World Tourism Day

Starting in 1980, the United Nations began hosting the International World Tourism Day! World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September every year.

Tourism is important as it creates social, economic, cultural and even political value.  This year, I would think that sustainability is also a high value on this, World Tourism Day.

For some people, the word tourism conjures images of obnoxious, tank top clad tourists, talking loudly and stomping over the meticulously planned gardens. Or corporate tourism giants counting their piles of money. These are the very few. Tourism is actually very important to communities globally.

In many countries, tourism is one of the main incomes into the community. Meaning, their ability to make a living depends upon your desire to go there. Can you imagine? What would your life look like, if you only got income when your friends spent the day with you? Challenging.

In my mind, on this day – especially this year – we should take some time to think about the impact our tourism decisions have on communities. What do we desire to accomplish? Is it a priority to make sure that our money goes into the communities that need it? Or is it our goal to go see those sights we’ve long since read about in the leafs? Whatever the goal is, we should recognise it, understand it and plan accordingly. If we want to see those places, we should go there. If we want to contribute to these areas, we should go there. If we want to jump into a tropical lake and swim under a waterfall, then we should pack our swimming suits & hiking boots and just go!

Some ideas for celebrating World Tourism Day:

Use it as an excuse to plan that long desired trip!

Been dreaming about that spontaneous romantic getaway, but haven’t quite gotten around to actually doing it? Today is the day. What more do you need?

See some local sights

Always going away for holiday? (Same here) Why not take some time and check out your local sights? You may be surprised at what is offered in your local community. Search engines will always tell you what’s happening.

Make this weekend a holiday at home:

Shut the phone and go for a walk. Or make a nice dinner and a special beverage by candlelight. Avoid the screens and appreciate your time like you would if you were travelling.

If you’re feeling particularly feisty, learn to make some exotic food. Just add sand, fruity drinks and some tropical mood tunes. Put on those sunglasses and dance!

Where does World Tourism Day take you?


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Summertime Fun in the Sun!

It’s that time of the year again, when I am making picture boards of all the outdoor  items I would have around here for myself, if I could just purchase whatever I want. Last year it was garden everything. This year its a bit more ‘sporty’. I managed to break the tire on my bicycle, so I have been dreaming of a new one. And I think I’ve been living an online fantasy this summer of someone who plays at the beach, goes camping and has a yard full of friends who are playing games. 😉

So, these are my would-have items:


This bicycle, really appeals to my retro style. I little bit love it. I honestly think that I will probably be buying this beauty IRL.


Aaannnddd…an easy carry picnic basket for those champagne and fig days (of course!)


This is the first I have seen spray chalk and I think it is a brilliant idea! How fun would it be to get über-creative on the grass?! 🙂


This throw and stick set, I would be using for all my beach days. I actually think this is quite suitable, as the ball won’t just roll everywhere. Which is always a good thing when it involves lots of holiday goers.


This 10 person tent for the ultimate on ‘glamping’. I had to show this because, well, I think it’s the same size as my last flat…


I actually think this lightweight backpack is super cool. This is another one that I will probably buy for myself IRL. It folds up into a carry pack that is small enough to fit in a small handbag, and its waterproof fabric. I have a small shopping bag like this and I love it.


Aaaannnddd…to add a bit of modern retro into your camping holiday, this lamp.


For the grande finalé, this travel luggage scale. I recommend these for every traveller. I take mine with me everywhere! Packing for multiple weight regulations is a big travel headache. This scale has both kg and lb so you can be sure that you will always have the correct weight and never have to apologise to the people in line behind you again!

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What are your summertime must-haves?


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