22 Jul No Travel Selfie! 5 Places to Resist the Urge

We all do it. Selfies have taken over our society as a main way of communicating ‘Hey guys! I’m here, doing this, right now, and I am TOTES ADORBZ!’ This is all well and good, but in the recent furor over the Auschwitz selfie on Twitter, here are some suggested places where you should put the phone down and walk away. 5) War Memorials [caption id="attachment_926" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] They put others before themselves. It's past time to return the respect.[/caption] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/2/2a/20090218175200!Vietnam_war_memorial.jpg We’re not sure why you’d want to, but maybe finally visiting the place where Great-Grandpa died during WWII seems like the perfect selfie-opp. Please don’t. War memorials, memorials of any kind for that matter, are places that should be held sacred in remembrance of those who died for something larger than themselves. Regular pictures are fine, but please don’t make this about you. It’s about THEM. 4) On the Edge (of a mountain, or a building, or a cliff, or anything really) [caption id="attachment_927" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Just...

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12 Jul Don’t Appear “Touristy”

[caption id="attachment_2189" align="alignnone" width="660"] Case in point.[/caption] When spending any amount of time in a new country, you want to feel like you are absorbing the local culture and avoiding "tourist traps" and stereotypes. Unfortunately, being easily identified as a tourist will make you a perfect target for theft and may also prevent you from meeting real locals. But how to combat this is a place you've never been before? In an article on ehow.com, the writer identifies that clothing is the main item that shows you are a tourist. Research your location before you leave and check out what clothing they wear on a regular basis. You can always buy a few outfits when you arrive if need be, nothing expensive though and you can always wash your outfits so you do not have to buy many. Do not be afraid to approach some of the locals and start talking to them about why they love their country so much. Many tourists may shy away on this idea because they feel uncomfortable or are only worried about seeing the main tourist attractions. Being polite, respectful, and willing to talk to the natives will open your world of exploration and teach you more than you'd expect....

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