Looking like the Locals

12-Jan-2022 • San Francisco, California United States

I just finished watching a video of a young American who recently traveled to 28 cities in 17 countries in Europe.  He decided to upload a vlog advising people what to wear when they travel to Europe so they won't look American when they visit the old continent.  Actually, he's not the only person I've seen or heard giving similar advice.  I have heard of countless others from many parts of the world advising fellow travelers to try their best to look like the locals of the countries they visit.

Frankly, I think it is silly.  First of all, how can a white or black person visiting Asia ever look like the people of say Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, China, or Japan?  Likewise, how can Asians ever blend in Northern Europe where people are tall, blond, and blue eyed?  Besides, are people from all over the world really so fashion conscious?  I beg to disagree.  While the French and the Italians may have a certain look, not everyone everywhere else specifically does.  In fact, I've been to some cities where people are so laid back and hardly fashionable at all.  Moreover, if you don't speak the language in the country you're visiting, you will definitely stick out! 

So, enough of these silly advice.