you are here on purpose or by accident, Welcome! This is is where I record my travel experiences. In case you are wondering about the Who, Why and What about this blog, here are some answers:
Who are you?
I’m Upeksha, a thirty-something engineering professional, born and raised in Sri Lanka. I moved to Birmingham, UK when I was 16 years old and have lived here ever since.
Why do you blog?
The idea to start this blog came 4 years ago, after we got burgled. We lost many valuables in that incident, but the most precious was my laptop, containing 10 years worth of photos. All of a sudden, all I had to show for 10 years worth of memories were photos I had uploaded to social media, and my handwritten journals from my travels. This got me thinking. Why not start a blog to keep a record of my travels, photos and notes both? So, the Diary of a Tourist was born.
What do you write about?
About places I visit. I like to write about the day as I experience it, warts and all. I love visiting new places, sight-seeing and taking lots of (not very good) photos. With a full-time job, my travel is limited to holiday and weekends, so I try to make the most of every opportunity. I travel as far and as wide as my budget allows, but I try to share some local knowledge about Sri Lanka and Birmingham as well (but I must admit, I don’t do it as often as I should!)
How is this different to every other travel blog?
It isn’t, probably. The main difference is that I write it as a diary, rather than centring my posts around different attractions. So, if you want to find out what is like to spend a day in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland, drive down the Icefields Parkway in Canada or how to spend a day in Xian, China you’re in the right place.
I love luxury hotels with great service and good food. I collect mugs. I love checking things off a list. I’m currently attempting to visit as many of the places from Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist and 501 Must Visit Natural Wonders.
If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or drop me a line at: contact.diaryofatourist(at)gmail.com. You can also subscribe to the blog, which means you’ll never miss a post. You can also keep in touch with me via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you for visiting, and happy reading!