Travelling is an opportunity to experience new places and new cultures. Unfortunately most travelers stand out like sore thumbs! Don’t be a foreigner, blend in with the locals and experience life through their eyes.
These 8 signs will signal to the locals that you are obviously a tourist.
1. Skimpy Clothing
Unless you crave unwanted attention, leave the miniskirts and cleavage-bearing shirts at home. If you are travelling to a country that is religious, like the Middle East or to Jerusalem, you should be smart enough to wear conservative clothing.
Avoid carrying around your guidebook everywhere like it’[s your favourite accessory! In addition to looking like a stereo typical tourist, you’ll miss out on the experience of actually being there.
People in Europe do not wear sneakers unless they are going for a jog. Are you planning on jogging to the top of the Eiffel Tower? If not, then leave the sneakers at home, especially if they are bright and draw a lot of attention.
4. National Flags
Do not, I repeat, do not wear clothing splayed with your national flag if you are in another country. This is a way to stand out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons!
5. Gaudy Jewelry
Wearing over the top diamond rings or flashy necklaces when traveling sets you up to be robbed! Of course, the best thing to do is leave your expensive jewelry at home.
However for daily travel to and from sites and locales, avoid taking a backpack for your main baggage. Large and bulky, these bags aren’t meant for inner city travel or for walking through museums.
A camera that is worn as a necklace just shouts tourist. Avoid this by packing light, like a handheld digital camera. This way you can tuck your camera away after you’ve got your shot.
8. A Fanny Pack / Moon Bag
You’d think these awful looking bags would have been long forgotten by now! However there are always travelers who feel the urge to pack their money and other important things in one of these things. Unless you want to be the target of thieves and jokes, throw your fanny pack in the garbage.
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