11 days until we leave and i am starting to get nervous. many things are going through my mind and include, but are not limited to:
1. what if my bag gets lost at the airport?
2. what if i lose my passport?
3. what if i lose lewis in a crowd?
4. what if someone steals my money/ID/bag/etc?
5. what if we run out of money?
6. what if i can’t understand anybody?
7. what if i look like a stupid tourist?
8. the movie “hostel”
9. if i get taken, who is going to save me? because my dad probably won’t and i am pretty sure liam neeson is busy.
anyway, #7 is something that i can control a little bit, which could potentially help control me getting pick-pocketed or robbed. i have been doing some research and am trying to figure out what will make me look less like a tourist. obviously i am american, and unfortunately only speak english, but my skin tone (and lewis’s) may leave those wondering “wait, where are these people actually from?”
regardless, i don’t want to be a target and i also want to look semi-fashionable.
this is a useful diagram that has not only helped me so far, but may help future travelers:
i read a few times that shorts are for “moms and americans”, and are inappropriate. safe to say i won’t be packing shorts. as for the fanny pack, i will have to put her in retirement and stick with an under-the-shirt money belt so i don’t get robbed or mistaken for a prostitute in germany.
my trendy iphone will have to do the trick with picture taking, and the itty-bitty go-pro won’t be clunking around our necks. hopefully my selfie stick is still okay…
other tips i have found useful is that it’s easy to point out americans because we wear sneakers when it’s not appropriate (sneakers are generally for running or going to the gym in europe, sneaks clash with outfits) and we tip when unnecessary.
well, don’t have to ask me twice not to tip and i only own one pair of sneakers that i bought for the gym. (ahh that’s a lie, i bought them for work.)
if you’re going to take anything away from this post, let it be this:
don’t wear sneakers and shorts.
any other advice for do’s and don’ts when in europe are much appreciated.
my next post will be what/how i am going to pack for a month-long trip in one (yes, one) backpack. stay tuned?