How To Not Look Like a Tourist !!!

. Sunday, April 27, 2008
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Being identified as a tourist is generally not a good thing. Here’s how to blend in with the natives.

You Will Need

  • Vacation plans
  • Some travel guides

Follow This 7 Steps and you Will " not look like a Tourist ":

Step 1: Research local customs

Research the local cuisine and customs. That way, you won’t get punched for pointing your foot at someone in Thailand (considered extremely insulting) or laugh uproariously when someone in China offers you bird’s-nest soup.

Step 2: Dress appropriately in houses of worship

If you plan to visit houses of worship, determine what is acceptable attire. Some may require that women wear dresses or that your head be covered. Complying is often not only a sign of respect—but your only way in.

Step 3: Learn key phrases

Learn a few key phrases in the local language. Many tourists never bother to learn even the basics, so this will endear you to the natives and distance you from the tourists.

Step 4: Learn a few key phrases in the local

Don’t pack a tracksuit unless you’re planning to jog. Nothing says ”Tacky American” like a velour running suit, which in some countries is like wearing your pajamas. And leave your, “I’m with Stupid ” t-shirt behind, too.

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