How to Travel Without Feeling Like a Tourist

  1. Research the regions and cities you are traveling in advance. Rely on blogs, web chats and conversations with people who have already been to the areas you plan to visit. Use reference books primarily for the general information- like history. Online maps, like those offered by Google or Bing offer current information about merchants and sites in a city or region, but consider verifying the information is current.
  2. For major attractions and locations, visit during off-peak times.

Traveling to the port or station by automobile or bike is a great way to avoid building up stress and negative interactions…

  1. Traveling to the port or station by automobile or bike is a great way to avoid building stress and negative interactions. Also, bike travel or a commute via energy efficient, private and comfortable vehicles is better for the environment and your body than the gasoline or diesel-fueled alternative – especially during traffic congestion. Inviting other passengers will greatly bring costs down. Please plan to arrive to the airport or station early!
  2. In developing nations and regions, try to avoid using taxis without odometers as well as independent cab services. There have been numerous reports in developing nations of impersonators or dishonest drivers who quote one price and then change the price during the drive, etc.
  3. Use only a carry-on during the actual transport and if you require additional luggage, consider sending it separately through mail or shipping services and in advance of your travel so that it arrives at your destination around the same time you do.

Avoid casual fashion styles meant for travel…

This model traveler is dressed casually. Stock Photography.
  1. Try to avoid casual fashion styles meant for travel which often combine specific travel pieces like fanny packs, belly bags, oddly decorated baseball caps, tube socks with shorts, etc. Instead dress up or dress very down- super casual.
  2. If you are in a busy area like a city and want to stare up into the cityscape and take pictures, please be respectful of your fellow pedestrians. Consider stepping off tot he side to see or capture that perfect image of the skyline. I recommend looking to your left (or whatever side opposite traffic) and when the path is clear, step as far as possible in that direction. Nodding or smiling to the approaching pedestrian to signal you are preparing to gaze or take a picture helps keep people from colliding into your body or equipment and creates good will.

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