A Tourist's Guide to How to Not Look Like a Tourist

     Everyone loves to travel, and summer time is the perfect time to go see places you've only seen on Google images.  Just a word of advice when you travel: Don't look like a "tourist".  Below is your complete guide on how to do that.

1. Keep the camera hidden until you need it.  All too often, tourists can be seen walking around with their camera strapped around their neck.  Sometimes, even this isn't enough, and they have to have both a digital camera and a video camera out and ready.  I know that taking pictures is an important part of the experience, but you can do that without looking obnoxious.

2. Don't tuck your shirt in.  Listen dads, I know that you're used to tucking in your dress shirts for work, but tucking in an I <3 NY t-shirt or a polo bought from Ross isn't necessary.

3. Leave the fanny pack at home.  They might be convenient, but nothing screams "I'm from out of town and annoying" like wearing a fanny pack on vacation.

4. Don't scruch your socks.  This was popular in the 1990's.  I can clearly remember wearing long socks with my Converse shoes and scrunching them down.  Unfortunately, it's 2010, and people don't do that anymore.  Unless of course, they are traveling and are wearing shorts for the first time in six months.

5. Don't be annoying about looking up where to go.  The subway systems in many cities can be confusing, but stay calm.  There's no need to freak out and hog the map that shows you where to go.  If you don't look like a tourist, you might even be able to get a helpful local to point you in the right direction.

6. Walk calmly instead of running towards the subway.  The good thing about taking public transportation is that there is usually another subway or bus that will take you where you need to go.  When you rush to the subway with a map in one hand and your kid in the other, you look like a fool.

7. Talk quietly.  Even though you might think people are interested in what you have to say, they probably aren't.  Talking loudly on public transportation or popular tourist sites, especially if you are ignorant, will just bother people.


kels said...

Also, please make sure your shorts are not riding up to your crotch, as seen in picture.

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