I've been very lucky to travel in my life, both within the United States and abroad. Today I want to share 6 things I like to avoid wearing while on vacation so that I can fit in a little easier. Assimilating (by how you dress, speak and conduct yourself) will make you less easily targeted as a tourist, help you experience your destination as more of an insider rather than an outsider, and will ensure you don't get turned away from restaurants or important landmarks. I've linked everything mentioned down below, and like always thank you so much for watching! xxAudrey
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Hi everyone - thanks so much for watching!! I want to pop on here quickly and say that OBVIOUSLY this video is full of generalizations and I don't mean to imply that these are universal truths across all people and countries. Of course each place has individual and unique customs and traditions that should always be celebrated and respected. Labeling this video in a very generalized "Europe" helps with YouTube analytics - which is why you're seeing this video in the first place. Also, the tips I'm sharing here are just general dressing tips, that when coupled with respect, cultural sensitivity, a true interest in the place I'm visiting, and at least a few words and phrases have helped me have a more enjoyable, immersive experience. xx Audrey
@notformebeaky America didn't want to get involved into international issues prior to WW1 due to we had already involved a Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 , the Civil War 1860-65 and 30 years later the Spanish /American War 1890 , we had had enough of being in the trenches .
We viewed England's and Europe's conflicts , just that , not our business , until the sinking of an American ship by the Germans , and the attack of an American Naval Base by Japan .
We Americans are decently amiable , until someone pisses us off , then we take care of business ; you Brits , as well Germans and Japanese that found out in the worst way .
So far my encounters with Brits have been very positive , with the exception of you having your head up your arse .
@Beren c Descent? You mean DECENT?
I'm fine that your trying to make an argument for America bottling WW1 and 2, but I'm not sure why you can't see why the reasons you gave are laughable.
Having fought wars 80 years before is NOT an excuse.
@Beren c Listen, if you want to make a decent argument for America bottling WW1 and WW2 then I'm fine with that. If you use wars which took place up to 2 generations before WW2, then which ever way you look at it they are TERRIBLE reasons for not being in those wars at the beginning.
What a dumb video. First of all, Europe is not one tiny region goddamnit; people are really different based on what countries (or even regions within countries) that you are referring to. Second, let people wear whatever? If wearing gym clothes is comfortable for someone then let them? What a stupid idea it is to tell people that practical clothing is somehow detrimental to your travel experience!
If you don't want to look like a tourist, don't walk around with a free map pointing at things and looking lost. I always find that if you walk with purpose, IE if you look like you know where you are going you will blend in.
I am somewhat disturbed by how apologetic you have to be for saying that people should wear decent clothes, and generally not be dimwits. (It doesn't really matter you make "Europe" sound like a country. Compared to the size of the US, it very well could be.) I wonder whether a video on NOT burping after eating would also offend damn-I-am-entitled-to-my-burps folk. Anyway. Best regards from Prague, which is in Europe. Fingers crossed for your future endeavours, you seem like a very nice person.
Umm if you live in NY you can spot a European tourist. Super distressed jeans and rhinestones..... but just a generalization. Some would say cheesy but thats okay! You can express your self though your clothes any way you want.
Anyway it’s lame to be a classist the most import thing to me it to have tolerance and treat people with kindness and respect no matter what they are wearing.
Sara’s tips for travel are good though! People want to dress “nice” and also practical but need some help!:)
Great advice. I used to travel alot and made some of these mistakes in my early years. My cousin was required to wear a disposable paper poncho when we visited the Vatican as she was wearing a (modest) tank top which exposed her shoulders. Comfortable shoes are essential - whether on holidays or not 😃
I thought she was going to say something about wearing expensive jewelry, a lot of jewelry, an expensive-looking watch, designer handbag will make tourists a target for pick-pocketers or muggers but she talked about the obvious - wear comfortable shoes, don’t wear all-athletic clothes - useless info. We already know to dress comfortably, wear comfortable shoes while traveling....DUH!!! Utterly USELESS video that won’t be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, in won’t be taken at all.
I am fortunate enough to get to travel to countries in Europe usually every 2 years. To avoid ACTING like a tourist, I ask if whomever I am speaking to, speaks English and if not I pull up Google Translate because the world is not here to speak English for me. I am a quiet person so I speak softly and calmly. I have found that as long as I am dressing in a nice blouse, I can pair that with modest-length shorts, a nice skirt, etc. and that keeps me from standing out as much. I usually carry a pashmina with me in my handbag in case the church we are visiting requires something on the head, shoulders or if someone in my group needs a longer hemline. But being respectful goes the distance when traveling anywhere, particularly as an American. We are not well loved because of the idiot running this nation into the ground, because many have been loud and obnoxious - not to mention publicly drunken - disorderly, etc. so check your volume and your attitude before you get off the plane and be prepared to use Google translate, your best manners and your softest "inside" voice.
Jessica, your descriptions of how to behave - in Europe - are right on. As I read them, I'm also struck by the fact that ( as a baby boomer) this is how i was raised. Assume good intentions, listen to others, be polite & use your "inside" voice. Thanks
As not to stand out, I recommend backpacks in urban areas of Northern and Western Europe. Purses look foreign. We're not that posh/formal/conservative over here. We save purses for galas and weddings. Get a backpack.
thank you - just got back from Italy and I did a lot of these things, it really helped when we would be out all day and I could go to any restaurant and not feel underdressed. Also, it was fun to be able to step up the outfits, which I rarely do when at home.
Here's my thoughts on Americans and some others speaking so loud. It's become the trend for a good many years that you can't get away from piped in music. Usually pretty awful music. So far the only place I've been that doesn't have music is the bank, post offices, libraries and such, so far are music free.
In the past several years the volume keeps inching up. Now you can't even pump gas without having music blaring. Second, most buildings are poorly built with metal frame and plastic sheets. Just watch any video after a hurricane. This includes most restaurants. So, when it becomes even a little busy, the sound of dishes, and people talking, kids making kid noises etc. it echoes very badly and you have to keep talking louder and louder to converse.
Add when people are at home there's a lot of of noise, radio's, t.v.'s, animals, kids and people are talking loud over all that background noise. Add street noise, sirens, people talking outside stop and go traffic, well, the noise is endless. I think all this causes Americans to talk loudly out of habit. There's just no excuse for the appalling way people dress. It's shameful. Sorry but it isn't just Americans it's everywhere in every country. As are overweight people.
My husband bought me a vintage looking digital camera and I wore it around my neck in Hamburg and Paris-- like a real tourist. LOL. I think some younger people pointed to us and commented that we were tourists. I'm OK with that as long as they don't try to pickpocket us or harm us in any way.
You can dress how you want... snatching selfies and pictures of buildings, looking at sights gives you away. What's bad about that? Unless you're in one of the countries that charge tourists more. They'll detect you, once you talk.
I think Audrey's suggestions are great and she is very helpful to tourists or any person on any day. Having seen the video the question comes to mind: what is so wrong with "looking like a tourist"? - but do keep your wallet inaccessible. cheers
Excuse me American here hello. I lived in Key West for nine years and it attracts ALOT of Europeans. Let me tell you something they dress a complete wreck to the point we know they are Europeans. Mismatched shorts with a crazy shirt ugly hat crazy mismatched shoes and socks with shorts and nooo deodorant!! Smelly sweaty tourists from Europe in Key West Fl...who don't match and walk in front if your car because they think they are in a theme park not a real functioning town..Sooo check yourself before you talk about how Americans dress in YOUR country. Thank you for your time mabey Key West will look a little less gross. Bye .
I am from Russia, living in Europe about 10 years and to be honest all Europeans and Americans are actually looking like a homeless. They dont have any style, usually women are very difficult to distinguish from men, most of the time almost all women are without makeup, any hair style, sometimes even with dirty hair(!). Maybe, there are some fashionists in your culture, but Ive never seen them. If you will visit Russia (only big cities, in villages we have even worst situation with fashion then in USA and EU), you ll be very surprised to see a huge number of beautiful, well-groomed and stylish women everywhere. And this is not a secret that most of the man prefer Russian women due to their beauty, style and femininity, which American and European woman never had.
I would take these tips into account if I was going to Europe and I’ve been there many times. When I go all I really care about is comfort because I’m looking to see as much as I can and not have my feet killing me. Whenever I go on vacation no matter where I’m going my goal is see something new and a lot of it. I wear sneakers and semi nice clothing but nothing special.
Americans in Europe are like cute and noisy children, but a little naive and ignorant ( not all..... but a majority) they just can't get rid of this superficial way of life. This is only my personal point of view.
We just got back from Europe - Italy, Germany and Austria. Honestly, the fashion is not that different than U.S. and if you hear that they tend to dress up, disregard that. Simply not true. Saw plenty of very casual/relaxed citizens over there.
Thank you for sharing all of these suggestions with us, Audrey. (Although I will admit, I would not feel bad about being turned away from a restaurant named "The Two Magots"... I'm turning away from that one on my own!) There are so many options to be comfortable and not sloppy... Sloppy is for home, with the curtains drawn... and the lights out... :) Shannon A.
A very good reason someone should NOT look like a tourist is to avoid pickpockets, as mentioned in the video. It's sad how many tourists here get robbed (the worst is to lose your passport), just because they're such an obvious and too easy target. I'm a European too, and it still happened to me in another European country! :D
I have noticed a lot of europians comment about Americans visiting and being overly excited and what they think is fake nice. For most of us this is a once in a lifetime experience. We do not get a lot of vacation time contrary to popular belief. Also, traveling to Europe is very expensive. We are extremely thrilled to see your country, and we are genuinely excited to make your aquintance. I'm really surprised that this is a complaint.
I live in a "tourist trap" town in the UK and I can ALWAYS tell the tourists, wherever they come from - including other European countries - even if I don't hear them speak. Your advice is good for many other countries in Europe but in the UK we usually tend to slouch around in downbeat clothes (unless you stay in London, where just about anything goes, and don't venture out to the provinces) so most of the European tourists are far better dressed than us natives! One thing I've noticed about Americans is that many of the women wear tennis visors around town. That is a DEFINITE giveaway. DO NOT wear tennis visors in the streets of the UK unless you want to shout your American tourist status from the rooftops.
Sure europeans are less casual, but alot of peoole wear alot of leasure wear. I think french and italians dress the best, the brits the most quirky. I come from Sweden and live in Austria and must say women are a little more conservative in austria but they dress more diverse then sweden. Everyone looks the same in Sweden. Most are dressed in well fitting good clothing, mostly they are quite boring regardless of gender. I'd say Swedish men are dressed like american men if they wore it in a tighter fit and 20 % of the clothes being less casual. In Europe it's more working class and immigrants who do their makeup like Kylie and Kim. Middle class women wear pretty basic make up. Eastern europeans and brits are wearing more makeup the french and germans for example. ive seen more extreme styles in Vienna then sthlm. I'd say austrians are dressed more like their italian neighbors then their german. Scandinavians dress well but boring in general. We have some good fashions i'd say a cross between american and italian. I feel like Japanese and Korean are the most stylish right now right mix of casual and classy.
And here I always thought "Europeans" were classy and educated. I see that just like America the younger generations of Europe are brash, ignorant, obnoxious, under educated, snotty loud mouths who generalize and criticize, rather than listen and educate.
Its the New Yorkers that are loud. I mean look at Trump. Gee, Sooooo many Europeans on this "your a pee-on" travel show. You're all Sooooo right. Oh, those Americans are just Sooooo LOUD. Like O ma God It's like their speaking in ALL CAPS all the time. And you'd think they'd learn our language. I mean, like while in Europe, please speak European. It's only fair. And all you Americans remember, we "Europeans" don't tip. So please don't tip our waiters. Next, waiters will think they count in society. Because in Europe, our society is SoooooCiety. I'm sorry, am I typing too loudly. I mean we Europeans have SUCH sensative hearing. Cioa... Audrey, it's a nice video with good ideas. As a soft spoken American in Europe I was bashed for wearing sneakers and jeans. Now they bash for trying to "fit in" I guess there are nice folks everywhere and there are loud snobs everywhere. Thanks
Just got back from a week in Germany and a week in Belgium at the end of May. Your video was spot on and helped me so much. I would add two things. 1) Everywhere I went, EVERYONE wore a coat outside, and I mean everyone. It didn’t matter how warm it became. They ranged from full-on anoraks, puffies, wool coats, trench coats to light-weight shells, sweaters or LL Bean-like gear. No one was ever out in just a shirt or dress. 2) All the women wore scarves, which I found to be a terrific way to wear a lighter cardigan and stay warmer at the same time. They’re easy to take off when you’re too warm, and can dress up a plainer outfit as well. Scarves also can keep your coat and sweaters cleaner and they can be hand washed. It’s true, it’s all about the layering. I still couldn’t go without my running shoes because my feet needed the extra cushioning, but they weren’t white (turquoise) and with black jeans, black cardigan and colorful shirt scarf combo, they weren’t so noticeable. I took my dark trench and a cross body bag and it all worked perfectly.
My father was in the Royal Air Force and we lived abroad in many places. When we first arrived in a country we were always given a handbook on how to behave so we wouldn't upset the locals. My parents were stationed in Germany back in the mid-70s but visited the Netherlands on vacation during that time. They were in a bar on a sweltering hot day when a group of Americans bustled in. One said loudly "gee, it's hot in here, don't you have air conditioning?". To which one of the Dutchmen in the bar replied laconically "yah, we open the windows"! I was on a train in France a few years ago, travelling from Le Havre to Paris via Rouen (where we had to change). I'd sat down and was looking around me while waiting for the train to start when a group of American tourists came in and said loudly "does this train go to ROWAN?". Either none of the other people in the carriage spoke English or they didn't bother to reply. I said that, yes it did go to ROO-ON and they sat down all around me and we had a pleasant (if rather loud) conversation for the next hour or so!
To all the people getting angry about the generalization on “Europe” most people going on a trip to that area will visit more then one country, unless someone asks the details, you’re not going to list 5 country’s when you could answer, I’m going to Europe. Obviously there are exceptions to what she’s saying, just like you might tell someone to pack for really cold weather for winter in Canada, when in some provinces (British Columbia especially) it’s a slim chance it will get below -3, and it only snows once a year. People need to stop being offended over everything, she wasn’t being disrespectful so who cares that it may not be applicable in all areas.
This is very central european, I feel like the majority of this video is basically "how to dress like a parisian". But then again Europe has a continent w many cultures and shouldn't be summarised in one video. Like Norwegians as a whole love athletic wear and we even wear hiking gear casually.
Pinch of salt indeed. Active wear/backpacks everywhere in London (tourist or not). Comfortable shoes yes (which is a no brainer) but why look like you've just been to the gym when jeggings are just as comfortable - unless you steer going to the gym. Baseball caps aren't usually worn here true, sunglasses or a nicer hat looks a lot better.
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