Some people, when they travel abroad, might as well have a giant arrow pointing to their head saying ‘I’m a tourist!’. Here are my top 10 tips on how to avoid joining their numbers.
1 Tourist Shirts
Do not, under any circumstances, buy a t-shirt with the name of the place you are visiting. What are you, a human postcard?
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3 Mapping out
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4 Bus about Town
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Wander away from the main tourist streets when you want to eat or have a coffee. Only tourists eat in restaurants on main streets. Don’t worry, you’ll be perfectly safe. Unless you ignore the next rule …
6 Strike a Pose
Avoid waving your videocamera about all the time. Wait until you see something actually worth filming, and keep it as securely hidden as possible when not in use. Cameras are easy to snatch, and thieves make a nice living out of careless tourists.
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7 Amusing Street Shows
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Do not adopt that attitude that ‘I am on holiday, nothing can happen to me’. A little bit of caution goes a long way.
9 Of Knick-Knacks and Odd Things
A bit obvious, this one, but avoid souvenir shops. At best, you will incur the scorn of locals for being fool enough to enter these overpriced emporiums of tat. At worst, you will exit the shop with a 2ft high model of the Eiffel Tower.
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Don’t open your mouth. This reduces the chance of anyone realizing that you are a foreigner.
What makes you laugh about tourists? What else marks them out?
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