Being A Tourist For The Day.
Although I like to travel and plan trips and explore new cities vigorously, when it comes to my own city I fall short on discovering new places! I guess it’s just like that when it’s your home city, especially if you’re a bit of a hermit (as I am…).
Jordan and I made a promise to spend a day checking out new places in Glasgow, and we finally got the chance last week. The rain was off for the day – a rare treat! – and we both had a spare minute to check out the city. Of course, we wanted to pack in as much as possible, and I think we achieved it…
Visa challenged me to be unstoppable for the day; armed with Visa and Android Pay and an entire day ahead of me, I was on a mission to find three autumn outfits in three hours, and then to spend the day packing in as much as possible! Paying with Visa using Android Pay allows contactless payment in one quick tap, wherever you see the symbol – which means I was able to checkout effortlessly as I went.
I’ve said before that I’m terribly impatient, and will often avoid the city altogether as I’m not a fan of queues or crowds, so this was the perfect way to embrace the bustle.
The first stop? A little look around Oliver Bonas for autumn accessories! I lusted over all the homeware, then the scarves, the clothing, the cards, and finally reached what I was after; the jewellery!
I spied a pastel necklace on Instagram last week and I had to have it. The shop was crazy busy, but I managed to check out in seconds thanks to using Visa and Android Pay – one tap and it was paid for!
We had a quick wander down Buchanan Street so I could pop in to all my faves – Space NK for hair bits, Zara for a top and hair scarf, H&M for… just about everything really. I managed not to buy everything, but it wasn’t easy. Before long, I’d gathered up three adorbs outfits for the new season!
I promised Jordan coffee at a new cool pop-up in Royal Exchange Square, he’s been talking about Papercup Coffee Company for so long, and he lured me in with two words – “it’s Instagrammable”.
We both chose flat whites and sipped them while taking in the store – it was definitely worthy of an Instagram or five.
We spent so long looking around Royal Exchange Square, there were so many new shops and restaurants that had cropped up since I was last here – if you’re not from Glasgow, I really recommend checking it out.
After all that shopping and exploring, we were in need of a late lunch! We jumped on the train to Finnieston (paying contactless of course, way.too.easy) and headed to Ox & Finch. I recommend this place to everyone that comes to Glasgow, it’s incredible for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
Jordan had never been, so I was excited for him to experience the tapas-style plates of incredibly presented food. Seriously, you’re going to want to make sure you have space on your phone for all the photos you’re about to take!
Finally, we headed back into the centre for a little browse around the Gallery of Modern Art – there’s always a few incredible exhibitions on here and it’s free entry (although I can rarely resist the gift shop!).
Go in the afternoon and wait until the twinkly fairy lights turn on outside in the square – it’s magical!
I talked Jordan in to grabbing a cocktail at the Social before heading home. The drinks in here are next level, the candyfloss cocktail looked like it would keep me on a sugar buzz for weeks, so I opted for Cherry Godfather instead which was delish! Jordan was pleased to see I was paying, and ordered another round…
After a busy day, we were insanely tired and it was time to head home. Thanks to Visa and Android Pay for giving us an excuse to be tourists in our own city.
They’re also giving you the chance to win your own unstoppable day with a £1000 shopping spree competition! Just pay with Visa using Android Pay and click here to enter – good luck!
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Has this inspired you to be a tourist in your own city?