The last thing you want to do while being a tourist is look like a tourist. AurTravel has some tips and tricks you can use to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb on vacation.
White tennis shoes are a dead giveaway that you are not from the area. Maybe buy some shoes at a local shop and support the local business. While you’re at it, buy clothing that is local as well. You don’t want to wear a Seattle Mariners shirt while in Dubai or China. Try not to be obvious. If you look like you know what you are doing, people won’t question it. You should also check out the local restaurants and cafes. You can eat McDonald’s at home.
Another dead giveaway that you are a tourist is using American dollars, so try to use to the currency of your destination. You should also try to learn at least a little of the native language and use it when you can.
While learning the language is great and extremely helpful, watch your nonverbal gestures and attitudes. Some gestures in the United States are seen as offensive in other countries. Using public transportation will help you blend in, and even staying somewhere like an apartment rental will help you get acquainted with the local people. Stopping to take photos of every little thing in a city will annoy the locals; they have places to go and people to see. Be discreet about photographing things.
Be aware of your surroundings as well, and when in doubt, fake it ‘til you make it. Immersion is the best way to learn another culture. Call AurTravel at 402-891-6909 to book your dream vacation!
Jessie is a recent 2018 graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Theatre department and regularly stage manages and acts in theatre productions in Omaha. She grew up as a Navy kid, living in Sicily and Japan, and traveling everywhere in between. Her favorite part of going to a new destination was the new food she could try. Some of her favorite memories include traveling and making flight attendants and pilots laugh. Jessie serves as AurTravel’s administrative assistant and runs their social media accounts.