USA Today’s travel reporter, Christopher Elliott writes on how tourists can blend in while on vacation. They want to do this for safety’s sake. “This summer, four visitors cycling in Tajikistan were targeted and killed by terrorists. The U.S. State Department is continuously warning Americans about travel abroad, sometimes advising them to stay away from touristy areas.”
So how does one go about not looking like a tourist, Elliott wonders. “It’s a combination of wearing the right clothes, visiting the right places, and behaving in an un-touristy way, say experts.”
Nothing identifies you more as an American visitor than wearing white Nikes, they say. Elliott writes, “Sometimes blending in means staying away from clothes marketed to travelers.” That means not wearing zip-off pants (whatever that is) and breathable mesh shorts. “Cameras are also a dead giveaway. As is walking around with a map in your hands.
I would add to that list: Saying y’all a lot, wearing a cowboy hat and western boots, and asking the policeman to direct you to the nearest McDonald’s.