We’ve all seen them and dreaded that we don’t come across the same way – the dumb tourist. Whether they’ve got a ruby red sunburn or an obnoxious food request, there are plenty of these individuals on planes, trains and automobiles worldwide. Read on to make sure you avoid becoming red-faced with any of these tasteless travel trip ups:
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1. The Human Barbecues
If you think you don’t need sunscreen, think again. Every day, hundreds of pale sunbathers fall asleep in the sand and are sent to hospitals with second and third degree burns. Slather on your sunscreen and warm up to the sun slowly – don’t jump in all at once, or you’ll join the legion of bedridden vacationers whose only sight of the sun will be on the hotel TV as they soak in aloe.
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2. The Historic Souvenir Takers
Ever see the guy who cracks off a piece of an old temple or pockets a few chunks of the Grand Canyon? These selfish travelers forget that if we all took a piece of these priceless artifacts and natural wonders, there would be nothing left for the rest of us to visit.
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3. The Fashion Rebels
While going out in a short skirt against your mother’s wishes may be a humorous minor rebellion in western culture, it’s considered extremely disrespectful when traveling to some more sensitive cultural areas. Respect local religious and fashion customs or you’ll find yourself not only shunned by locals, but also on our list of dumb travelers.