Mmmhmm. You wear that fanny pack and American flag t-shirt. Throw on some Crocs while you’re at it. What really looks good is when you have a big fat map in front of your face and aren’t paying attention to your surroundings. Thieves love that stuff.
Traveling Ash’s Tip: There are lots of little ways you can make yourself stand out less. Thieves are always on the lookout for people who look like easy targets. Unfortunately, the preoccupied traveller often gets pegged as a thief’s paradise.
- Wrap your guidebook in an old paper grocery bag to make it a little less obvious that you are a tourist. I had my brother draw on mine before I left so I could have a little reminder of home while I was away.
- Dress like the locals. It kills me when I see people here that I can tell are American just by looking at their clothes. Do a little bit of research about the region you will be traveling in and make an attempt to blend in. Are athletic shorts, a t-shirt and running shoes comfortable? Yes. Is that level of comfort worth the giant “Hey there Europe! I’m an unaware tourist and I might be carrying a large amount of cash!” sign that comes with it? I think not.
- I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally would advise against wearing the over-the-neck passport holders. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, but it shows through all of my clothes and is just another incredibly obvious mark of being a tourist. Maybe other people have better luck concealing the little pouch, but I don’t think it’s worth it if you can see it.