We've all traveled somewhere, even if it's just a different city in the U.S., and made an embarrassing tourist mistake. Mispronouncing city names, using lingo we've heard in movies that actually make no sense, asking silly questions. But we've also seen tourists come to our cities and stick out like a sore thumb. Whether you are the local or you are the traveler, we all know some serious tourist faux pas that 'cause you to stick out like a sore thumb. Trust us, you are going to want to read these to save yourself some serious embarrassment.
Lunch Time in Madrid, Spain
Madrid redefines “late lunch”. The normal lunch time in Spain is usually around 2 or 3 pm.
It’s best to follow the crowds and enjoy lunch when everyone else does, even if it feels a little later than usual.
No Haggling in Tehran, Iran
Supermarkets in Tehran are so used to people bargaining prices that they have raised the overall cost to stop the haggling.
Grab your goodies and get going. No use in haggling, you’ll probably end up paying more.
No Camouflage in Cairo, Egypt
I think camouflage should be banned everywhere. But locals in Cairo see camouflage as you not blending in, but basically a big red flag that you are a tourist.
Don’t wear it while traveling, it will make you stand out more than blend in.
Helmets Are A No-No in Amsterdam, Netherlands
I am all for safety but apparently, safety shows weakness in Amsterdam and it means you aren’t a local. Tourists stick out if they wear helmets while traveling around the beautiful city that is known for being bicycle friendly.
Being Super White in Rome, Italy
I mean there’s really no way to change this but, if you have white skin and fair hair, Italians will know you are a tourist. One local said, “We often understand they’re tourists by their pale glow.”