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Why Not To Look Like A Tourist In London

 July 3, 2014  /  Comments Off on Why Not To Look Like A Tourist In London

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Travelling overseas is not as easy as you think. Sure, everybody who makes a plan to spend their holidays abroad thinks that all they need to do is just buy tickets, pack their bags and leave. The thing most often disregarded and totally ignored is the element of safety. Safety should always be the main priority no matter where you go. That because you don’t know the place you are going to is safe or not and whether you will be staying in area which is safe.

They key factor here is to blend in with the locals.

Why Not To Look Like A Touist In London

You have to make sure that you don’t stand out in the crowd. Though you are a tourist, you don’t have to advertise that you are one. This is particularly true for cities that attract millions of tourists every year, including London. But, how can you avoid looking like a tourist? That is indeed a good question and one that many pay little attention to. So, here are a few things you should keep in mind to avoid looking like a ‘tourist’ when in London:

Your Dressing Should Not Scream ‘Hey I am a Tourist!’

Avoid wearing T-shirts or caps of your favourite baseball team or even white sneakers. Especially avoid wearing t-shirts that say ‘I love NY’. When travelling abroad, it is imperative that you keep in mind the different customs and traditions of the host country, the attitude and religious beliefs of the people there.

Learn the Language

If you decide to visit London from the US you will encounter an array of similar words which are associated with entirely different meanings back home, but hold different meaning in London. For example, you don’t get into an ‘elevator’ instead you take the ‘lift’. It’s not your ‘cell phone’ but your ‘mobile phone’. Similarly, when you need to attend to the call of nature, you should ask for the ‘toilet’ or the ‘loo’ or ‘ladies or gents’, never ask for the ‘restroom’ in London.

These are just a handful of examples but there are many similar to them. Before going to London, it is a good idea to learn a list of common British terms. You can look them up on Wikipedia.

Open Toe Shoes and Sneakers

In Europe specifically, including London, sneakers are considered to be worn for activities related to sports and recreation not for casual wear. Tennis shoes and Crocs are prime example of footwear Spaniards and Italians frown upon. Instead try wearing smart and casual leather footwear or moccasins in the city. Always keep your shoes clean and well polished. White tennis shoes, joggers, runners and Velcro sneakers scream Americans!

Avoid Wearing Flashy Jewellery in Public

When travelling on the metro or roaming around in busy places, it is important that you always keep a vigilant eye on your belongings. It is also recommended that you do not carry your valuables like gold or diamond jewelry when roaming around the streets of London, unless of course you are going to a fancy place for dinner. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

This article has been provided by Chris Clayton, a tour guide for SightseeingToursLondon.co.uk and he offers this as support to London Tourists, so keep the abovementioned tips and pointers in mind the next time you travel to London to stay safe on your trip and blend in with the locals.

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  • Published: 3 years ago on July 3, 2014
  • Last Modified: July 3, 2014 @ 7:57 am
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