How to avoid being embarrassed while holidaying in Europe

How to avoid being embarrassed while holidaying in Europe

Nobody likes having to pay jacked-up tourist prices or being embarrassed while on a holiday in Europe.

Dressing and acting like a foreigner can attract thefts and scams. Travellers might lose valuables and have an unpleasant holiday, or in some cases, end up getting injured.

To ensure tourists have a fun and safe holiday, travel resource site Smarter Travel has listed down six ways to blend in with the crowd and tips to avoid unhappy situations.

One of the best ways to blend in is to dress like a local. Europeans tend to dress more formally in general, explained Smarter Travel, so wearing an outfit which is more business casual can help travellers blend in more.

Though sneakers are best for walking, it is not a footwear favoured by the locals. Wearing those bright and colourful kicks can make tourists stand out even more.

Shoes such as slippers and Crocs can guarantee you'll be presented with the tourist menu at every restaurant you visit - so it is best that you leave them in the hotel.

Other apparel to avoid include baseball hats, fanny packs and any ill-fitted tops and bottoms, said Smarter Travel.

In many cities around the world, public toilets are free and well-maintained, but it is not the case in Europe.

Don't be shocked when you find out toilets and sometimes even toilet paper are not free to use in busy touristy areas. These coin-operated washrooms are a norm in Europe and might need some getting used to if you are a foreigner.

If travelling with kids, going to the washrooms might pose a potential problem. To resolve this, Smarter Travel said to always carry spare change and start looking for the toilets early.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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