So you want to get noticed when you travel. You want all the locals to know that you’re not from here and get special treatment. Maybe you just really want to get pick-pocketed. You traveled all the way to the other side of the world – shouldn’t others at least acknowledge it?
Whatever your reasons, here’s 5 ways to really stand out as a tourist. Caution is advised however, performing all or even one of these tricks could end up making that entire country hate you.
1. Yell At Everyone
How else are they going to know what you’re saying? You’re talking to the locals, and they just stare back at you with confused faces. Maybe they can’t hear you because you’re in a crowded area. Or maybe you’re talking too fast for them.
So slow down a little bit, and just yell it at them really loud. They’ll be sure to understand you and meet your every need after that. It has nothing to do with them speaking a different language in their country. We all know that everyone speaks English.
2. Act Like Their Culture Doesn’t Exist
Sure, their culture and society is a little exotic, but they should probably understand your culture as well. After all, they’ve met millions of tourists, right?
So continue speaking to them in English. Insist on using your own currency, it’s too much trouble to try to exchange it. If their food looks a little too weird, just ask for a custom order or ask if they have ketchup to splash all over it.
3. Take Selfies with Everyone
No one else will know you went to a foreign country unless you have pictures to prove it. And they won’t believe you walked by random strangers unless they see a picture of it.
So whip out your smartphone and selfie stick and get everyone in on the action. Especially if they look poor or have exotic clothing, jump in on a getting a selfie with them – it’ll make you look like you’re blending in and making friends with the locals without actually doing it. If you take someone’s baby and hold them for a selfie, you’ll look like a humanitarian.
4. DSLR Like You’re a National Geographic Photographer
You brought your DLSR camera and huge lens. You have no idea what aperture or shutter speed are, but hey, that’s what auto mode is for. You want to get those really good photos and it makes you look like a pro.
So go ahead and snap away. If it’s quiet and sacred spaces like museums or cathedrals, no one will mind your snapping – they know it’s for something important. You can also take shots of strangers on the street without asking, they won’t mind. Who knows, maybe National Geographic will see your amazing talent and buy your pictures for thousands of dollars!
5. Include Everyone in Your Conversation
You’re in a crowded area, like the train or a restaurant. You’re having an amazing time with your friends as you talk about how great your travels are. Everyone around you is so quiet. They must be so bored with their lives, wishing someone would add them to the conversation so they could experience some joy.
Well, that’s what you’re there for. Talk louder so everyone else can hear. Laugh really loud so they can get cued on when to laugh because it’s funny. They’ll be so thankful that you’re letting them in on your conversation.