When visiting another country, there can be some dead give-a-ways that you are a tourist.
Step 1: Carry a big camera around your neck all day – if you want to distract people from the camera, wear a 20 lb backpack as well.
3: This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Take photos of everything you see, from random buildings to Tower Bridge. I’m sure the locals think you will be a bit on the crazy side for snapping shots of general transportation and the like (imagine someone taking a picture of a city bus in the U.S), but I’m a tourist and proud of it!
#4: Almost getting run over in the streets because you can’t figure out which way to look for cars. Then you realize the instructions are painted on the street, “Look Right.” Why thank you concrete floor!
Step 5: Snap a million pictures of Big Ben or be one of many in the crowds swarming the area. The citizens of the British Isle see the clock everyday on the news or some other outlet. Tourists love the detailed architecture, but locals maintain unfazed by the landmark.
Number 6: Ask at least 4 people which train to take to get somewhere that sits just a few miles away.
Step 7: You get lost, but since you traveled the area for a few days, you actually pretty much “know” where you are located. Also, giving directions to any poor soul that asks you – I gave opposite directions to Westminster Abbey while standing directly behind the building.
8: Order fish and chips. You just gotta do it! I consider eating this food a requirement when visiting London, you shall not pass unless you devour this well known meal.
Number 9: Being appalled by having to pay to use the bathroom.
10: Walking into a pub and saying out loud “this place is awesome!” Also, being the only person coughing from the smoke.
Not to mention, not knowing anything about World Cup.
Follow these steps, and you too can be an obvious tourist.