Generally, Americans love to wear shorts. However, a lot of other cultures don’t have them on for daily walking, regardless of season or even if they’re in the tropics. Leave those khaki shorts for the beach, the park, the tennis club and the hiking trail. Dressing down in order to feel comfortable can prove strange to a lot of people abroad, unless they’re going to play outdoors sports such as soccer/football.
4. Loud Bling
Never have expensive, flashy jewelry while overseas, unless you’re looking to have your rings, necklaces and what-have-you’s be part of what’s being sold in the black market. You don’t have to impress anybody on your trip anyway, so why not leave your bling at home?
5. National Flags, Religious Imagery and/or Cuss Words
Avoid wearing clothes that have military symbols, national flags, religious symbols and/or cuss words in a tongue that you can’t speak, let alone translate. You wouldn’t want to get berated while you’re on vacation now, do you? Aside from that, leave your religious jewelry behind or, if you just can’t help it, wear them underneath your clothes so no one else would see.
6. Bright Colors
Loud colors, bold patterns and plaids aren’t that nice to look at. With that said, go for cool colors such as blues, grays and tans. Blend in because drawing unwanted attention can quickly make your trip several levels awkward. Travel need not be awkward.
7. Colors that are Out-of-Place
In the West, people might wear black to a wake and/or a funeral. However, in certain Asian locales, white is the color of funerals, which is good to remember because you might be mourning the passing of someone while you’re on vacation. While you’re in central Africa though, avoid wearing black or even blue since these are the favorite colors of the tsetse fly. These large flies bite, by the way.
If you’re visiting factories, rural areas or tourist spots where the locals have jeans on, then why not wear jeans as well, right? However, the pair you wear ought to fit well and be free of wrinkles. What’s even better is going for dark blue or black one.
If you’ve got plans to spend your summer backpacking through Europe then having a large backpack is a practical choice. It’s also possibly a better choice compared to that suitcase you’ll be lugging around as you travel. However, bring a second bag, such as a small tote bag for your daily tours around the cities. Any type of backpack, be it big or small, screams “tourist” all over.
Snap photos and put the camera away right after. Nothing advertises being a tourist like having a camera that’s constantly hanging from the neck. It makes you stand out, meaning you’re a potential target for thieves. To avoid getting robbed, carry a camera that you could fit into a small bag.
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