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
You forgot to mention pajamas and sweat pants outside of the house or hotel room.... it's absolute tabu in every country except USA.
It's actually so awkward that you have to tell Americans how to dress... looks like they don't know good stuff and have no clue about style and class... they prefer comfort over elegance and beauty. But it's ok in USA among Americans only
I hear what you are saying,but I am a bit confused. My experience has been that European youths are wearing many American clothing brands and styles. I do agree that there is NO place for sloppy or immodest clothing while travelling.
When Europeans travel to other European countries, like Germans or Brits to Italy, Spain or France, you immediately recognize them as tourists. Often not by clothing, but by behavior. So wear whatever you like, because even at home most Europeans just dress to not be naked.
There is one exception though, concerning baseball caps: Please do NOT wear a New York Yankees cap, even if you are an actual NYY fan. 90 % of baseball caps worn in Europe are NYY caps, and 99 % of Europeans wearing them have no idea that the NYY are a baseball team but think the NY simply stands for New York City. It's annoying.
I had read that wearing white socks would make you stand out in Paris and so when my husband and I went, I teased him because I could spot him so easily in white socks. The next day he wore black socks and black shoes and within 5 minutes of walking around someone stopped and asked him directions in French😂😂😂
Why people get annoyed when ppl say Europe.....we know its not a big country but generally when we go to Europe we visit 4 to 5 countries or some even the whole of European countries so its easier to say Europe that to mention each and every country ...its just simple
...we get offended at everything
I found a completely ordinary sweater on a beach in Spain when I forgot mine on a walk out down the coast, I thought it looked awful but mostly everyone said 'Hola !' Or 'Buenos Ardes' and were warmer than when I'd be wearing my own clothes. So much fun.
Short pants - that's how you spot an American. Even women prefer to wear pants ridiculously short somewhere between knees and ankles. American men wear their formal suit trousers so high you can see almost the whole of the sock.
People, trousers have to reach the hills of your shoes.
Almost all the time Americans are the worst dressed people, not just as tourists - business meetings, dining out.
Audrey, thanks for your insight information, I'm sometime soon retiring and one of my to line-item is "To Travel" as much as I can; your information has been very helpful and I will take it in consideration. I can follow your advise although I'm a male your information is totally geared to female so one line of observation will be if you have the same information for male if you have the means for it. I know it is easier for you since you are a female to give out female information. Once again, thanks for your assistance and input on traveling information, I will use it and forward it to families and friends. Alberto.
I think the clothing tips here are spot on. I lived in Sweden for 5 years (and learned the language) and during that time traveled around Europe with my kids. When you have four kids 7 and under it’s kind of impossible to blend in BUT we did dress appropriately, tried to keep our voices down and asked our kids to do the same, and tried to be respectful of the local customs and rules.
As for Americans being “rude” and not understanding the culture, per the comments of many, here are a couple thoughts. First, the fact that Americans do travel and do spend money expressed a curiosity about the world which is needed. Travel broadens the mind and so it’s a good thing that they travel. Second, from my time living in other countries I have learned that we all have cultural codes that are so deeply imbedded in ourselves that we often don’t see them as taught nor do we examine them closely. Americans are acting according to their cultural code as are Swedes, the French, Italians, etc. Yes Americans should be more respectful, thoughtful, flexible, and careful in the places they are visiting. But we could all be a little softer to one another in our expectations. Case in point: while in Sweden at a formal dinner where I was sitting with a mixed group of Swedes and foreigners. The foreigners, including myself, were trying their darnedest to follow the dining customs that were innate to the Swedes. We wanted to be respectful to our hosts and to the country. My dinner partner, a Swede, was patient with me as he explained the rules and expectations for the toasts and dinner. Because of his tutelage I was able to perform as was expected and I learned so that I could attend other formal dinners in the future. Across the table sat another Swede who spent the evening telling a table full of foreigners how rude we were in general and how inconsiderate our behavior was. The contrast has stuck with me for over a decade. Not all foreigners/tourists want to be rude. We want to understand the rules and abide by them. We want to be respectful but we also need to be taught and the patience and kindness of others goes a long way in teaching and establishing better international relationships.
As for Finland: sportswear for young is OK; backpack is traditional here for those who work; raincoats are also normal, there are plenty variants in our shops) Generally the behavior stands out, tourists look quite lost)
Cool tips for those who are planning their first trip to Europe. Most of the capitals in Europe are at the same time business centers and tourists destination so, the best look is precisely something in the middle. 👍 And for those you find this tips to basic, believe my they aren't. I live in Lisbon and I see Americans with tourist signs on top of them all the time 🤣🤣
What do you expect from an average family of 4 persons to carry so many pair of shoes and clothing...especially when there is a limited baggage weight per person from far off places like Asia....not practical at all
Although I have some Caucasian features but its obvious that I would be unmistakeably seen as a foreigner in Europe unless I'm going to Southern Spain where my features wouldn't stand out that much but I think even there I would be seen as half-Spanish half-something else.
Don't worry girl. Nobody would think twice about how you look. Depending on the country, there are very very different ethnicities. We have blond-, black-, brown- and red haired people as well as white, brown and black skinned people.
Look, we all have that image in our head of what Americans sound like, act like, look like, etc. Im an American, and yes, there are obnoxious a-hole Americans who ruin for the rest of us. I wear jeans, walking or hiking boots, and whatever im comfortable in. So just stop already...
I live in Zurich where a lot of people get around on a bicycle. Therefore you will see many of us wearing backpacks or messenger bags. The key is style: Wear an "urban" backpack, not something that looks as if you're going on a hike.
Sweatpants and other overly sporty attire is regarded as low class. Flip flops are only for very hot days, in my work place they are even against the dress code.
Just in general I have always wondered why people tend to put on ugly clothes when they go on vacation. You can be stylish AND comfortable! Don't you want to look nice on your holiday pictures? :-)
There's another comment about being a loud American, but here I go. I am now American but I was born in Mexico, while visiting Teotihuacán these white guys came into the SACRED place and one of them started yelling and he assumed I did not speak English so he proceeded to say something offensive about me. His friends pretended he didn't say anything and I did ignore him too; I regretted not confronting him but as time went by I am glad I didn't. I would have embarrassed him in front of his friends. Please! If you go to a different country try to behave like a decent person and do not asume that because you are going to Mexico, or any other country, people don't speak English. Just be decent for the love of God.
This should be titled "How to not look like an American". It lists all the staples of US wear.
On a serious note, super handy for a summer visit of the Vatican: an elegant wrap skirt that hits below the knees. Wrap over shorts or summer skirt to visit, then easily remove again to be comfortable in the heat.
I AM a tourist. Even though I lived in Switzerland for 4 years and now live in Mexico. What's wrong with people knowing I'm visiting their beautiful continent of Europe, with many countries? I'm more focused on smiling and being courteous and respectful of local customs. Just sayin'.
Paula Elliott you don’t want to look too much like a tourist in Europe, because pickpocketers in large cities such as Paris and Barcelona, will easily recognise you as their target. also, I find this trying to blend in with the locals will give you a more authentic experience. so no, there’s nothing wrong with looking like a tourist here, but some prefer the travel experience without the hassle of street sellers and all of that stuff
+Montana GrizzFan Wear what you want in Europe. You will be amazed how many young"EUROPEANS"are NY Yankees fans with all of their baseball caps and other teams sports gear you will see on the streets of any big city in Europe. They may not like "AMERICANS" but they sure love "AMERICAN CULTURE" (music, sports, movies, celebrities, fast food, etc.)
I wonder if that counts for the Americans who helped free Europe in two world wars from evil? Actually, it was one world war that began with the Franco Prussian War and ended in 1945 with a few rest periods in-between.
I’m an American currently in Italy for an extended time and surprisingly, so many Italians keep telling me how much they dislike Brits. Unsolicited opinions btw. Guess they’re just offering their. rankings of native English speakers??
When in Rome / Florence avoid wearing T-shirts with logos, running shoes, shorts or bermudas. I know the natives will frown on you. Always carry a summer sweater to cover your shoulders , and stick to neutrals. Italians wear black, grey & kaki . And always buy a few scarves & fashionable shades once you’re there. However, I’ve just been told that fancy running shoes are the new wave with the younger generation in Rome now. And yes, keep your voice down. Buon Viaggio!
Audrey, what is amazing is that the Americans don't know how to dress and have to be taught and shown how to dress. If they saw for a moment how awful they look...but think that is a lost cause. Too many generations now since the days of dressing well...dating to the 60s...all started there. you are right all the way. Unfortunately I can't wear pretty leather shoes anymore. Time marches on and shoes with rubber soles are for me now. Good for you !! Congratulations !! Hope everyone watches.
There's nothing wrong with looking like a tourist if you are one. You're there to enjoy and have a good time. Just be respectful of other cultures and don't act like a fool, and you'll be fine. It's only if you're moving there that you don't want to "look like a tourist".
Hi Audrey. Thank you for making this video. My question is do you the brand name of the jacket you have showing where a women is seeing hunched over pulling her coat by its lapel. Its the second 2nd sport coat after the trench coat at 7:03 minutes. Thank you.
I would say just wear whatever you want, no one cares. Be comfortable. Maybe being less loud would make you seem less of a tourist. And Europe includes many countries. Swedes, Germans, Italians, all look like tourists when they come to Portugal.
I purchased 3 BRIGHT red and orange rolley suitcases because I’d read that if they’re boldly colored, they would be less likely to be stolen .... stupid in hindsight...
In Matera, Italy, we were targeted by fake police who tried to act as tourist before claiming to be undercover cop and flashing a fake badge all too quickly, then asking to see our passports. When my husband asked why ... since they just asked us for “nice hotels and places to get a drink”... then after we asked why, the woman part of this duo typed into google translate “so nothing bad happens to you” ....... um what??? So that’s when my husband just said, I can’t help you. They looked at each other and said ok, then left lmao still wonder what they were planning to do....???! Any thought on this, anyone?
I over packed and also dressed ridiculously loud with long, eccentric dresses, wedges or full athletic wear and gym shoes lol looking back, we get stood out hauling too squealing kids around everywhere too, no stroller, very talkative .... in English 😳🤦♀️
I love all of these tip! However, because i travel with kids and any way I can free up my hands is not s plus, but A MUST, I would recommend a reasonably sized backpack (most travel as carry on for free) You can also choose a purse in backpack style ad well and wear these in the front!
How do you recommend carrying a rain coat and/or cover up if you’re not carrying a backpack? Most cross-body purses can’t handle more than basic purse items. I ended up carrying a stylish leather backpack in Europe so I could bring those types of things with me during the day and transition as needed. But I was always worried about being pick-pocketed or my bag straps getting cut and the bag stolen. Thank you.
I'm a European and I just wear jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt, a hoodie and a biker jacket when I travel. Oh and a backpack! Pretty much the same as at home. I usually fly by low-cost airlines and there's only so much you can fit into the free 40x30x20 bag.
It’s not what you wear, it’s the behaviour that giving tourists away. IMHO
And to avoid being robbed it would be a good idea not to show off packs of money and generally keep an eye on your belongings - just a common sense really, works internationally ;) modest, comfortable outfit. Try to research the area first, so you’ll naturally look more calm and confident.
I'm an American woman who's traveled, and I can say that American women have gotten louder and louder over the last 30 years. A large majority of them over-emote laughter and are unlady-like. Whatever happened to subtle charm, class, gentleness, and being observant? I'm an independant woman that applauds the pioneer-spirit in women, but ladies (?), chill on the raucous laughter heard 4 tables away in a restaurant. And after 2 glasses of wine you tend to become, well, extroverted and manly.
Eh, you're quite wrong on that. American mannerisms really stick out in Europe. Living in a tourist hot spot I can tell you Americans are notoriously loud and the only people louder than Americans are Israelis.
I went to Paris many years ago and wore my hair in braids, even though I was, at the time, a young adult. This is acceptable in San Francisco where I live as "trendy" and youthful. Boy did I get stares. I totally understand the need to fit in in order not to get pick-pocketed, but it seems a shame that conforming to a dress code is viewed as a positive. I, personally, value the freedom to express oneself creatively through dress. Isn't that what the French fashion houses are all about? You'd think Parisians would be more fashion forward rather than conservative in their dress.
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