Looking like a tourist can sometimes be a good thing and sometimes…not so much. Depending on the country, you may receive better service at restaurants or be scammed out of money whenever possible.
Have you ever committed any of these tell-tale signs of being a tourist?
1. A FANNY PACK
Yes, it can be practical, but a fanny pack is the most obvious indicator that you are a tourist.
2. WHITE TENNIS SHOES
On my recent 10-day trip to Italy I only saw one person (aka: tourist) wearing white tennis shoes. All the others must have gotten the memo.
3. CAMERA AROUND YOUR NECK
Of course a camera isn't a dead giveaway of a tourist, it is possible for you to just be a local photographer, but chances are…
4. SPORTS TEAM T-SHIRTS
You can be proud of your favorite sports teams when you are in the states, but forgo making such statements abroad if you don't want to be pegged as a tourist.
5. CARRYING TOUR BOOKS/MAPS
Sometimes it's hard to avoid the slew of books and maps that are necessary when traveling. But, try using a GPS device or compact travel guides.