Monday, July 24, 2017

Do Tourists Have To Be So Touristy?

Being a frequent traveler and a D.C. Resident during the summer tourist season, I've seen more than my fair share of tourists. I always find myself asking the question: do tourists have to be so touristy? Do they have to stand out so much? As a tourist myself, my goal is to never stand out, but for most people it seems as if they are really trying to do so. Do tourists realize how they seem?

Some of my major pet peeves with tourists include the way they dress, the way they carry themselves (the amount of confidence they have), selfie sticks (and other photo taking idiosyncrasies), and their inability to handle weather (rain, heat, etc.). Some of these things are hard for people to adjust, such as having confidence while they wander around a foreign city. Other things seem like common sense that people generally have but seem to lose when they are traveling (e.g. going to India in monsoon season without an umbrella). Why is this?

When I travel, I always try to be prepared and still be myself. I tend to dress the same as I would when I'm home. There is no need for random touristy clothes. I also try to walk around like I know what I'm doing, even if I don't. I think this makes me a safer traveler. I'm not saying I'm not susceptible to crime, but I'm also not making myself a target. I also try to plan ahead, so I know what I might need while I'm traveling. And the more and more I travel, the less and less photos I take. It seems to help me remember my trip better and it doesn't make me stand out as a tourist (aka someone who isn't familiar with their surroundings).

In general, tourists are vulnerable, but usually it's because they make themselves that way. I like to think that the less touristy you are the stronger of a tourist you are. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself while still doing what you love.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Eight Days a Week

It seems to me that most people don't really want to go to work everyday.  If people were given the option to not go to work on any particular day, they would probably choose not to go.  I tend to find this a little perplexing most of the time.  Now, don't get me wrong, sometimes work is a drag and free time can be rejuvenating.  That being said, I think I am generally happier when I'm most productive.  If I'm just sitting around doing nothing, I feel lazy.  I'm an entrepreneurial person.  To me, time is money, and if I'm wasting my time, I'm wasting money.  This goes back to all my side hustles, which is a bit of a tangent from my topic for today.

Recently, I've been offered quite a bit of overtime at work and along with many of my colleagues, I've been taking full advantage of it.  They've even been offering overtime hours on Saturdays and you'd be amazed at how many people show up.  Seeing how I'm happiest when I productive, I generally enjoy working on some Saturdays in addition to my regular five day work week.  Granted, this is not to say that I want to work a full eight hour day on Saturdays or that I want to work every Saturday, but I really enjoy being even more productive than normal.

Often times I find that I'm more productive on a Saturday afternoon after having worked all morning, than if I hadn't worked in the morning.  I feel more motivated to participate in my side hustles as well as to socialize with friends after having had a productive day. When I first started working on Saturdays I thought it would be a drag, but I was in it for the extra money.  However, once I got going, I realized that I actually enjoy working on Saturdays more than working during the week.  It's quite possible that this is because it's voluntary and not mandatory.  Once things are mandatory, they are automatically less enjoyable.

Some people don't understand my desire to work so much overtime, yet very few people would say that they don't have a use for extra money.  So that begs the question: what is there to not understand?  I guess in the end, I am one of those people that enjoys working.  On top of that, I enjoy my job.  These two things combine make it just a little easier for me to give up a Saturday morning.  I suppose not everyone in this world is like me.  Go figure!