How Not To Be An Arsehole Tourist…

Getting back into the swing of things after a week off in Barcelona finds me a bit tight for time over the next couple of days, so writing about my lovely trip is going to have to be put off for a little bit.

If you find yourself sitting there desperately wanting to read about Spain, which I’m sure you are then you can read all about how to spend three days in Madrid here, or you can click here to read all about a Festival in the North specifically for drinking shots!

So today I just wanted to put a bit of time aside to write about something that really bloody bothers me when it comes to travel. As an avid hater of the World and people in general really, I quite often come across tourists who shock me with their ability of being the worst person in the world. Okay I’m kidding, but when I was away I couldn’t help but notice that arsehole tourists seem to have multiplied and are now absolutely everywhere.

Here’s a couple of quick tips to help you not be an arsehole tourist when you next go away.

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Learn some of the language.

When you’re busy during your commute to and from work researching bars that you want to check out when you’re on holiday on your smartphone, why not use that time to download a language learning app such as ‘duolingo’ instead?

‘Duolingo’ is free to download and only asks you to give ten minutes of your day to it, allowing you to spend more time on it if you choose to. You would be surprised by just how much difference it can make to your trip if you know how to say simple things in their language, rather than expecting them to just be able to speak to you in English.

Don’t get snappy if someone can’t communicate with you in your language.

Okay so maybe you didn’t have time to learn anything from another language, or maybe you just couldn’t be bothered. Both of those reasons are absolutely fine… but don’t be that person that gets snappy at a waiter or a person in the street because they don’t speak English.

They’re living and working in their country and have absolutely no obligation to speak English fluently just because that’s the language that you understand. You know how a lot of Brits will complain about people coming over here and not being able to speak the language? Yeah, the same goes for them about you…

Wait the two extra seconds it will take someone to take a picture.

Whenever I see someone trying to get a picture, I stop and wait for them to take it before I walk past them. By doing this I lose about 10 seconds of my life that I won’t get back. In the grand scheme of things, that is really not that much to lose by not being a dickhead.

A viewpoint or a tourist attraction isn’t going to magically disappear just because you’ve waited for someone to take a photo of it, and I’m sure the good karma fairies will reward you later with someone else stopping for you to take your picture.

Dress appropriately.

When my friend and I went to the Sagrada Familia the other week we were shocked by how many people clearly didn’t give a rats ass about how they were dressed. If you’re going to a place of worship then it really won’t hurt you to cover up a little bit.

Research a Country’s dress code and make sure you pack accordingly with more than just hot pants, not only will it put others at ease, but it will prevent you from coming across any trouble for not adhering to the rules.

Stop comparing thing.

I am disgustingly guilty of doing this. I often find I’ll be comparing a place to somewhere I’ve been before. STOP IT. Just enjoy where you are in the moment and try to put everywhere else out of your mind.

Have a pep talk with drunk you.

One of the biggest things Brits are known for abroad is our drunken antics. From jumping off balconies into swimming pools in Zante to performing sex acts for drinks in Malia. We’ve got enough of a bad rep, try not to add to it.

Don’t have sex in your Hostel room.

You can be forgiven if you’ve done this, heck, most people have. But don’t continually do so. There’s bound to be someone in your hostel room who has to check out for an early flight, and someone else who’s taking a few days out to recover from their tonsillitis. Don’t be that person that wakes them all up by having sex at whatever time in the morning. It’s awkward for everyone, and it’s going to be awkward for you tomorrow.

There are normally laundry rooms, shower rooms, empty hangout spaces that are all available during the early hours of the morning for you to get your fix without waking everyone else up.

Don’t treat a place how you wouldn’t treat your mother’s house.

Cigarette butts, alcohol bottles, stains, spillages, and mess in general. If you wouldn’t leave your mum’s house that way after going to stay there then don’t leave your accommodation abroad that way. Just because you’re paying to stay somewhere doesn’t mean you get to be gross and treat somewhere however you please. Give the person who has to come in and clean up after you a break…

Don’t deface places for your own amusement.

To the person who carved their name into the colosseum,

I hate you.

Sincerely,

The rest of the World.

Go and see as much as you can.

When you’re in Cancun and your mate asks if you fancy going to see the underwater Museum, don’t reply saying that you would rather be on a boat with some bitches singing “I’m on a boat”.

That is upsettingly a real quote.

Have you come across any arsehole tourists?

What are your pet hates that people do abroad? 

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11 responses to How Not To Be An Arsehole Tourist…

  1. Juliet says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve probably experienced all of these … Thanks for being so on point!
    x, Juliet

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  2. Rae says:

    Love this!!! I’m always amazed by the amount of people who just willingly ruin someone else’s photo because they’re in a rush to get somewhere. If you’re in that big of a hurry, walk around them, no need to be a dick about it.

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  3. Ugh! I really identify with this post! Too often do I see entitled tourists who think that the cities they visit are merely just play places for them to destroy and run wild. I’ve seen this all over the world, but living in Las Vegas for 5 years I’ve become particularly sensitive to these kind of tourists. If you’re not going to travel gratefully, stay home. Be a jerk in your own city.

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  4. Danielle says:

    Brilliant post! I love in a Canadian tourist town, so we have plenty and more than plenty of precisely the types you describe here. In fact, us locals avoid the town practically altogether on weekends and in the summer. My hubby is Irish, and he hates the world too 😉

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  5. Couldn’t agree with this more, its just courtesy more than anything! I think the majority of these points come down to whether you have basic manners or not! xo

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  6. theaspiringdigitalnomadsite says:

    Hey Lizzie, you have spoken my thoughts in this post! I really feel we should all be a little more conscious when out and about in the world. It’s really all about respect. Just because we know that we can ‘up and leave’ doesn’t mean we should leave the place (or the people there) worse off. Great reminder to us all 😊.

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  7. Rosa says:

    Good tips here! It’s amazing how much it helps to have an open mind and to be considerate. I hate it when people compare things and miss out on a lot just because they’d rather be on the boat aha.

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