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I recently came across an article about how to NOT look like a tourist. The advice suggested not wearing bulky sneakers, flip-flops, leggings, flaunting a big camera, or wearing a day pack. Shorts are also a big no-no.
I chatted with follow team member Jason today, and he has caught himself second guessing going to tourist places because they are too touristy. But you know what, we ARE tourists. We aren’t locals, and never will be. I love using miles from my travel credit cards and to discover new places!
So we travel how it makes us happiest. And that includes wearing what we want and going to places that appeal to us, even if they are where we will see all of the other American/German/British/Chinese tourists. Here are a few touristy things that we do (and are proud of it!):
1. Carry a Guidebook
I’m a big fan of Rick Steves’ guidebooks, and if you see me in Europe, you’ll most likely see me walking around with a Rick Steves book in my hand. I get tips that I otherwise wouldn’t, such as great places to eat (my man Rick hardly ever lets me down in this area!) and whether reservations are recommended.
2. Carry a Camera
My cousin Jered and my partner Alfy both love taking pictures, so both of them carry around cameras. And since I blog about most of my travels, I usually have a small camera with me, too! That means 3 out of 4 of us will probably be spotted with a camera.
3. Go to Touristy Places
I’ve done lots of touristy activities when I travel, such as seeing a live flamenco show in Spain, riding the Big Bus tour in London, and visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. These are some of my favorite memories I’ve formed when I travel, so I’ll continue to “be a tourist”!
4. Take Selfies
Selfies are probably the biggest way to scream “I am a tourist!”. My travel companions take a lot more selfies than I do, but I still love them. 😉 Luckily, they don’t own selfie sticks, because that would take it to a whole new level.
What are “touristy” things that you do, or places you go?