Tips And Advice For Not Looking Like A Tourist
There is a long-standing stereotype of American tourists. We’re loud, carry fanny packs and we all wear white socks and sneakers everywhere. Luckily, these are pretty easy to fix.
Before packing for a trip, consider what locals wear where you’re going. Do they dress very casually or more fashionably? Do they cover up or bare it all? Think about what you like to wear, too. If you wear jeans every day at home, bring a pair. Companies make special travel clothes, but they look like travel clothes and most travelers and touts can spot them. Some places, like India, consider trying native dress.
For footwear, leave the white sneakers at home and try a pair of comfortable walking shoes or dressy-looking hiking boots. Backpackers will often bring only sandals and boots, but that can be a problem in nice restaurants or clubs. Bring a small messenger bag or book bag instead of the usual fanny pack for paperwork and guidebooks.
More important than clothing is your attitude. Even when lost, act like you know where you’re going. Don’t pull out maps in the middle of the street, go into a shop. Smile, relax and try the local food and language.