I've been very lucky to travel in my life, both within the United States and abroad. Today I want to share 6 things I like to avoid wearing while on vacation so that I can fit in a little easier. Assimilating (by how you dress, speak and conduct yourself) will make you less easily targeted as a tourist, help you experience your destination as more of an insider rather than an outsider, and will ensure you don't get turned away from restaurants or important landmarks. I've linked everything mentioned down below, and like always thank you so much for watching! xxAudrey
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Hi everyone - thanks so much for watching!! I want to pop on here quickly and say that OBVIOUSLY this video is full of generalizations and I don't mean to imply that these are universal truths across all people and countries. Of course each place has individual and unique customs and traditions that should always be celebrated and respected. Labeling this video in a very generalized "Europe" helps with YouTube analytics - which is why you're seeing this video in the first place. Also, the tips I'm sharing here are just general dressing tips, that when coupled with respect, cultural sensitivity, a true interest in the place I'm visiting, and at least a few words and phrases have helped me have a more enjoyable, immersive experience. xx Audrey
notformebeaky I’m sensing a little bit of jealousy on your end. You seem to be the one with the loud mouth. The problem with you, along with many others, is the fact that you stereotype rather than understand. I am an American, but I am not overweight nor loud. Many countries have loud and overweight citizens other than the US. Before you point a finger and judge, start by judging your behavioral mistakes. Namaste.
I would like to add more thing, mainly that Americans will be targeted if wearing jeans styled as they are here. In many countries in Europe, men wear more of a jean trouser with very nice dress shoes. You can see how French, Italians who have been brought here with work dress, when out and about. Europeans, in general, dress when going out, not just jeans/shorts etc. Women also dress very nice, they don't go out looking like American women (I have been here since 1982, so I've seen also a decline in dress - going to the store in pajama bottoms thinking we don't see the pajama as such.
+Tomislav Matekovic i think you are directing that comment to all who read it, no?
Still, probably best not to go anywhere at all, in your opinion...
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In my country: A bunch of flip flops= tourists from the United States lol... I agree with some people commenting here... it would good if they'd learn some of the manners of the countries they are visiting. For example, here in South America we are raised the same way than most countries in Europe... when it comes to go to church, you have to wear something decent, don't be loud and don't use a hat inside! But they obviously don't bother checking this kind of things. Hopefully reading this comments they'll be encouraged to do so, no matter what part of the world they are traveling.
For some foreigners in the comments:
Sorry we offend you with our presence. It's hard for all of us to die like some of y'all wish. I do wish I wasn't American but it was my fault. Sorry if that is a crime. Sorry that our ancestors killed, Sorry that european/American/Asian/African/Etc. soliders fought for our country. Forgive us filthy american rats.
I agree with some of them but some of them just sound too much. I’m from Europe and I can say that in cities that is very popular and crowded no one, especially locals don’t care how you look. You can wear sweatshirts with jeans because that’s basically what young people wear here. I agree that not many people wear yoga pants here, unless it’s a university centered city. You can wear your normal shoes it doesn’t really matter (except flip flops). Most of the points mentioned in the video are points you need to think about when you visit less crowded and more fancier places. Just try to get out of the locals way, not block their paths while taking pics and you’ll be fine.
I can't agree with this.
If you don't want to pop out of the mass:
1. Make a good research about the country and the culture first.
Learn something about the habits.
Maybe learn a few words, so you can comunicat a little bit.
Not everywere is english an option, specialy in smal towns far from the big citys.
2. Stay nice and polite. Take your voice down and don't shout.
Don't be to demanding and nagging.
Respect the people and their culture.
3. At sightseeing you should wear what you want.
Put on comfortable shoes you can walk long in without getting blisters.
Yes it doesn't look nice to go in to a good restaurant with sportswear. But I have to say I have seen migrands (I live in germany) do it as well, so yeah.
But if you want to look nice at the restaurant, you can put some clothes in your bag so you can change quickly, maybe at a public toilet.
Well i think it's always good to have some clothes to change wherever you go.
Have a beautiful day
Nice greetings from germany
i live in prague and there are a LOT of tourists. honestly it doesnt matter what you wear, its how u act! many tourists are SO LOUD, especially germans and americans. its so annying when im on the public transport and theres a group of tourists that are just yelling over each other. also dont stop in the middle of the street! we are busy and always in hurry, please dont slow things down. also the shoe tip is sooo true! if you dont wear sneakers you will regret everything
jeeeez... as someone from Europe, I can only suggest that it does not matter what you wear (as long as it is clean and looks decent), what matters is to behave in civilized manner and do not make comments on certain local customs... be nice, kind and respectful to people and nobody will treat you the way we treat rude, loud and obnoxious tourists
and let me add IF SOMEONE'S OUTFIT BOTHERS YOU WHILE EATING IN A RESTO OR WTV. THE ONE WHO HAVE ISSUES IS NO ONE BUT YOU! people went there to visit and enjoy NOT TO BE JUDGED BY YOU AND UR SO CALLED AESTHETIC.
Steve Christensen I encourage you to spend a little less time tearing people down and more time working on extending kindness. Cruelty is never warranted - even if you disagree with someone and there are plenty of other channels for you to watch.
I once nearly missed an interview with the then-Prime Minister of Guyana because my otherwise modest dress was sleeveless! Luckily I had on a silk headscarf that was able to double as a shawl. Problem, naturally, wasn't with the PM herself, but with her staff's 'protocol' fixation.
Grown men wearing baseballcaps in itself is a tell that it is probably an American walking in front of you. Never mind whether it is an American team logo. Apart from the Red Sox or the yankees we probably would not know the logo anyway.
Baseball caps are worn by children over here. Or by a certain type of men your average American would not want go be mistaken for.
Although to be honest we can usually tell the Americans from the other tourists by volume. Incredibly nice but generally a lot louder the Europeans.
Chlarie Peace, you evidently think you have a right to tell other people what right they have. The young lady made it very clear that she was not ordering people what to wear or not. She's just giving some well-thought out advice that you can follow or ignore, so why the nasty comment?
wow! Can you say pretentious? How about you go travel and feel fee to look like yourself and be comfortable? What is with people who are outright scared to look like a tourist? I am an American, I travel, and I sure as HELL don't care what anyone thinks about the way I look doing it. Do WE judge tourist from other countries? No.
Everything you've listed besides that specific pair of wedges is hideous though. Nothing looks feminine. Especially those god awful ankle boots. Is it appealing to be devoid of colors and dress like a dude when you're clearly a chick?
Thank you for the tips. I've been to Germany a couple of times many years ago as a teen, but next spring (2020) my daughter is going on a trip to Europe with a group from her school and these are good tips to show her. (Mom knows nothing, right?) Thank you, again.
What about jeans? I thought those were also an "I'm American" giveaway.
edit: looking at the comments from Europeans below, it seems jeans are pretty popular, at least the younger you are. Once I turned 40 I found slacks more comfortable than jeans. That might have more do to with weight though .... :)
re the comments below on US tourists manners. You have to remember US was the last frontier and many Americans let their ego get the best of them through just plain ignorance. They still have much to learn as far as real class and I Am an American.
I pack as little as possible, always packing everything in basic black. No sweats , hoodies , worn out jeans, white tennis shoes, or sandals of ANY kind.( except for the cheap rubber flip flops that I use to wear in the shower). I dont worry about being turned away from any churches, as I never set foot inside any of them when I travel ( or even when I dont) . No back packs or suitcases covered in stickers.
Im german and i can tell you one thing! If you want to blend in here you wear fast fashion like zara or hm if you are under 30. And if you are older you just dress as if you were about to go hiking in the mountains. Wear Jack wolfskin, camp david, Salomon, vaude northern face and your good to go. I think this lady is referring to more fashionable European countries
Greek Person here.Americans/Canadians stand out when they come here because they literally don’t take care of their selves.They wear awful clothes while going to restaurants/malls etc.,they order Ketchup/mustard/chili/every sauce you can imagine in just one plate,women’s hair is usually oily and not taken care of.I’m not saying that when you go out you have to look like you’re going to a wedding,but please,just take care of yourself and wear respectful clothing inside churches.
I loved this! I'm belgian and I agree! Do you have any tips for us europeans visiting the US and not look like a tourist? Should I dress more sporty and get myself a baseball cap? I follow a lot of american youtubers and I see them wearing these on a daily. We'll be going to California just before Easter. Bye, Natascha
Well, I always dreamed of seeing the world. I love to learn about new things, meet new people. However, after reading most of these comments. I don't feel like I would be welcomed most places-just seen as a "rude American". I live near Chicago. I love meeting tourists. I suppose I was too naive to think others are that way as well.
If you genuinely wish to avoid looking like a tourist, my number one would be - don't wear a camera around your neck! Also, try not to get in the way of others - suddenly stopping in the middle of a crowded street, blocking escalators, or ignoring traffic signs, really won't endear you to the locals! In your personal interactions, try not to talk too loudly, and be careful not to come across as rude, boastful, or overly-demanding - and it's rarely a good idea to start conversations about politics or personal matters with the strangers at the next table, or people you barely know! It's all about respect, basically - and part of that is doing a little research beforehand... it will make all the difference, I promise you!
How about stopping on a sidewalk to admire some architectural feature and having someone on a moped honking at you for blocking his way, LOL! Italians have just as many weird cultural habits as any other nationality. No need to get uptight about it. I have to admit that as a woman I feel safe for my physical person in Italy. One might have to be wary of pickpockets or purse-snatchers, but I don't know anyone who has been threatened with bodily harm as has been the case in other countries. Years ago I lived in New York's Little Italy and the young men would accompany a lone woman to her door to see her safely home. (I think that has changed, sadly. The old neighborhoods are very different now.)
The sentiment of "try not to talk too loudly" really annoys me as someone who is hard of hearing. I don't want to be treated like a rude American when I'm trying to speak loud enough to hear myself and maintain strong diction. At the same time, I don't want to be treated like a stupid deaf girl when I can't understand myself or anyone else. It makes me wonder how people would react if I just signed my way through Europe instead.
Honestly, I’m Irish and have travelled around Europe, with a group and solo, and the best way to not look like a tourist is don’t act like a tourist. Like of course, you’re on your holiday, you wanna take pictures and have fun. But don’t be carrying huge cameras, whipping out maps in the middle of the streets. Especially for solo travelers. Even if you’ve no clue where you’re going or what you’re doing, make it look like you do. I’ve often walked around cities I wasn’t familiar with but would be stopped numerous times and asked for directions cause people think I’m local. If you need to check a map, step into a coffee shop, or store or just step to the side of a path quickly consult and keep walking. If pickpockets or worse are made aware you’re tourist then you’re targeted.
I'm European (German to be exact) and I never ever wear high heels or stilettos or what the heck they are called. I also nearly never wear normal purses, but mostly backpacks . In the summer I would also wear flip flops, when in the warm parts of Germany. When I have to walk a lot I'll use my running shoes, because I get blisters easily. I usually wear sweatshirts and jeans. So, nah. Can't really confirm these things in the video. But the thing with your baseball caps and sports team sweatshirts is correct. But if you dress all fancy with stilettos and kashmir pullover it screams "wealthy person", so you are more likely to get robbed. Also try not to have your camera out in the open or a fanny pack around your waist. That usually is the biggest give away that you're a tourist.
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