to a different country, you have to try your best to maintain a low
profile. It’s not ideal for you to attract attention. You don’t want people to
keep looking at you, especially if you look different. Try your best to
blend in. As they say, when
in Rome, act like the Romans. These are the other reasons not to attract
attention when traveling.
You don’t want to be a target of criminals
It’s easier for criminals to target people who don’t live in
the area. They know that foreigners know nothing about the local culture. They
also think that foreigners know no one, and have no connections with
authorities. Therefore, if you stand out as a foreigner, you could be an easy
target. There are criminals lurking around and are waiting to commit crimes.
You don’t want to be their prime target.
Imagine trying to visit different destinations and all eyes
are on you. It would be difficult for you to move around and do the things you
planned. It would be awkward since you know that people are checking your every
move. Instead of enjoying the place, you end up being cautious that you might
You might get a different treatment
It feels good when the people around you treat you well. You
will feel that they appreciate your presence. However, it could also go the other
way. For instance, if you’re buying
items in a local store, you might receive a different price. Some locals
think that foreigners are capable of paying more. You end up spending a lot
because you always stand out.
Things to do
If you don’t want to attract attention, try your best to look
like the locals. Of course, you don’t have to make yourself look like that.
However, you can wear the regular clothes that they wear. If you’re in a
conservative country, try to be more modest with your clothing choices. If
there are strict religious rules, you have to follow them. In some countries,
all women are expected to wear a head cover. You should also do the same even
if you’re not comfortable with that.
Another thing you need to do is to pretend that you’re not a
tourist. There could be some expatriates living in the area, and they usually
don’t attract attention. It even helps that you learn a few phrases from the
Finally, you have to learn how to be polite. You might not
appreciate all aspects of the culture. You also don’t like being too friendly
with others. However, you can still be polite and kind to the people around
you. Try to make friends with a few people so that if you get yourself into
trouble, you know whom to call. The goal is to make your trip as smooth as
possible. Avoid doing things that will put you in danger. You can learn from
other people who visited the country before. They might give you some tips on
what you have to do.
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