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How to Stop Acting Like a Tourist when Visiting a Foreign Country

Updated on February 23, 2013
How to Stop Acting Like a Tourist when Visiting a Foreign Country will make your vacation more enjoyable.
How to Stop Acting Like a Tourist when Visiting a Foreign Country will make your vacation more enjoyable. | Source

Don't Ask Me I'm a Tourist ~

You’ve decided on visiting a foreign country for a well earned break, now you have to decide if you want to act like a tourist or make a few adjustments to stop acting like a typical tourist.

Yes you are by definition visiting a foreign land so therefore a tourist but a few key tips will make you safer, blend more into the local scene and ultimately make your vacation a more memorable experience.


Whether it is your first or twenty-first holiday abroad, you will be experiencing a new culture, new customs, possibly new language and currency, new foods and dishes and so on . . . the list is long.

Being open to new experiences when on a foreign holiday will make you feel less of an outsider and more comfortable.

Travel is a passion of mine and I have travelled abroad with friends, family, my partner and I have ventured on foreign trips alone.

As a single girl travelling alone, you need to have some street smarts in particular so here are my tips and suggestions on ways to be less like a tourist that have definitely worked for me

The Baptistry of The Cathedral of Pisa - Spot the Tourist

Battistero di San Giovanni is located in Piazza dei Miracoli near the Cathedral and Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. a popular tourist attraction.
Battistero di San Giovanni is located in Piazza dei Miracoli near the Cathedral and Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. a popular tourist attraction. | Source

A Few Travel Quotes

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home”

James Michener

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”.

Jawaharlal Nehru

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.

Mark Twain

Learn Some Key Phrases ~

This is vital when visiting a country with a different native tongue. Some key basic phrases such as hello, hi, please, thank you, thanks, good morning, good day, goodnight, the bill please . . . you get the picture?

Buy a good pocket phrasebook that has language translations both ways and phonetic spelling makes pronunciation easier to learn. Look for the phrasebooks that have the words all categorized in groups such as basic phrases, eating out, foods, ordering food and drinks and directions to name a few.

Start learning the phrases before you go so you know basics when you arrive. I remember the first phrase that I learnt in Turkish was Please can you speak more slowly.

That was twenty years ago and even though I have not used it in years, I still remember it. Boy did it come in handy in Turkey.

The locals will appreciate the fact you are making an effort, even if you do get it wrong. They will be only too happy to put you right anyway. Keep the phrasebook out of sight as much as possible it screams I have no idea what anyone is saying.

Having said that, there are times when it is unavoidable so use it. When sitting down to eat, if presented with a totally foreign menu, take out your phrasebook to try to find out ingredients of dishes.

Learning local dishes or foods you like is a good idea to do before you depart to foreign shores.

I did this for Italy and found it a great help as not much English is spoken in Southern Italy so I went prepared for it. There’s nothing worse than expecting the locals to speak your language in their own country, you need to make some effort. If visiting Ireland brushing up on Irish Slang – The Gift of The Gab is a good idea particularly for visits to Dublin and major cities as it does sound like another language sometimes.

Dress Approriately

bring a lightweight jacket just in case you want to visit a religious place of worship when travelling to a foreign country.
bring a lightweight jacket just in case you want to visit a religious place of worship when travelling to a foreign country. | Source

Customs & Traditions ~

Before you go do some research on the customs and traditions of the country and region. Every country has them and they will be very varied.

Some countries for example observe daily siesta where businesses close around mid-day and may not open until 4pm or even 5pm. If you are planning on going on a daytrip this can be a wasted journey. I have been caught out and was amazed how fast a bustling town became a ghost town.

For visiting religious places of worship, a major consideration is dressing appropriately and respectfully. Again different cultures will not accept what other’s may so check them before travelling.

As a general rule no bare shoulders or above the knee shorts and skirts. In some places women will have to cover their hair with a headscarf.

Awareness ~

Remember you are not at home and the majority of foreign destinations will have unsafe areas, pickpockets, bag snatchers and conmen. They will be in all major tourist areas, usually busy places so don’t stick out and make yourself a target by flashing the cash.

Carry money in different areas such as front pockets of jeans, in shoes and in body belts. Know the areas not to stay in before booking accommodation, for example.

Many dangerous areas in cities are located near major train stations and possibly not the best location choice to stay in. Do some research on accommodation and areas on websites such as tripadvisor which I find an excellent resource.

Being forewarned is forearmed as the saying goes, being aware and not sticking out as a target will make for a more enjoyable trip abroad and keep you safe.

Even if you don’t know where you are or where you are going you can still look as if you do and if you need to ask someone directions for example, pick your Good Samaritan wisely.

Acceptance ~

Accept that which is different and embrace it. Travelling foreign is all about acceptance. You chose to go to this destination be it The Canary Islands, Lecce in Italy or maybe it is one of my favourite Islands, Santorini Greece.

We all have characteristics that may be associated with our nationalities. Some countries will find them less appealing or necessary. For example, maybe you have a tendency to speak loudly, make bodily noises (burping or farting) or come from a pub culture which may not go down well on foreign soils.

Many countries will frown on drinking excessively and in public, rowdy behaviour and inappropriate language. There are quirky things like touching a native on the head and pointing your foot towards them is not advisable in parts of Southeast Asia and Thailand.

By not being informed will only draw more attention to you being a tourist and put you on the back foot straight away.

Unusual Accomodation

take the opportunity to stay in a place typical of the area such as a trullo dwelling which is unique to the region of Puglia in Italy.
take the opportunity to stay in a place typical of the area such as a trullo dwelling which is unique to the region of Puglia in Italy. | Source

Learn About The Place ~

Read up on the place and surrounding areas you may want to visit. There is a wealth of information a click away online, in libraries, bookshops and reviews are very useful as you will pick up many tips that will be invaluable.

You want to make the best of the time you have so checking out what the place has to offer is important. Friends and family may have been to your destination so quiz them for info, be like a sponge and soak it all up.

The more you know the more confident and prepared you will be and less reliant on playing the tourist card. Why appear like a culturally clueless tourist when you don’t have to?

When looking for accommodation (unless you have it already decided upon) my tip would be to pick something small, family run or a type of accommodation that is typical to the area.

You may be missing out on a unique experience if you opt for a large chain of hotels.

Show respect by dressing appropriately

the smallest church I have ever seen in a tiny fishing village in Croatia.
the smallest church I have ever seen in a tiny fishing village in Croatia. | Source

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Dress Sense ~

Apart from visiting religious places like mosques, churches and Buddhist temples you still need to dress appropriately and not so you will attract unwanted attention, particularly women.

Leave the hot pants, boobtube, low cut tank top and see through blouse at home. Apart from looking tacky and being a safety issue, it is also a sign of showing cultural disrespect.

Sunbathing topless is another sure fire way to bring you problems in many countries.

Just because you strip off in one foreign country does not mean you will be able to in another, you may end up being arrested instead.

Invited to someone's home is not to be missed

staying with a friends parents in Portugal in their home was a wonderful experience.
staying with a friends parents in Portugal in their home was a wonderful experience. | Source

Go Where The Locals Go ~

The best food experiences I have had are when I have eaten where the locals eat or the ultimate is being invited into someone’s home for a meal.

Travel for me is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and embracing all that is new and different, including the local cuisine.

There is nothing worse than going on a foreign holiday and just eating burger and fries or omelette and fries if that is what you eat at home.

You may find certain dishes unappealing and two that stick out for me were pig fat in Portugal and brain soup in Turkey. I just could not take to them but at least I tried them!

Street food is what I love tasting wandering around a market. It is cheap, simple and always bursting with flavour.

Food plays a big part of cultures throughout the world and partaking in their dishes is seen as a huge compliment.

My partner, for example is not a fish eater but bless him when we go abroad he will always pick a local fish speciality in the hope of finding a fish he does enjoy!

We make it a rule to find out the local eateries which may not look the prettiest but you can be sure the authentic dishes will be delicious and much cheaper.

You never know what will happen and we have ended up in the kitchen watching our food being prepared from scratch.

Foreign holidays are the time to explore

Rovinj in Croatia which we just happened to end up at. What a find it was!
Rovinj in Croatia which we just happened to end up at. What a find it was! | Source

Ways to Being a Switched On Tourist ~

Be Prepared

Before travelling make copies of your passport ID page, visa information, travel information, accommodation contact details, flight details, travellers cheques, travel insurance, passwords, phone and laptop or tablet information. It may sound extreme but having it backed up just in case of an emergency is being prepared.

Leave very valuable jewellery at home.

This is something I do now without fail, particularly when travelling to a foreign country alone. It is asking for trouble if you have diamond chandeliers hanging from your earlobes or a rock the size of Gibraltar on your finger.

Know The Currency

If you are using a different currency, get familiar with the exchange rate and work to the nearest dollar, pound or euro for example.

Know the different denominations in paper and coins. When going to pay for a meal or when making a purchase, you will be prepared for any short changing which tourists are often targets for.

Unfortunately this happens everywhere and I remember being totally ripped off in Rome on our first visit.

Always check the fare before getting into a taxi.

It shows you are a bit clued in and not a typical foreign visitor and you are less likely to be taken advantage of. Taxis at train stations can be notorious for taking advantage of foreign visitors, especially as you are tired and just want to get to your accommodation.

Having a little basic language, knowing the currency and roughly what the fare should be will make you not act like a tourist and make you more confident.

Go Off Grid - Surprises Await

we would never have found this vista if we had not just gone for a drive in southern Italy with no destination in mind.
we would never have found this vista if we had not just gone for a drive in southern Italy with no destination in mind. | Source

Final Thoughts ~

One of the most rewarding things to do when going on a foreign holiday is to go off the beaten track and take a chance. Go off the grid, so to speak and you just might unearth something very special, meet some locals, enjoy a non tourist environment and see a place you would never have experienced otherwise. Yes you may be a tourist but integrate and absorb as much as you can and you may just have the trip of a lifetime.

A Foreign Affair

my affair with Italy is a lasting one.
my affair with Italy is a lasting one. | Source

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      More often than not, I'm always acting as a tourist while in other countries. That was a decade ago and counting, being a traveling seafarer. LOL! Thanks for the tips.

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      Scott Petoff 3 years ago from USA and Ireland

      The perfect piece of advice, "The locals will appreciate the fact you are making an effort, even if you do get it wrong." That sums it up for me as to how to embrace the traveler in you while on vacation and experience the life enriching benefits from foreign travel.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      How fabulous to have a wonderful trip to France to look forward to! France has so much to offer i am sure you will enjoy it all wherever you may be visiting. Pig fat I just could not take and brain soup I tried a spoonful but not for me (sheep brain used if I remember correctly). I love trying new things but some I just cannot get my head around and it is more of a mental block than taste. Funnily enough your mentioning blood sausage in Russia reminds me of our black pudding so popular for breakfasts in Ireland and UK which I do love even though its ingredients may be off putting! Thanks so much for your interesting thoughts and comments, much appreciated!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful advice that I am going to use, as I have an upcoming trip to France with my extended family this summer. I cannot imagine how you reacted to pig fat and brain soup. Hope no one homemade it for you! Although I am fairly open to new experiences, everyone has limits! When I was in Russia (old Soviet Union) in the late 1980s, there was blood sausage for every single meal; I remember it well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ExpectGreatThings,

      So good to see you. I agree with you and have seen it firsthand too in Tunisia, Italy and Turkey and mosques are particularly a no no with regard to being uncovered. Delighted you found this interesting, happy travelling. Many thanks for your comments and input!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      This is a great great list! And your photos are gorgeous. I love traveling and am drawn to hubs like this. I especially appreciate that you mention respecting the local dress. I lived overseas for 4 years. When we had visitors, they often would come (to a Muslim part of the world) without even a long sleeved shirt. Not only would they get more stares than they were comfortable with, they were also considered disrespectful when visiting mosques - and some of the mosques they were not even allowed in.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi travel_man,

      Delighted you found these tips useful and can say from experience you find knowing some of the local words and phrases so useful. How interesting to see parts of the world through your work, hopefully you have great memories. Many thanks for your comments and visit, much appreciated!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Great hub and tips on how to be simple when visiting other countries.

      On my part, I was lucky to visit other countries, because of my job as a seafarer.

      You're right, simple phrases using their language will make you feel at ease with the people, their culture or way of living.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris Sp,

      I would be honored to have you link this and looking forward to reading your article! Many thanks!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Suzie! This is my second visit here...and I'm taking the liberty to link this on my hub: Roatan, Honduras. Say "yes" please.

      Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi fulloflovesites,

      Many thanks for dropping in! Glad you found valuable and interesting, always good to know things go down well with others! Hopefully you will get to travel real soon and anything I can help with no worries! Cheers for the votes, so appreciate them!!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for these valuable infos! I think you'd be my additional guide aside from the travel books and some foreign-language dictionary if I ever I get to travel overseas. Voted up and useful, interesting. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elias Zanetti,

      Thanks so much, glad to hear you enjoyed! You are from a wonderful part of the world and I have loved my visits to the islands of Crete and Santorini. Appreciate your votes greatly!!

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      What a great article! You've done an excellent job, Suzie! And the pictures are very nice! Voted up & awesome!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ARUN KANTI,

      Welcome to my world, lovely to see you. Appreciate your words greatly and to read you also think these things are important and only make the holiday more enjoyable.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris Sp,

      Welcome and great to have you here! Many thanks for your input, it is always great to know your on the right track with advice and tips when traveling. Appreciate your votes Up and for Sharing on!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi janismus,

      Thanks for visiting and good to know you agree with these tips. Appreciate your support!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Very useful hub for tourists. One should be well aware of geography, customs etc. of any foreign land one intends to visit. Thanks.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is a fantastic hub. Lots of great practical tips for travelers. Happy to have stumbled upon and I enjoyed reading it so well. Voting up and sharing the goodness. Cheers!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips and suggestions, every tourist should follow them.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

      What a lovely comment and so glad you concur with my tips and suggestions, having traveled yourself. Some of the most rewarding times for me are when i have been off seeing another part of this amazing diverse world of cultures, people, language, food, traditions . . . . . I have learnt so much from stepping outside my comfort zone as BB pointed out in a hub of his. Thanks so much for your visit and support which I always look forward to!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is an awesome hub! I am very fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and your tips are right on the money. I was lucky enough to have German grandparents so we stayed with them often and so we were immersed in the culture. Love that you highlighted dressing appropriately. I cannot tell you how many times I was somewhere where a visitor was not dressed well. It can be quite dangerous in some countries along with being disrespectful. When I traveled alone I was always very careful. People tend to forget that rules and customs are different around the world and just because we are citizens of a particular country the rules don't change for us. Well done.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Pleasure Jamie, you are more than welcome!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Suzie.. you are such a sweetie.. thank you :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jamie,

      Many thanks for taking the time to read, always good to see you! Hopefully you will get to venture abroad even when you have a huge wonderful country of your own which has much to offer. i have love my trips to USA and definitely intend to see more, including Texas! i used to write to a girl in Tyler, TX and my partner and my brother have both been to different parts and loved it. By the way I will be launching another lip hub and will be linking your great blinged case to it. Many thanks for your lovely comments glad you enjoyed the pics too!!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Suzie- I really enjoyed this read. You have shared a ton of great tips here and I know it will be helpful to anyone who will be traveling to foreign places. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing other parts of the world but I do hope to one day. Will be keeping these tips in mind. Love all of the beautiful photos you shared from journeys past :) Thank you for sharing!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi breakfastpop,

      Good to know I was on the right track, thanks very much! travel is such a learning experience and one of the best educations there is. Appreciate your votes and input greatly!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Every single one of your suggestions is right on the mark. I think this hub should be required reading before anyone travels abroad. Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

      So pleased you enjoyed these ideas and agree with them. It is great to be able to write from experience when travelling and you certainly learn from mistakes previously made! Hope you get to travel soon and enjoy blending in and soaking up the rewards! Thanks so much for comments, much appreciated you stopped by!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a detailed overview! Great job with this topic. I feel like you've covered everything. The next time I travel abroad, I will keep this reference in mind.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Yolex,many thanks for commenting, it is so rewarding when someone appreciates what you write. Glad you enjoyed and agreed on the currency, I found the Turkish lira years ago hard as it was similar to the old Italian lira . . .thousands of lira = £1 so you were suddenly into thousands and tens of thousands . . . thankfully Turkey changed their currency available and Italy went Euro. Phew!! many thanks for voting and sharing!

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      YoLex 4 years ago

      Great hub very informative and very true from my experiences. I especially liked the part about getting familiar with foreign currency, that is so important! Shared and voted up :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vellur,

      Many thanks for stopping in! Yep, off the beaten track has provided me with some unforgettable experiences and well worth doing! Many thanks for your comment!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi carol,

      Your life in France must have been so interesting. I know the cringe feeling when abroad and seeing the way foreigners speak to the locals sometimes. From working here in Retail, speaking some different languages, not fluent by any means, has helped with tourists or foreigners living in Dublin who struggle with English. French is the one I have studied the most when at school but France is one place i have not been to! Cheers for all the input, support, votes and pin my friend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tourist-guide,

      Appreciate your thoughts on the tips and glad you found useful, many thanks for popping by!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi buddhaanalysis,

      Many thanks for comments and visit, glad you enjoyed this!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Good on you for taking the initiative to learn some Italian! I have been on a few Italian courses and did a Turkish one. They helped me greatly as a traveler. As we will be setting up home in Italy (all going well) Italian is vital for us. What is annoying is there are a number of foreign nationals living in the area we are moving to but make no attempt to learn the language. They have lived there for some time and yet i found it staggering they were still trying to get by in English (not widely spoken by the locals) or relying on translation by the odd person that has both languages.

      Rome is definitely special, i loved it but my partner does not really enjoy cities as much as rural remote places, with no tourists. There is so much to see and take in in Rome it is definitely worth the trip for anyone looking for a European trip. Appreciate your comments and story, it is all so interesting! Thanks for the votes and shares, Thelma!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I am thrilled you enjoyed this as you enjoy travel as much as I do! Hope it was okay linking these two fab hubs i was spoilt for choice as all your travel hubs are amazing. I could just travel and travel and be a happy camper. Appreciate all your lovely comments. I have so many photos that are not uploaded and my scanner is not working so hopefully i will be able to get them sorted as i have some very memorable ones i would love to share. Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin my friend! :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Super job as always..This brought back memories when living in France and Americans would come into a restaurant and complain loudly about their steaks being over cooked. I would see them in stores and cringe. When in Rome do like the ROmans..Voted up+++ and Pinning ..

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sharkye,

      Thanks very much for dropping by. Delighted to hear you enjoyed and hopefully you will get to visit foreign lands in the not too distant future. I agree, there are times when it is good to stick out and then there are times when blending in is definitely the way to go. Appreciate your input here, Cheers!!!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips to be followed and you are right going on the off beaten track has many surprises.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips to be followed and you are right going on the off beaten track has many surprises.

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      buddhaanalysis 4 years ago

      Very nice photographs and tips.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      These are great tips for travelers abroad, Suzie. I agree to all of them as I´m a traveller, too. Preparing for a holiday in a country you have not visited yet, is very important. The first time I went with my friend in Rome for a week, I learned 2 semester Italian ( a year before our planned holiday) as I wanted to communicate with the locals and to understand what I had to read in restaurants and other places to visit there. I did not tell my friend about my Italian course to surprise her. I thought she would be glad as she did not have time to learn as she was working. She was annoyed about that especially when I was talking to the locals. It was not so funny anymore as every time she talked to the people in English, she was asking "can you speak German?" She´s a Filipina but acting like a German. Well, that was the last time I went with her for a holiday. I have to go back there with my hubby.

      Thanks for reminding me about the beauty of Rome and more. Voted up and shared. A well written hub.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Only someone who has does extensive traveling could have written this. Great job Suzie, this is so well written. Full of great tips and advice for anyone traveling abroad. There is nothing like learning from first hand experience and I marvel at all of the places you've been. BTW, the pictures are amazing. Anyone considering a trip abroad would be wise to give this a read. Voting up, sharing, pinning, etc..

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent and engaging hub! I have yet to travel abroad, but when that time comes, I will keep these tips in mind. I think it would ruin the experience to stand out as a novelty in the crowd!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Good god, how do you reply so darn quick??? You must have speed alerts set and read incredibly quick!! LOL Your a gem, thanks so much you have brought a smile to this weary face as i am about to bid goodnight to hubland from this side of the pond! See you later my friend!! Much thanks again :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What great suggestions from someone who knows what they are talking about. If I ever travel abroad I will definitely remember these tips. Well done, Suzie!