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Tips for travelers to blend in with the crowd

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Dress locally smart

Dress locally smart

When you're a traveler, the first thing that mostly gives you away is your outfit--chuck that backpack in your hotel room and go out with just the bare essentials. Further, look up into the sort of clothes that are considered casual at the place you're visiting and clothe yourself in it. Won't attract attention at all!

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Know your way

Know your way

Its fun to get lost, explore and ask for directions. But this fun is a dead giveaway to your tourist identity. Spend a good amount of time in researching the local maps and famous to-visit places so you can confidently travel to places just as the locals do.

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Learn the local lingo

Learn the local lingo

Learning words like Hi, How are you, Thanks and Bye aren't honestly enough! Try learning a few more common phrases that you might use for your journeying like, 'How much is the fare for the Super Express train that arrives at one pm?'

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Clicking must be cut down

Clicking must be cut down
Once people see your camera constantly in action, or hanging around your neck, you are labeled as a traveler immediately. It is true that you can create many memories by clicking pictures but if you don't want really to attract unwanted attention, take a picture of what you want and whisk away your camera back in.
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Currency counts, too!

Currency counts, too!

Make sure you know well before about how the monetary system works at where you go. Never fumble with your cash or cards and reveal yourself as a foreign tourist.

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Ditch them fancy shoes

Ditch them fancy shoes
When traveling, a pair of solid shoes is definitely a must. Then again, those solid traveling/walking shoes are the very things that will give you away as a traveler. So try venturing out in a pair of flats or normal shoes according to the terrain you want to travel in!
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Ditch the guidebook

Ditch the guidebook
This tip is already making waves all around the traveling world. And it's with good reason.
Ditch the guidebook and go around on your own route, ask around for what the people walking in the streets prefer: Where do they eat? Which place has cheap yet quality things? Let the local people there be your guide as much as possible. Don't be dictated by a little handbook crammed with pictures!
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Look up from the map

Look up from the map
Explore. Live out your travel. Get lost, wander around, and only then will you be able to fully realize the pleasures of traveling. (Though this might turn out to be dangerous at times).
Lift up your head from the map, look up at the wide land in front of you and start marching ahead.
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Live with what you are given

Live with what you are given

When you're traveling and want to blend in with the locals, it means you can't demand five-star attention. Be it a rough mat or a roofless hut, whatever resources you have at hand are what you will have to use. Without complaining, that is. Remember, a bad workman always blames his tools.

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How about a homestay?

How about a homestay?

Yes, we tourists head to the hotel the first thing we land; nothing can be more exotic and comfortable! Well, that sure is cool. But ever considered staying with the locals of the area you are in? No? Well go ahead, that would be a great choice! What better way to fully indulge in travel than getting to stay with the local people and learning about their customs?!