How to be a tourist in your backyard?
LET’S CHANNEL YOUR INNER TOURIST
Why would I want to have a holiday at home? Home is familiar, comfortable and you even know the TV channels. And stop telling me it is beautiful and gorgeous. I am over those posters of mountains and rivers.
Life sucks when you’ve lost the buzz of casually dropping into a conversation a planned trip exploring Sicily. It has boasting power as it’s exotic, different and challenging. Your adventure was defined by the difference. New Zealanders left the country to have a good time. It was a badge of sophistication, of worldliness that you had travelled. We get the tourism brand concept of marketing our country as a world-class destination, a place that is pure New Zealand. However locals are not sure if this is believable. We’ve been part of the debate between modern agricultural practices and the marketed product of pure New Zealand. The idea of a holiday at home seems strange and not very interesting at all.
Our backyard is our backdoors. It is definitely not a challenge to catch the interislander ferry. Now it’s our sole choice as a holiday destination. Our everyday place has become our holiday destination. Now here’s the fun part, getting ourselves into the tourist mode as we open our backdoor to explore the neighbourhood.
Here’s ten ideas to build your tourist vibe for our backyard.
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