How To NOT Look Like A Tourist | What To Wear In Europe

How To NOT Look Like A Tourist | What To Wear In Europe

(mellow music) – Hi, everybody, welcome
back to my channel. My name is Audrey, and
today’s video is all about how not to look like a
tourist while on vacation. I’ve been very lucky in my life, and I’ve gotten to travel a lot within the United States
and then also abroad, and each time that I’ve traveled, I’ve not only had a great experience but I’ve also learned a lot. So today, I wanna share some
of the things that I’ve learned in the form of 10 things you should try to avoid
wearing while on vacation. I think that by doing so, you’ll leave yourself less susceptible to being targeted as a tourist, which I think ultimately helps you have a more immersive experience. It also prevents you from being targeted for pick-pocketing and
other forms of crime. And then, also, I think some of these tips will be valuable for ensuring
that you are able to visit every landmark that you want to, so you won’t be turned away
from churches, for example. And then, before we hop into
it though, I do wanna say, as with everything that I
recommend on this channel, always take it with a grain of salt. Definitely adjust things accordingly to suit you and your personal taste and your personal preferences, and don’t ever feel like I’m telling you what you cannot wear because by all means, wear what you want. These are just some of the things that I think are helpful to keep in mind to make your trip overall more enjoyable. So, before we hop into it, I post two new videos
every week, if you’re new, and if you hit that red subscribe button and the notification bell, you’ll be notified each
time I upload a new video. So, with all of that said,
let’s hop right into it. First up is athletic
wear from head to toe, so gym clothes, athletic
sneakers, Nikes with laces, sweatshirts, sweatpants,
anything that screams gym I think is a nice thing
to avoid from head to toe, especially while on vacation. In the United States, we
tend to be very casual, and I think there’s definitely
a time and a place for that. And even with the rise
in the athleisure trend, you’ll still be hard
pressed to find people wearing that look from head
to toe while traveling. I think one of the main reasons being that it’s hard to
transition a look like that from sightseeing into dinner. And I think that while you
are out and about on vacation, you want to be able to go to
as many places as possible, so I think by dressing up slightly at the beginning of the day, you can then more easily
transition that look through to night. So, swap your sweatshirts
for a fitted, classic sweater in maybe cotton-wool or cashmere,
depending on the season. Instead of yoga pants, maybe
wear a nice pair of slim pants, with belt loops is always a nice addition. You know I love belts, so I think that really,
instantly dresses things up. And then in place of your
traditional tennis sneakers, swap those for a slip-on sneaker
or more of a city sneaker. So, I’ve got a pair of
Lacostes that you know I love, but something in that vein will be very comfortable,
very easy to wear, but also won’t look like
you’re headed to the gym. So, along those same lines, baseball caps, especially those with
American teams on them are usually a dead giveaway
that you are a tourist, even though I’ve definitely
seen more of those in recent years than in past
years while traveling abroad. I think that as a general rule, try to swap that, leave it at home. If you do wanna cover your
eyes and protect your head then maybe opt for a
more classic hat style. I’ll link some of my
favorite ones down below and here on the screen for you, but I think that it’s just a
nice, very easy swap to make that will help you fit
in a little bit better. Next up is backpacks. Now, backpacks are very
easy to travel with. They’re very comfortable
’cause they’re hands-free, and carrying something on
your back is a lot easier than carrying something
on your arm, for example. But I think that when traveling, especially when visiting
a very populated city, you should avoid a backpack because it’s very easy
to slip in and out of, so you can get pick-pocketed very easily. And I think that instead, you
should opt for a cross-body seems to be my personal preference because I can wear it hands-free, as well, but I can swing it
around to the front of me so that I can keep my
hands on it and guard it. It’s something that I learned
from living in New York, and I think that it’s definitely something that’s worthwhile to apply across all major cities and
then just travel in general. It’s a lot easier. You can also reach in quicker
and get whatever you need, passport, money, whatever it is. And I think that it’s
just a much better way to approach carrying your
very important belongings that you can’t afford to
lose, especially on vacation. Now, my next two tips
are probably my favorite from this entire list, and
they both apply to footwear. So, the first is to
avoid uncomfortable shoes and high heels in that general vein. So, you’ll definitely see
people out and about in heels, and you’ll definitely see natives from wherever you’re
visiting wearing high heels, but I think as a general
rule when traveling and you are going to be walking a lot, try to pack comfortable footwear
that is still nice looking. So, you don’t wanna go too casual, but you also don’t wanna kill your feet, and especially if you’re not familiar with walking long distances and you don’t tend to walk a
lot in your day-to-day life and then you go on vacation
and you do walk a lot. Your feet are probably gonna hurt anyway, so give yourself a fighting chance by starting with comfortable footwear. So, a few of my favorites when
traveling are sleek sneakers. I try to avoid running or gym shoes like I mentioned earlier, and instead I’ll opt for a
very sleek lace-up sneaker. I have my eye on a pair
of slip-ons, as well, because I think it’s great for travel, and those also look slightly more dressy. And then, also, I really love
ankle boots for this reason. I think that it really
helps secure your foot and makes sure that you
don’t wobble around, but it also gives you
a little bit of height if you pick one with a small stacked heel. And then I also love wedges, so if you do wanna dress up slightly and you wanna wear a heeled
option, try to opt for a wedge. I think that it’s really
important to keep in mind that most of the places you will visit outside of the United States
are older than the places here, so the cobblestone streets
tend to be a problem. Things tend to be uneven, and you don’t wanna be
wobbling around in stilettos and potentially hurt yourself, so I always opt for a wedge. I find that it’s a lot easier to walk in and a lot safer overall. So, the next one in this category is to try to avoid flip flops. Now, outside of some beach resorts and especially outside the United States, you won’t really find people wearing flip flops out and about, so you run the risk of being
turned away from places. Oftentimes flip flops are far too casual for most places that you may want to go, so you don’t wanna be turned away from a lunch restaurant, for example, because you are wearing
inappropriate footwear. So, instead, I recommend
opting for a classic sandal, something that looks slightly
dressier, a little sleeker. I think that it’s easier to dress up and then ultimately make you look more presentable in the long run so you do avoid being turned away. Because no one wants that to happen. You want to be able to go to as many places as you
want while on vacation, and I find that choosing
appropriate footwear really plays a big part in all of that. While on vacation, you’re
bound to run into weather, so whether that’s rain or sleet or just gross conditions in general, and the inclination is often to pick up a windbreaker
on the side of the street from whatever seems to be available, and I find that that tends
to be a dead giveaway that you are not local. So, instead, I recommend bringing along something appropriate
for weather conditions. So whether that be a nice trench coat or something that is a wax based cotton, I think that anything
that’s more waterproof is a great option so you
have something on hand to protect you from the elements so you don’t have to
resort to a very cheap, plasticky looking overcoat. I think that it’s something
that’s often overlooked and something that will
make a world of difference in the comfort of your overall trip if you are equipped for
varying weather conditions. I touched on this next one
briefly a little bit ago, but I think it’s important to be mindful of the dress code in
general when traveling and specifically when
it comes to churches. So, oftentimes, if you are
visiting places in Europe with older, iconic churches, you wanna visit them, but
you have to be mindful that they do have a dress code. So, oftentimes, you aren’t
allowed to show your shoulders or have a hemline that
goes above your knee, so be mindful of that when
packing, then also when dressing. So, if you are planning
on stopping into a church every time you pass one and you wanna be prepared every day, then it might be a good
idea to pack longer hemlines and trousers and jeans and
then always bring a cover-up. So, you can absolutely
bring your sleeveless and strapless items, just make sure you have
a cardigan or a shawl so that you’re prepared. And that’s everything. I hope that you’ve liked this
and you found it helpful, and I’d love to know in
the comments down below if you have anything to add and then like always, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in my next one. Have a great day! (mellow music)

80 thoughts on “How To NOT Look Like A Tourist | What To Wear In Europe

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. All these costs in 30+ degrees Celsius! And toss high heels! Who are the people who love self torture¿? How much find in those two observations ?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. My daughter is going to Belgium for a year with Rotary Youth Exchange. We live in the USA. Do you know if it is common for students (high school) to wear a backpack?

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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!:)

  9. such a soothing voice!good video!I live in the statesvand work from home and 99% of my daily outfits are legging,tshirt and sneakers.

  10. I live in norway and the asian and american people wear like big coats and scarfs and I only wear a sweater and jeans, its not THAT cold here, comon!

  11. DO NOT wear a beret in France – it will scream "I'm an American tourist trying hard to be chic and fit in" and you'll stick out like a sore thumb

  12. Who really cares how we look. Have you taken a look at some of them? Why is it bad to look like a tourist?

  13. It’s not about what you wear.
    It’s about how you act.
    TIP: Always, always, be polite…..everybody likes this!

  14. 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.

  15. Honestly, I’m American and I wish people would quit wearing the head to toe work out clothes here too. I never wear running shoes, but I do love my flip flops. ?

  16. 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.

  17. There are plenty of people all over Europe who wear nothing but track suits and athletic clothing. They're often the ones picking your pocket.

  18. It sets my teeth on edge when I see British tourists in Spain wearing football tops and shorts. ? Having said that, I remember looking at my dad in the 80s during a family holiday to Tenerife, and realising that he ticked every tourist box. Socks and sandals, blue cotton shorts, a checked short-sleeved shirt, floppy hat, camera around the neck, and an ice cream cone in hand. Bless his dear heart, I miss him. ?

  19. Could you please do a video about what to wear SPECIFICALLY to the Vatican or other churches?

    So many tourists ignore signs and still arrive inappropriately. How hard is it to cover your shoulders and wear dresses that cover your knees 🙁 Or they wear a dress with an open back or hemline above the knee. Not hard to be respectful!

  20. Sorry to tell you this, I am live in Germany and travelled all over europe No ones gives the fuck of what other people wears. Respect and abide the law is what matters to us

  21. Loved the video! A lesson of common good sense in street style that can be used almost everywhere in the world, not just Europe 🙂

  22. Loved your video and have subscribed. You are honest and knowledgeable and I love your attitude! Thank you so much ! ?

  23. I think your advice is excellent particularly regarding footwear and backpacks. I am Canadian and have traveled quite extensively over several decades. Certainly travel wear, because of the way the locals have changed, has loosened up over the years but your photo examples clearly illustrate some excellent small changes for a more polished look.
    As for the comments involving US travellers, there is a lot of generalizing. I suggest that all travellers in every city tend to be loud but after all they are on vacation and probably very excited and feeling quite uninhibited. Rather like a party with good friends and/or family. Certainly in Vancouver, a very popular tourist destination in Canada, we see all ethnicities and some are very soft spoken even when excited, some are not. So what, life is about living with other people and acceptance and kindness are desperately needed for everyone’s happiness. I love to hear people enjoying and exclaiming over my City.

  24. I'm Greek American and the tourists that I see here in Greece can be interesting..
    Older Americans seem to have no fashion sense whatsoever-not all but many stand out and not in a good way. Young American women dress in an identical manner it seems..they don't seem to care what other people think and their hair looks wet as if they just jumped out of the shower. Also cheap dresses and flat shoes seem to be the popular choice instead of rocking some sexy heels. The men seem more stylish and look better than most which is interesting…
    Don't want to offend anyone many people here can look like a fleabag and there are many women from the states that are style conscious it just seems that the majority doesn't give a shit about how they look!!

  25. Dead giveaway that you are a tourist….you frequent churches, museums, palaces….can I ask why everything you say is punctuated with a slight giggle and nearly breaking into full blown laughter? Is wardrobe baiting really that hilarious? Just a side note…so many countries and dress codes…your suggestions scream ,”Hi,…I am an an American trying to look very international.

  26. beautiful handmade Mexican clothes can be worn in Europe, America and Asia and will always leave great impressions

  27. Back-packs on American students.Spanish students wear big handbags and the rest of the books,notebooks are caried on your arm.(I am American,by the way).

  28. The clothes are not too important- you can tell Americans straightaway by their loud voices/squealing "OMG I LOVE THAT"!!!/ crazy hand gestures….extreme amounts of ice in their drinks…ice cream in soda (???)…toxic positivity (we prefer the resting bitch face/serious face, thank you)…unhealthy portions and junk food…smoking everywhere…cheesy statements/butthurt attitude (most of the Europeans value honesty, you know)…not doing their homework and learning about the country they want to visit (my personal pet peeve: "Wales is in England"…it's THE most.offesive.thing.ever! you can say to a Welshman!) or learning how to say "hello" and "thank you" in the language of that country…expecting everybody cheers at their country's politics (absolutely NOT!)…excessive tipping…asking if they can pay in dollars…not taking their shoes off when visiting somebody's house…and many more

  29. this is soooo true,…americans are loud and very casual even dinner you will find men in their khaki shorts,large oversize t-shirts and slippers or sport shoes….but atleast they smile more than us .

  30. Dear Audrey, You Are A Gem(!); Giving Masculine Men-Of-Elegance-W/O-Pretention (Such As MySelf), Both, An Invaluable 'Lift' (In Multiple Ways), And, That Women Like Unto Yourself (Embodying The Qualities Of: Charm-Grace-Elegance-And-Lovliness!), Are Still 'Out-There', Giving Us Hope! MERCIE!!

  31. Mcdonalds, KFC, Pizzahut or Sizzlers are not classified in Europe as "restaurants" which usually have table linnen, steel cutlery, porcelein dining plates, real glass for beverages and you don't self serve or queue to order…..Europeans call these snack bars. So put on some appropriate clothing please.

  32. Hi did you know that wearing a cross body bag is actually very dangerous. Because when a criminal runs alongside of you or if you’re in a European city and they’re on a scooter and they grab your bag instead of just taking the bag they can snap your neck and you can be seriously injured so please consider that when you’re thinking about a cross body bag your bag may be more secure but if someone tries to steal it you will be really hurt

  33. Fantastic video! As someone who has traveled a lot, these are the peeeerfect reminders. Headed to Budapest for a month and needed a refresher. Luckily I already bought two of the shoe types you recommended ?

    PS From one YouTuber from another – you clearly know what you’re doing ? keep it up!

  34. Oh so wrong, tennis shoes a definite day must. All that walking! I would say stay away from rhinestones on your clothes and bright colors,satin jackets. ? that screams USA. Easiest way to dress, stay with a neutral palette and soft tailored style that you can layer.

  35. Its so funny, but now that bucket hats and socks with sandals are so popular everyone looks like a tourist when they are at home!

  36. It s impossibile to hide an american tourist . They are everywhere out of context , really strangers and far from italian habits

  37. Your tips are quite nice, a sort of gentleman's tips (m/f) on how to travel and disturb the local vibes as little as possible. Tourists… Yes, definitely the way they dress. But much more the way they walk, move their body, use body language, how they look around (most in awe and wonder). Beyond that, the shape of your face, blue eyes, blond hair etc. With a bit of training you can spot the country where people come from just by watching them walk and talk, without hearing them even. (Europe is more than 1 country btw.)

  38. Thank you Ms. Audrey! Your shared information is very helpful for people like me. Hopefully we could travel in Europe someday. And I also like your kindness. God bless.

  39. I'm British and it's very true about the weather. Though I would say, re appropriate dress in churches, you can get away with a lot if you modify your behaviour accordingly. For visitors from the US, you will get away with a lot more if you keep your voices down, be deferent, and don't crowd people's space. You can get away with a lot more that way, whether or not you're wearing flip flops. Also, re raincoat, do pick up a camping type fold up mac as you can pop it in your bag and weather can go from sunny and warm to raining the next. Enjoy!

  40. What's wrong in looking like a tourist other than chances are you could get robbed. But that can happen to anyone if one is not carefull. Visited over 40 countries and dressed to my comfort, being mindful of not wearing shorts in middle eastern countries and covering shoulders in European churches. Other than that crocs rock for me. I would rather have stares than blisters. A lot of comments from ignorant about Americans being loud, have you heard people from some European countries, and they admit it too.

  41. I knew a woman who lived in her workout clothes. She and her husband owned a gym, and exercise was a huge part of her life. But she could have easily worn proper clothing during the day and changed into her athleticwear before her workouts. She said the only time she wore real clothing was on the rare occasion when she'd go out on a date with her husband. It always bugged me, because she was a tall, beautiful woman with a phenomenal figure who wore nothing but Lululemon, when she could have pulled off any look.

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