the comical image of the cliché tourist is one we all know too well; loud Hawaiian print shirts, socks pulled to the knee in too short of shorts, several cameras, over sized purse or fanny pack- saying and doing obnoxious and socially awkward things to the horror of the locals. What is sad is that such an individual is more the norm to a degree than not.
When planning a vacation it's always vital to understand your destination. It does not matter if your headed to Egypt, England, or just a quick trip to Disneyland. Every portion of the world carries with it unique traits. To utterly avoid looking like an ignorant spaz one should take time to research a little about their trip first. Understand the culture, social trends, local etiquette. It may not always be noticeable to the individual, but how they carry themselves plays a big part on an over all opinion of other tourists and can even effect the quality of the trip.
Playing up stereotypes is also not always the most wise idea. The super cowboy, Urban Thug, back woods redneck... All of these are far too often played up on vacation in a “ look at me I'm taking the time to visit you!” sort of attention grabbing way- and again creates an image of how all other visitors from your region will be seen. Take the time, learn your location, and simple be- there is no need to go above and beyond to have a memorable trip.