So you plan on doing a lot of traveling when you retire, good for you. When you visit a foreign country, or even another state, it is a good idea to be a little discreet. That is, don’t stick out like a sore thumb because you look like a tourist.
There are certain classic giveaways that shout “tourist.” Just watch National Lampoon’s European Vacation and you will get the point. Cruise ships are for tourists and it is fine to look like one. In fact, you will not blend in very well on a cruise ship unless you look like the stereotypical tourist.
Take our word for it, you don’t want to look like a tourist when visiting London, Paris or even New York or Estes Park. Goldberg and Associates, your retirement planning lawyer in Atlanta, offers ways you can not look like a tourist.
Hide the Camera
We get it, you bought an expensive camera to take great pictures of your adventures, but that does not mean you have to have it hanging from your neck the entire trip. A camera around your neck in the middle of the city screams “I’m a tourist!”
Also, having an expensive camera around your neck is not very smart as somebody is going to see it and want to take it from you.
Don’t Buy or Wear Touristy Shirts
We know you love New York, just don’t buy the I Love New York shirt. In fact, stay as far away as you can from tourist shops, even if you are traveling the United States. Nothing shouts tourist louder than the cheap, cheerful attire you get from tourist shops.
Avoid Branded Clothes
Anybody who knows you knows you are a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. That said, make sure you don’t wear a Cowboys hat or shirt when you are traveling overseas. This means you should also avoid shirts with college logos on them. You may have graduated from The University of Colorado, but keep your Buffs gear at home.
Wearing a branded shirt in a foreign company is basically just like wearing a shirt with “foreigner” written on it. And we are not talking about the band.
Ditch the Huge Backpack
There is no need for you to walk around with a massive backpack. You know what we are talking about, the backpacks that are so big and bulky that you knock over stuff at the store and injure old ladies.
If you are going on a long hike, the big backpack is acceptable.
Stop Staring and Pointing
Even if you do spot a clown riding a bull down the street, don’t point at it. Pointing might not be a normal activity in the place you happen to be. Plus, pointing draws attention to you and you don’t want that wherever you are. Learn to play it cool when traveling.
Lose the Map
If you are holding a paper map while trying to navigate your way through a foreign town, you are looking very much like a fool. If you have to peak at the map, do it sitting down in a somewhat discreet location.
Lose the Selfie Stick
These wands of narcissism are the ultimate sign of a tourist. You are not going to see a local carrying around a selfie stick. In fact, we don’t think we have seen anybody carrying around a selfie stick.
Don’t Eat Too Early
The only types of people you will see at a restaurant eating dinner before 8 pm in Europe are tourists and people who are having a late lunch. People who go out to eat do so much later than we do. If you want to fit in with the crowd, eat a late dinner.
Baseball caps are very common in America, but they aren’t in other parts of the world. In fact, they make you stand out and you are a dead giveaway as a tourist. Not only that, they are far too casual for a lot of the places you want to visit.
Stop Buying Stuff
You don’t have to buy a keychain from some shop in Amsterdam to remind yourself you were there. The keychain will not make you any memories.
Stop Moving So Much
Sometimes it is a good idea to just stop and enjoy the moment for a little while. You don’t always have to be hustling through the streets and shops. Find a nice coffee shop and just sit there and talk with the family or enjoy the scenery around you.
Learn Some Language Basics
If you are planning on taking a trip to Mexico, it will do you a lot of good to take the time to study the language a little bit. You don’t have to be fluent, just learn enough words or phrases that can help out should you need something. At least it looks to others like you put forth the effort.
If you would like to talk about retirement planning, give Goldberg and Associates a call.