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How to Stop Looking Like a Tourist

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How to not look like a tourist: 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 and some travel guides. STEP 1: 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: 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 3: Don't pack a track suit unless you are 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. STEP 4: 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 our only way in. Forget the fanny pack. It's a dead giveaway that you're out of town, and makes an easy target for pickpockets. STEP 5: Make photocopies of selected pages from guidebooks, so you don't have to lug the entire book around. STEP 6: Speak at a soft, but audible volume. Don't fall prey to that bad American habit of speaking too loud in public places. Nothing betrays you more that shouting, "Hey, Mabel. Are we using pesos or lira today?" STEP 7: Don't pantomime any body function requiring a rest room. In most parts of the world, "toilet" or any slight variance is clearly ubderstood, and will resolve your need quite nicely. Did you know? France remains the number one tourist destination, with an average of 76.7 milliion visitors each year. The U.S. ranks third, with almost 42 million.

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Duration: 2 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 95
Posted by: greenbo on Mar 30, 2010

Stop annoying people and inviting pickpockets

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