Top tips for blending in abroad
You might wonder why blending in abroad is so important, particularly if you are someone who likes to stand out from the crowd. But if you stick out like a sore thumb abroad, you could become a target for thieves. Your attitude or dress might also offend locals in religious communities. And often when people are on holiday, the last thing they want is to look like a tourist! How to blend in
- Read guide books to get a feel for your holiday destination before you travel
- Dress conservatively, especially in Muslim countries where women cover up. You could even buy some local clothes and then wear them as a fashion statement when you get home!
- When talking to the locals, ask them if they speak English before plunging into a long Cockney monologue!
- Learn some basic phrases in the local language - it's polite and you might find them useful
- Act confidently in public areas so that you look less like a tourist!
- Keep maps, cameras and money hidden when you don't need them
- Keep the noise down - there's nothing worse than a gang of tourists disrupting the peace
- Don't wear expensive clothes or jewellery in developing countries
- Stick to local customs - for example some countries will find it rude if you offer money or a gift using your left hand
- Avoid bright colours if the locals wear more muted tones
- Plan your day in your hotel the night before, rather than wandering the streets aimlessly with a guide book in hand
Blending in abroad can make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings - it will deter unwanted attention and make you less of a target for thieves.