Looking like you are a tourist can sometimes be a good thing and sometimes…not so much. Depending on the country, you may receive better service at restaurants or be scammed out of money whenever possible.
Have you ever committed any of these tell-tale signs that you are a tourist in Europe?
1. A FANNY PACK
Yes, it can be practical, but a fanny pack is the most obvious indicator that you are a tourist.
The crossbody or messenger bag is a practicle alternative to the fanny pack. It allows you to still keep your hands free while fitting in with the locals. Check out these hot, yet practical options:
2. WHITE TENNIS SHOES
On my recent 10-day trip to Italy I only saw one person (aka: tourist) wearing white tennis shoes. All the others must have gotten the memo that this should not be done unless you want everyone to know that you are a tourist.
Here are some modern walking shoe alternatives.
3. CAMERA AROUND YOUR NECK
Of course a camera isn’t a dead giveaway that you are a tourist, it is possible for you to just be a local photographer, but chances are…
4. SPORTS TEAM T-SHIRTS
You can be proud of your favorite sports teams when you are in the United States, but forgo making such statements abroad if you don’t want to be pegged as a tourist. The same goes for the tee shirts stating “I Love [insert country here].
5. CARRYING TOUR BOOKS/MAPS
Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the slew of books and maps that are necessary when traveling. But, try using a GPS device or compact travel guides.
What others crime have you commited to prove that you are a tourist?
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