Being a tourist in your own city

Being a tourist in your own city | robowecop

I make it no secret that I’m shit poor, in fact I probably go on about it too much. But this blog is a part of my life and so is my current job/financial situation so I wouldn’t ever not talk about it. Anyway, being in the situation I’m currently in means I’ve got to be really frugal – meaning no holidays are getting booked until I’m back in employment. *Sobs.* Until then, we’re having to be a little more clever with our getaways.

Our anniversary is the day after Valentine’s Day, so we usually spend a couple of days celebrating and more often than not have a little city break with a night in a hotel to treat ourselves. This year we stayed at 42 The Calls in Leeds (review coming soon, no doubt) and had set aside a full day to wander around our home city.

We’ve both lived in Leeds all our lives (except my 3 year stint in Nottingham for University) and yet there are still so many places we’ve not tried. We went walking all day, took tonnes of photos of the city and made sure we treated the city like we were tourists. We ended up having the BEST day!

We found buildings we’d never noticed, cafés we hadn’t tried, bars we’d not been to yet and side streets we didn’t even know existed. We really felt like we’d been on a little city break rather than just a night away in our home city and it was so special. Most importantly, it felt like a break for us which we both desperately needed, rather than just another day in our home city.

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Just before our break, I put an together an outfit for a day in the city all from MandM Direct. I think I have a really easy style when it comes to days like this – I’m definitely a jeans and a jumper kind of gal as you’re probably all aware. I went with my trusty ASOS jeans, these nude trainers from Onsker*, this striped jumper from Jaqueline De Yong* and this khaki bomber jacket from Only You*. Perfect for a chilly but sunny February day of walking!

The few days just to ourselves was so needed. Living with Joe’s parents, we don’t get much time just me and him so it’s always nice to get away and have some quality time together – even if we only get on a train for 10 minutes.

I feel like there’s a lot of competition with travel, especially in the blogging world. How many places have you been? How many breaks can you fit into a year? Where’s the furthest you’ve been? How many weeks in the sun can you fit in next month?

It’s easy to get caught up in it and let it get you down, especially if you don’t have the money to jet off here there and everywhere twice a month. Sometimes I think it’s good to take a step back and decide what you actually need, rather than what you think you need. Our hotel cost us £99 and because we’re from the area, we knew the cheapest places for food, we barely spent anything and we still came away feeling as relaxed, happy and like we’d had a break as if we’d jet off to Amsterdam for 5 days.

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If you put your mind to it, anywhere can be a holiday and sometimes being a tourist in your own city can be that much needed break you’ve been looking for.

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  • I love Leeds, it’s one of my favourite cities. Gorgeous photos xx

    Rhi | http://www.rinkydinkyrhi.com

  • These pictures look beautiful!
    My city is actually not that big and I often find myself seeing some stuff for the first time. It’s a great feeling :D

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  • I have lived in London for over 2 years and I still feel like a tourist here! There’s so many places that I haven’t explored yet so I know I’m not going to get bored here for quite a while.

    Also your photos are absolutely gorgeous <3

    Ali | Ali Caitrin

  • I completely agree that a city break in your own city can be a great alternative to a full-blown holiday. I’m at a point where traveling somewhere far away seems like so much hassle, effort and money, and I’ve preferred to stay close to home recently. I live in Hamburg so there’s always something new to see, and I don’t think I’ll get bored anytime soon.

    Your pictures are gorgeous and they make me really want to visit Leeds (well, even more than I already did!). Hopefully when I have the energy to travel a longer distance again I can make it over there.

    Danielle | solongusa.blogspot.com

  • Yes yes yes. I feel like when you live in one place all your life you forget to really look around because we think we’ve seen everything there is to see… But really, there’s so much beauty in the places we live! Happy you touched on that point and you’re outfit is super cute :)

    http://wanderlustgirl-kb.blogspot.ca

  • I didn’t know how stunning Leeds is! You captured it beautifully, it really comes across like you went on a fancy city break without even leaving your home town.

  • I don’t really *do* travel so I love being a tourist where I live, going to the castles and old roman forts and galleries ❤️
    Fab post. I love your outfit!

  • Amber Gregory

    Leeds looks like a lovely city, yet I have never been.. Lovely photos!
    http://www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

  • cristy

    leeds looks like a lovely city! there isnt really much to do where i live haha:(( xx

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

  • katie

    I’ve done the same where I live recently! I’ve been in my apartment nearly 3 years and didn’t know there was a castle not 5 minutes drive away! Such a great day out.

    Katie – http://www.bloomingfiction.co.uk

  • Terri Heckley

    I’ve only visited Leeds a couple of times and loved it! I know how you feel though, I live in Newcastle and there is so much of it I have never explored!

    Terri x
    http://www.territalks.co.uk

  • ninegrandstudent

    Some of these photos are gorgeous! Sounds like a lovely night!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Yasmin Rebecca

    I love being a tourist in my own city! When I moved home from Liverpool I felt really down for it, but now I have a new love for my hometown, Manchester, by getting out there and discovering new parts. Awesome photography! I hope to go for a day out in Leeds in a few weeks :)

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  • This is so true – I used to live right by the sea, but never appreciated the little seaside town I lived in, or really explored it. I went to the same places all the time, and hardly spent any time on the beach. Now that I’ve moved away, when I go back to see family I’m always itching to explore and find new places; and spend more time on the beach! I don’t think we ever really appreciate the places we live in until we leave them behind, or really make the effort to. Having a little break in your own city and really exploring it sounds like a great idea! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • missgetaway

    Oh wow your hometown looks absolutely fab. I love the idea of playing tourist at home. Usually we totally forget what we have. Leeds looks so lovely!

    Love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • I love being a tourist in my city, you get to go to all the places you wouldn’t normally go and appreciate home more.

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • I loved this post, I’ve grown up in leeds and spend most days there and yet I often feel like I overlook so many, while I recognised the majority of these photographs, there are a few that I didn’t which is definitely surprising. I definitely need to just go into leeds and as you say, be a tourist in my own city.

    Heather, heathermcknight.com

  • I love this post! I get so excited whenever anyone comes to visit because I get to show them all the bits I love – it helps me fall for the city all over again x
    Sophie Cliff

  • I love being a tourist somewhere you know well! No matter who long you’ve lived somewhere, more often than not you haven’t actually tried out or been everywhere and you take it all for granted! Love the jumper, and these photos are beaut! Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • Mate your photos in this post are INSANE <3 so many heart eyed emojis!!! xx

    Little Miss Katy

    • Coming from the queen of city shots, this means a lot! <3 xxx

  • I love acting like a tourist in my city! I’ve actually not seen or done most of the touristy things in Glasgow (which is so bad, I know!) so I have a list of things on my phone that I want to do before I move away from here after uni.

    Lynnsay x
    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  • Katie

    I had this exact same idea here but haven’t convinced my other half to go along with it yet!
    I definitely agree with the pressure to have lots of travel plans! But there’s plenty locally still to discover which isn’t going to break the bank. Xxx

  • Leeds looks fab, I’ve never been before! Love your outfit too – especially the bomber jacket x

    Everything But The Kitchen