3 Easy Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist
Summer is approaching and that means you possibly have a few trips planned. Whether you’re traveling to New York, Los Angeles, or somewhere abroad, the fact remains: it’s easy to look like a tourist. While some people could care less if they look like they aren’t from a specific city, many people will try to avoid it if possible. Why? Not only is it natural to want to “fit in” or avoid being different, but not looking like a tourist can provide benefits like fewer chances of being pickpocketed or being ripped off when it comes to purchasing souvenirs.
This month, we’re sharing three tips to help you avoid looking like a tourist the next time you vacation away from our Settler’s Landing apartment community in California, MD. Whether you’re a resident or not, we’re sure these ideas can help you or your friends on your next vacation.
1. Don’t Stare at a Map
We know what it’s like to stand in the middle of a big city with our eyes pouring over an unfamiliar map. This is probably one of the most obvious signs that someone is a tourist. There are several ways you can avoid this all too common occurrence: memorize where you’re headed before you leave the hotel, use an app on your phone (it will look much less obvious that you’re having trouble navigating through this new location), or use local transportation. With that last suggestion, make sure you know how to pronounce your destination. Then, when the driver asks where you’re headed (if using a taxi) or when the stop arrives (subway or bus), you can sound and look confident.
2. Avoid Obvious Types of Clothes
If traveling abroad, wearing something that screams “I’m from America,” such as clothing imprinted with American flags, is an obvious indicator that you’re a tourist. The same goes for wearing shirts that have the city’s name written on the front or back. It’s best to wear clothes that don’t draw attention to the place where you’re vacationing or your hometown. In addition to this, dressing a little nicer than casual is always a good tip when traveling. Depending on where you’re vacationing, this can be a good indicator to locals that you’re just another citizen enjoying the day as normal.
3. Shop at the Farmer’s Market
Sure, you probably want to eat out at some fancy restaurants while you’re out and we won’t stop you. While you’re visiting, however, try to make a stop at the local farmer’s market. This won’t just give you a great sense of what it’s like to be a local there, but will also make you feel like you’re a part of the local scene. And who knows? You’ll probably find some neat knick-knacks while you’re there.