Traveling to a new corner of the world is one of the most exciting, exhilarating experiences we can think of! We’re big fans of immersion when on the road: blending in, going with the flow, and seeing and doing things as the locals do when possible. It’s a mindset you need to embrace, and it can really add to your vacation.
Here are some of our top tips for traveling like a local, no matter where in the world you are.
1. Do Your Homework And Plan Ahead
Want to fade into the background? Make sure you do a bit of research before you arrive at your destination. Know a few words and phrases in the local language, be familiar with the culture and customs, and have an idea of what you’d like to see each day. This will give you a sense of direction and purpose — especially if it’s your first time visiting a city or country. You’ll have the confidence you need to power through each day like a pro.
2. Keep It Neutral
When packing your bags, leave gear featuring your favorite team’s logo at home, as well as anything else that screams “I’m not from here!” Keeping your vacation wardrobe neutral, comfortable, and practical is a good bet. Don’t bother with excessive jewelry, either.
A few simple, classic pieces are all you’ll need and will make you less of a target for thieves. A long scarf is a terrific accessory to consider bringing along: In a snap, it can double as a shoulder drape or head covering. When in doubt, bring black. It’s the easiest color to mix and match, and chances are it’s what everyone else will be wearing as well.