On the Isle of Harris, May 2018

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.

Anything else? 

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.

And finally:

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!


  1. Love the mug collection, quite an original theme too ! I started collecting ceramic sake bottles while working/travelling in Japan which went quite well though haven’t added to them in a while – trying hard not to collect to many things nowadays !

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  2. Hi Upeksha,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Diary of a Tourist has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 30 Maldives Travel Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 30 Maldives Travel Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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    1. Hi Anuj, thank you so much for this. It’s so amazing to be shortlisted on your Top 30 Maldives Travle blog list. I would be very happy to display the badge.


  3. Hi Upeksha,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play. We have reviewed your blog and are interested in working with you to convert some of your blog posts into mobile apps so they can be monetized on iTunes App Store and Google Play. There is no cost to you – we work with blogger on a revenue share basis.

    If you wish to learn more about this opportunity, please reply to my email so I will send you additional information.

    Best regards,
    Saul Tarasoff


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