Nothing is worse than going to a city or country that you know nothing about and being completely lost! You then have to rely on asking the people around you for advice and directions. A lot of times they are not willing to take the time to stop and then you are just totally lost and you spend the majority of your day trying to figure out what you are doing or where you are going. Good news is that you can prevent all of this by simply getting prepared for your trip! I am going to be sharing with you a few ways and things you can do to save yourself from looking like a tourist!
-Investigate: Investigate and do your research of wherever you are going ahead of time. Look up the places that you want to go and sights you want to see, find out just where they are located. This will at least give you some sort of indication of where you are going and you will not be completely lost. Look at a map ahead of time and it will give you some familiarity of the area.
-Avoid Taking Photos of EVERYTHING: One of the biggest stereotypes that tourists have are taking photos of every single thing in the city. I am by no means discouraging you from taking photos, I believe photos are memory makers and you should take them of anything that you find to be memorable or interesting. I just think that you should avoid taking photos of anything and everything just because it is in a new place.
-Talk the Talk: If you’re going to a foreign country, try to pick up at least the basics of whatever language they speak there. This will help you to communicate with everyone better and you will not feel like a complete outsider. Obviously you will not be able to become fluent in that language in such a short period of time, but just learn a few essential phrases that will aid in y
-Stay Calm: This is another one where you simply just need to learn to control yourself, same with the taking photos part! Although it may be exciting to see these things and be in a new city but try to stay calm and not freak out about every single thing you see! Just keep your cool and enjoy the things around you!
Nothing is funnier to the natives than seeing a lost tourist who has no clue what they are doing! So take the time to do your research ahead of time and try not to look so lost. It will save you time trying to figure things out, and save yourself the humiliation of looking like a lost puppy!