Have you ever traveled to a city and felt like everyone was staring at you or giving you dirty looks?
They could just be fascinated with you (especially if you stand out and look like a tourist) … but they could also be staring (glaring) at you because you’re doing something that drives them nuts.
So what are the top complaints locals gripe about when tourists visit their city?
There’s nothing that annoys locals more than an entitled millennial from the United States visiting their beloved country and wanting everyone else to fund their adventure.
Whether it’s taking selfies with the poorest of the poor to showcase how “generous” they are…
… or trampling all over local spots to prove how “trendy” their adventure is – locals despise entitlement.
Especially when their own economy is in shambles.
“According to a recent report by The Guardian, authorities in Thailand, Indonesia, and other countries are cracking down on “begpackers”: usually young Westerners who ask locals for money to help fund their journeys.
Some of the travelers sell photographs or perform songs on sidewalks, while others simply ask for quick handouts, the report said.
The locals who give begpackers money are often poorer than the travelers.”
Traveling into neighborhoods or towns where the locals are already struggling to feed their own families – just to exploit them so you can gain more followers on TikTok or make money is the epitome of selfish entitlement.
I get it – taking the Metro in Washington D.C. or any public rail system in a big city can be intimidating – especially if you’ve never done it before.
You may be breezily riding down the escalator, standing respectfully off to the side – yet wondering why a bunch of people in suits keep bumping into you as they rush past to catch the train.
Well did you know there are rules when it comes to taking the escalator – and they generally include standing on the right – and walking on the left.
So if you’re standing on the left – you are messing up the flow for the locals – who are often on their way to work or an event.
With that said – they still shouldn’t be rude and shove you out of the way – but if you do end up getting bumped into – at least you’ll know why!
Not Being Mindful Of Your Environment
You may be excited to explore a new town… or eager to talk to the person next to you.
While some countries welcome conversation and are friendly…
… other places (like Europe) are just the opposite – and they DO NOT want to be bothered.
If you’re talking loudly to your travel buddies – you can guarantee you’re ticking off the locals – and are bound to get the death stare.
“Simon Millward says that he’s annoyed by foreigners talking loudly on the Tube, especially during rush hour. “We are not there for fun, nor really out of choice. […] We’re all tired cos we’re English so at least 50% of us are nursing hangovers. We’re British. We don’t like talking (or loud people ) at the best of times,” he explains, and pleads “So… please… ssshhh now… hush your noise.”
So there you have it!
Remember, what might be acceptable in your city – might not be acceptable in other parts of the world – or even in different parts of the same country.
Wearing your business suit in Seattle (not sure why you’d want to visit Seattle except just to say you’ve been there) or sporting floral neon shorts in New York City is bound to get you some questionable stares.
You don’t need to change who you are when you travel, but remember – as we always say – the goal is to blend in – not stand out.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)