Dec 13, 2011 9:50:27 AM
The most annoying habits of tourists
Are you embarrassed by the antics of your fellow tourists, or guilty of some travel sins yourself? It’s hard to get a handle on the etiquette of a new place, but sometimes travellers leave the locals quietly narked. From fumbling at the ticket barriers to walking the streets starkers, here are some top peeves about tourists, as nominated by city bloggers.
‘Trying to touch in on London’s Oyster system using a paper ticket.
Matt Brown, Londonist.com
‘Tourists on [pedestrian mall] Las Ramblas and the surrounding parts wearing only what they had on in the sea.’
David Brydon, barcelonasights.blogspot.com
‘Tourists show up at The Little Mermaid statue and are disappointed at how small it is. Given that she’s called The Little Mermaid, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise.’
Timothy Anderson, thecopenhagenreport.blogspot.com
‘Calling the Gateway of India “India Gate”, which is a different monument, in Delhi. Mumbai already resents Delhi because it gets more government funding. To take our iconic monument and call it by a Delhi name, sacrilege!’
Deepa Krishnan, mumbaimagic.com
‘Tourists are easily seen because of their smiles. It annoys most Muscovites.’
Olga Borte, see-you-in-moscow.com
‘They forget it’s a modern city. While looking for the ‘authentic Roman’ experience, tourists accept poor service and bad manners when they should say ‘basta‘ [enough]!’
Erica Firpa, moscerina.com
Want to defend your travel style, or share your own irritations? Let us know in the comments!
This is an excerpt from an article originally published in Lonely Planet Magazine.
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