“My favourite thing to do is go somewhere I’ve never been”.
And, if I’m not doing this you’ll find me helping others achieve it because that’s the next best thing!
Hi, I’m Alyse 😀
With travel becoming accessible to more and more people, there’s also been a rise in the number of blogs dedicated to it. I noticed there are loads of blogs about backpacking on a budget on one end of the spectrum and luxury travel on the other.
There was a large grey area, something was missing: Mid Range Travel for organised people…
- Where were the dedicated sites for travellers who had a mid range budget and preferred to stay in 3* – 4* hotels that reflected this?
- Wanted to take their time at each destination while getting the most personalised experience?
- Wished to be prepared and efficient, both before and during their trip?
- Hoped to be almost invisible amongst locals by speaking with and learning from them?
Why The Invisible Tourist?
This grey area is why I’ve set up The Invisible Tourist. I’ve gone into more detail about why I chose this name for my blog here. I’m here to help if you’d like to learn more about invisible tourism and:
- Dream of travelling more with your mid range budget and stay in 3* or 4* hotels but are unsure of where and how to start
- Would like to save money by booking flights and accommodation without the help of a travel agent, avoiding fees and leaving more cash for the good stuff (you can discover how to do that here)
- Have determination to ensure you get the most personalised experience on your trip by being be your own tour guide, efficiently seeing the sights and doing amazing activities at your own pace
- Prefer staying in 3* – 4* hotels with creature comforts but don’t want to feel completely disconnected from the experience of local life.
Is all this possible?
Absolutely! In time, I plan to fill this blog with lots of tips and tricks, inspiring travel snippets and share my personal experiences which I hope in turn will encourage you get the most out of your next adventure. With my different perspective on travelling I’d like to think I’ve discovered the most effective ways to tailor an itinerary where each and every part of the trip is my favourite part.
Armed with a little research and the right tools at your disposal, becoming your own travel agent is easier than you think!
Get to know me
Staying in a hotel and travelling with a suitcase rather than a backpack doesn’t have to mean you’re disconnected from having an authentic, personalised travel experience.
Where I’ve Been 🌏
I’ve visited 230+ cities, 31 countries and 4 continents! Click here to see where I’ve been in detail.
My Travel Philosophy: Quality over Quantity
To really get the most out of a destination, I believe quality over quantity is key. Learning the local language and being my own tour guide whilst exploring at my own pace allows me to gain a deeper understanding of a destination and its culture that can’t be covered in a fleeting visit.
I thrive on discovering what makes a city and its people tick, admire architecture from centuries long gone and will always strive to achieve an authentic local experience where possible.
Staying in a hotel and travelling with a suitcase rather than a backpack doesn’t have to mean you’re disconnected from these things (which many people seem to think). I like to give back to locals in other ways by shopping where they do, taking public transport to support local jobs and booking activities through them rather than the large tour companies where the money doesn’t trickle back down to the local community.
One of the most helpful tools for travelling is learning enough of the local language – it’s crucial in getting you what you want and where you need to go.
My Travel Style: Mid Range Travel
You could best describe me as a Mid Range traveller as I tend to steer away from low-budget style accommodation like hostels. I’ll also book direct flights to my destinations 99% of the time despite any extra cost, rather than opting for multiple cheaper flights that take longer. My mission on every trip I undertake is to slow down at my destination, take it all in and truly enjoy the experience whilst getting the most bang-for-buck. I constantly encourage my friends to do so too!
However, when recommending travel options to others I won’t always rule out an organised tour group in certain circumstances – when time is very limited and there is too much to see (a beginner’s trip to Europe with dozens of bucket list items to cover or cruising the Greek Islands, for instance).
In saying that, I have travelled as part of a tour group twice – On my first trip to Europe in 2008, which was a huge learning curve and turning point in the development of my travel style and again in 2013 on a cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey, purely for logistical convenience (we knew what to expect and it was easy to have a floating hotel whilst we island hopped!)
Quirky facts about me
- I’m a language hoarder. I know little bits and pieces of a few different languages. None of which I am fluent in, though! I speak elementary level French (albeit rusty) and I’ve learnt the basics of Japanese, Spanish, Italian, can read some basic Greek and I’ve recently started learning Russian. Give me a foreign alphabet and I’m determined to master it, even if that’s all I end up mastering 😉 I believe one of the most helpful tools for travelling is learning enough of the local language – it’s crucial in getting you what you want and where you need to go. More info how I easily do this here!
- Love collecting little souvenirs from each of the places I travel to. These are mostly mementos I turn into Christmas decorations so I can relive my travel memories every year.
- You won’t catch me staying in a backpacker’s dorm or travelling without my suitcase. Let’s face it, it’s always nice to travel with a few extra luxuries from home that help you feel like yourself (GHD, I’m looking at you) not to mention the extra space needed for shopping!
- I’m a self-confessed chocolate addict. If it’s there, why resist?
That pretty much sums me up!
When I’m not travelling, I’m dreaming about it. When I’m not dreaming about it, I’m talking about it. You could say I’m a little bit obsessed with finding out more about this wonderful world we live in. I have tonnes of research and material for places I am yet to visit because I am determined to get there someday!
Finally, you won’t see a picture of me because, well, I like to remain invisible 😉 If you’re a mid range traveller and would like to be an Invisible Tourist too, feel free to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for your regular travel fixes and personalised travel advice. Thanks for visiting and I truly hope my blog helps to inspire you convert your travel dreams into reality!
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