Travel Tips: How To Not Look Like A Tourist While Traveling

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  1. Romano Benini
    Romano Benini says:

    In Italy: no flip flops no yoga pants no sport cap, no cappuccino After lunch, no mixed food in dishes, no bad manners no ugly clothes no wild habits no pissing in historical places and no groups . It s simple: no barbarians

  2. Brad Weber
    Brad Weber says:

    Ive seen a lot of these videos preparing for a trip abroad. I REALLY dont want to look like a hipster doofus….like everyone in Europe. Plenty of what I call 'bowling shirts'. Maybe offer some middle of the road suggestions. Cant stand sun on my face . Need a hat with a brim….I realize ballcaps are off limits…. probably gonna be a pith helmet fer phuk sakes!? Or a Bavarian hat. Cmon!

  3. Rebecca Lockley
    Rebecca Lockley says:

    There's nothing wrong with a backpack. Most people carry a small one around if they have a lot of things to carry with them, or if they are going shopping. Now, a massive hiking backpack on the streets of London might look out of place, but a small drawstring bag holding your essentials or fashion backpack (I have a Cath Kidston one) wouldn't be out of place. I agree on the baseball caps – you don't see a lot of them around unless it's on a tourist usually, but you CAN get them in Europe, so it's not a dead giveaway. Even team logo stuff doesn't make you stick out as a tourist anymore, especially in London where we now get several American Football games per year! I'm an American living in the UK, and I've been here for 8 years. Most of my wardrobe has now been purchased in the UK, but when I first moved, I of course wore my clothing from the US and I didn't feel like I stuck out at all — really, it's my accent that pegs me as being American and for some Americans, it's their attitude. Oh, and apparently WHITE sneakers specifically tag men as being American. Or so I've been told. My (British) husband has black sneakers that he wears pretty much daily when we travel. Oh, and he wears shorts, t-shirts (sometimes of American places he's been!) or polo shirts, sometimes sport sandals if it's warm…..I don't think he owns any casual button down shirts (they're all for work) and he would never wear those little leather boots either! Oh, and he always carries a backpack!

    For me, not acting like a tourist means learning at least a few phrases in the native language when I'm not in an English speaking country (Hello, goodbye, please, thank you, do you speak English are all good phrases to learn), reading my guide book ahead of time so I know where I'm going/what I'm looking for, removing my home currency from my wallet and only carrying local currency, and being polite to people. I also try to only look at my maps or guide books when I'm sitting down on a bench or at a cafe instead of trying to read them while walking.

  4. vonHintenHorst
    vonHintenHorst says:

    lol – I'm not a tourist. I AM , in fact, European.
    And I always take a backpack with me, everywhere.
    Also, I will dress as comfortable as possible, like with a hat or cap when I'm a lot in the sun and with shorts and so on. ^^

  5. Dennis C
    Dennis C says:

    I lived in Germany for three years courtesy of Uncle Sam and looking American is not always healthy for you safety. My wife dressed looking local and when we were out in public people would talk to her in German because she fit in. At the time an American was looked at as the "Ugly American" but today many Europeans want to be a copy cat of America and its culture. Go figure!

  6. Meatlovers channel
    Meatlovers channel says:

    WTF! Firstly, if you go to say Barcelona you probably wont have spanish looks in the first place. Guess what? you look like a foreigner > a tourist What a surprise!
    Secondly if you switch all those handy clothes and especially that bag pack you will not feel so comfortable anymore. As a guy where do you carry all your stuff? in a purse?
    Finally, whats wrong in looking like stereotypical tourist? on a holiday you are supposed to relax and forget what people think of you. It dont mean you could not have manners and be polite nevertheless.

  7. JKDilla
    JKDilla says:

    Truth is… at all the tourist cities it's impossible not to look like a tourist. And once you open your mouth you immediately out yourself as a foreigner, even if you speak the native language, because an impeccable accent is vital to truly blending in. Trying to look like something you aren't in general is foolish, and trying not to look like a stranger in a strange land is wasted effort. Embrace your personal style, especially if in another country.

    The whole "Europeans don't wear sneakers and ball caps" is absolute nonsense. Str8 up BS. Hasn't been true for awhile. SNeakers and lids are huge fashion/style essentials and have been relevant in Euro for quite some time.

    And no shorts?? Um, no. Absolutely.False.

    Ditch backpack? Um, not good advice at all. A sizeable portion of people in Euro cities use awesome public transpo for commuting, and EVERYONE has backpacks/messenger/totes. In fact, many commuters have so much to lug around they use wheeled luggage. Seriously, sightseeing w/out and EDC bag isn't good idea at all.

    I disagree with the advice in the video… BUT… your production is tight. Very well done.

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