Hi, I'm Alyse! | The Invisible Tourist

"For eleven years I’ve been embracing Invisible Tourism."

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Being an Invisible Tourist is about making a conscious effort to “blend in” when travelling. The aim is to minimise any negative impacts tourism has on locals, their communities, their culture and natural environment. So… how’s your invisibility cloak?

I’ve created this blog to be the #1 source of information to help you NOT look like a tourist on your next trip. There are loads of benefits for you, and locals! It’s possible on a mid-range budget and without backpacks, hostels or five-star hotels. I’ll show you how!

Everything you’ll find on my blog has been designed to help you be a more mindful, invisible tourist when travelling. From my travel itineraries and unpopular truths to encouraging authentic local experiences, it’s all here to help you travel without contributing to overtourism issues. 

Find out more!

Featured Destination: JAPAN

With the Rugby World Cup fast approaching and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to visit (and “be invisible” when you’re there)!

Explore my detailed day-by-day itineraries, language guides, step-by step Japan trip planner and more, especially suited for first-time visitors.

Where do you want to go?

Browse where you can be an Invisible Tourist by region below:

What is an Invisible Tourist?

In a world where overtourism is beginning to cause major issues for locals at popular destinations, Invisible Tourists ask the following questions and seek solutions:

“How can we continue to travel yet minimise the disruption to locals?”

“How can we help preserve the identities & culture of places we visit?”

“What can we do to give back to locals whilst we’re travelling?”

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Finland’s capital city flies under the radar for many tourists visiting Europe. There’s quite a few cultural differences compared to Western Europe you may not have thought of!

So what can you do to “be invisible?” How can you avoid looking like a tourist in Helsinki, avoid contributing to overtourism and make the most of your visit?

Learn where to go to escape crowds, discover more about local culture through experiences and more tips for your visit!

Where I've Been Invisible

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Itineraries & Travel Guides

Before I visit any destination, I tend to research it to death to so I know what to expect. With this knowledge I know I’ll be travelling in the most efficient way once I’m there. Now I’m sharing my itineraries so you can, too!

I love chasing history, art and culture during my travels to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the places I visit. After all, what’s the point in rushing around and not enjoying a destination to its full potential?

If you love spending a little extra time in a destination to get to know it better, my itineraries are for you! Each covers:

• The best things to see and do
• How to get around
• Costs for budgeting

• What to Eat
• Where to stay
• And much more!

"As tourists we should be supporting locals, not making their lives more difficult"

~ Alyse

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Unpopular Truths

For many, travel is about finding the absolutely cheapest flight or accommodation. Unfortunately, travelling in a sustainable way is the not always the cheapest option.

In my Unpopular Truths series, we explore things tourists are doing (knowingly or otherwise) that are harming the cities and locals of the places we visit.

What can we do to minimise the damage?

More ways to be an Invisible Tourist

Whether you’re overseas as a tourist or living abroad as an expat, there’s always ways to be an Invisible Tourist

(you can even be a tourist in your own home – yes, seriously!) Find out my tips, tricks and more below:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Invisible Tourists don’t just visit a destination to capture the same Instagram shot as everyone else. There’s so much more to travel than the satisfaction of checking off a list!

My UNESCO series explores the thrill travelling to an exciting new place to gain a better understanding of its people, history, culture and their natural environment through significant attractions.

Do you love visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites? Discover more about the most interesting destinations around the world here!

Create a Travel Blog

Been wondering whether you should start your own blog? I’ve spilled the beans on what to expect, plus provided exclusive tips and tricks from a graphic designer!

Travel Resources

My go-to favourite resources for travelling with a mid-range budget. Includes what I use to travel efficiently when abroad and tips for finding flights, accommodation, travel products and more.

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