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How not to look like a Tourist

How to avoid being singled outAfraid of being singled out as a mark, a nerd (or maybe just an out-of-towner) in a foreign place?

  1. Don't block pavement traffic folding and unfolding maps.
  2. Keep your jaw shut as you admire those jaw-dropping buildings locals pass without a glance.
  3. Multi-pocketed urban pants may be practical, but overstuffed they make you look like a blimp on tour.
  4. Remember: Shouting doesn't make English easier to understand.
  5. Don't parade your hometown T-shirt or cap.
  6. Why would anyone even wear something called a bumbag?
  7. Enjoy yourself. Most people like tourists.
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