How to Not Look Like a Tourist — Actually, I Don’t Care… I Am a Tourist!

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How to Not Look Like a Tourist — Actually, I Don’t Care… I Am a Tourist!

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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!

We Had a Fantastic Time Enjoying Flamenco, a Touristy Activity in Granada, Spain

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.

If You See Me in Europe, You’d Probably Spot a Rick Steves Guidebook As Well

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.

In My Travel Group of 4, 3 of Us Usually Carry 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”!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 8 Big Bus Tour
My Mom and I Had Fun on London’s Big Bus Tour

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?

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#3 – magnet for pickpockets, even with peeps around.
Hint: They can follow you. Watch “Taken”.
#5 – and most important – use common sense, don’t venture out alone at night.
(US)PC isn’t as popular as you’d think it is.


Yes, I know day packs, purses, and cameras attract more eyes. I love the movie Taken! Common sense is really the core of traveling. You must have some street smarts!