I am one of those people that hates to look like a tourist when traveling to a new destination. I know that sometimes it is hard not to when you are taking pictures of every little thing, taking out the map and asking people questions. However, you can disguise yourself a bit by using the following tips:
Be fashion forward
Unstrap the camera from your neck and ditch the cargo khakis. In order to blend in with the locals, you’ll have to look like one. Take cues from the fashions you see others wearing-- If you’re visiting a modest city, steer clear of string bikinis, but if you’re going to Miami, pack as many as you can!
Zig when others zag
Tourist attractions tend to be busy at peak times of the year. Find out the off-season for attractions and visit at that time. Not only will you steer clear of crowds, you’ll also have a more intimate experience.
Chat with the local bartender
Let your bartender or server know that you’re looking for places that aren’t as “touristy.” They’ll appreciate your curiosity and may even invite you to join them for a night out!
Get out of your comfort zone
It might be easier to stick with your normal routine, but it sure won’t be as fun. Try foods you can’t pronounce and learn the local dance moves. If you’re visiting New York City, learn to ride the subway.
Take advantage of discounts
Never pay full price while booking your vacation. Websites such as BestofVegas.com, BestofNewYork.com and BestofOrlando.com offer competitive rates on hotels, attractions, shows, nightlife and tours along with a knowledgeable customer service team providing personal assistance 365 days a year.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
Source: Entertainment Benefits Group