100 thoughts on “20 Stupid TOURIST MISTAKES not to make

  1. Thanks for watching!! Got any other mistakes I might have missed? Have you done any of these?(it's okay, we all have, I won't judge :P)

  2. Lol that thing about the cheap flights, thats why i use orbitz to book cheap flights they tell you exactly what youre getting for what youre paying. But then again thats for domestic flights, ive never traveled internationally

  3. I'm going to India (Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Goa) over the month of January. Do any other viewers have any tips that are especially helpful for India? It will be my first time travelling in a non-western country.

  4. Great video Nadine! I'll remember these next time I travel 😊❤❤ Ilysm your one of my fave youtubers: your so kind, your videos are great and your just amazing! ly from the UK xx

  5. Always have small bills for tipping & separate your money in different places. Don't keep it all in the same place in your purse.

  6. Tissue is great. Baby wipes are better. And yeah, pay toilets. Learned that in India. And that country is tips, tips, tips. Definitely needed to practice haggling there. Ran out of cash, did not have debit card, and credit cards are NOT accepted everywhere. So I missed out on some things, but learned from my mistakes.

  7. I really really love tip #20 about the haggling thing. It really gets under my skin when I see tourists from first world countries who earn some of the strongest currencies in the world trying to take advantage of these poorer people who depend on tourism for their lives. Like the extra dollar or two isn't a big deal for us but goes SO FAR in these countries. You travel to support local tourism or you don't. The whole culture of it this and this "beg-packing" idea makes me really upset so I'm glad you said it. 🙂

  8. I love that shirt! Your first one is one is my FAV! Don't count on your device even working when you get to a new country. Print out your docs! Great list Nadine! Sharing for sure XO, Kelly

  9. Well you lucky girl to have parents got the money ton of money to spend on your trip to travel and if you got extra money let me know I can go to travel with you too!”💃🕺🏻🎸💵

  10. research tipping customs; in some places tipping is compulsory, in some places its considered rude to tip. research common tourist scams and keep your belongings in sight all the time- its incredible how fast thieves can act. be prepared for customs! not so bad if its quiet, but if its busy go through your bag before you get in line, put your belt and watch in your bag and have your laptop and liquids bag out. also check if there's anything unusual you wont be able to take through (for example food, anything made of wood or muddy boots in Australia)

  11. Research the public transit and pricing guide for that transit before you go. You don't want to think you are staying in a prime cost zone only to arrive and realize your hotel is 2 miles outside of the prime zone making all your transportation costs more than you budgeted for.

  12. One of the most helpful videos I've seen for soon to be first time travelers like me.
    P.S. your hair looks really good in this video.

  13. Thank you for the great tips! I agree that people should find out a little bit before visiting a new culture. Tourists should accept the lifestyle in the different country and not behave unpolitely.

  14. I was so pissed after a girl in my group took photos of the Book of Kells (in Trinity College), when “no photographs” is CLEARLY marked!

  15. When you travel to the US, carry a hand-carry bag full of cash for tips and when you buy an item, do not assume that’s the total price for that item which you’ll only know at the counter when they add the VAT. They also sound rude than the British, the travel information e.g. train destination info is not as good as in the UK and I think the drivers in the UK drive safer with more respect to other drivers than anywhere in the world.

  16. Kind of a mix between knowing local laws and customs, and dressing like a tourist; dressing respectfully in areas that have different customs. If you're from Europe or the US, it might be frustrating to you personally that some countries expect women to dress conservatively, but don't disrespect the culture when you're a visitor. 

    I would definitely also add looking up alternative routes if you're driving in case there are accidents or road closures.

  17. Good informative video. Reminded me of many an old movie scene where the English speaking visitor is convinced that the "natives" of any non-English speaking country would be able to understand English if you just spoke it to them SLOWLY and LOUDLY enough. I have found that no matter how discretely you dress, the local people will almost always know you are a foreigner as soon as you open your mouth. Foreigners act like foreigners in foreign countries; your haircut,your shoes even the cologne or perfume you wear, etc. can be dead giveaways. Best to find out about tipping customs BEFORE you leave home. Believe it or not, in some countries tipping is considered an" insult". You gave good advice about food while traveling. If one is staying at a decent hotel, chances are they will fix you something or you can do it yourself before you leave for the day. Although it can be" risky", depending on where you are, do try the local cuisines and avoid wasting time trying to find the local MacDonalds, Pizza Huts, KFCs, Starbucks,etc.("'You ain't in Kansas anymore!"). USE COMMON SENSE, BE RESPECTFUL & HAPPY TRAVELS!

  18. Mexico is good for charging you before using the washroom… also lots of public places don’t have toilet seats…squat squat squat

  19. I liked the haggling tip the most because they are completely true and your reason is sensible and relate able! Amazing job.

  20. In Europe make sure you validate your public transport ticket before you start your trip. An unvalidated ticket is the same as no ticket and they will fine you bigtime and you pay on the spot.

  21. can you apply this to the ''visitors'' to the UK that really never give a shit about the tradition of England.. its hypocrisy how British citizens are expected to cow tow when in other countries yet when other countries citizens come to the UK they just act as shit as they want and often don't see anything wrong in it either..

  22. OK that's enough.not taking too many pictures, not taking too few. pay their outrageous price without bargaining. pay attention to scams and thieves. Wipe your ass with whatever you find in your luggage… I'm cancelling my next vaccations abroad . You ruined the whole experience for me.

  23. you are soooo cute! i love your videos. i've travelled a bit in my 44 years (on my own and with family my kids) and i thought i was fairly saavy, but your perspective and experience is refreshing and i always get a couple tips to consider from your videos, and you make me feel me like I'm not going to be alone out there. i'm going to have my husband watch your videos! happy travelling!!!!!

  24. Don't forget to cover up in the Middle East – shorts and bare midriffs are not appropriate here on the streets. only in swimming pools at hotels.

  25. Getting ready for my 2nd trip to Europe. Totally forgot we had to pay for public restrooms.  So many good tips. The biggest rookie mistake I made in Paris was assuming people would be polite getting on the metro.  It was insane and you really have to push your way in (which is totally against my nature).  The first time getting on I almost got my arm caught in the door as it was closing because I was too slow.  Thank goodness for the guy that pulled me back onto the platform.

  26. I love that when u said we could get away with English pretty darn good, you made a grammar error😂😋

  27. Instead of taking so many photos, try drawing what captures your attention instead. I did this while traveling in England, and it not only made my experience more immediate; it kind of sank in to me, and I remembered so much more about it later. It makes the experience fresher and more personal. You don't even have to be that good an artist. I took a small wire-bound sketch book that I could lay out perfectly flat, a pencil, eraser, small pencil sharpener, watercolor pencils, a small brush, and a little zippered bag to carry them in. The great thing about watercolor pencils, aside from great color, is that you don't need to carry water around with you. You can bring up the color later, at your leisure, with the application of a small wet brush!

  28. A certain demographic in certain countries (like me- a chubby white girl in Pakistan before the event of smartphones and almost universal internet) will nearly always look like a tourist! But dressing appropriately to surroundings, showing willingness to attempt the language and try local norms (the humble little tea place, the bus, etc) will go a long way to not only acclimatising, but to getting friendly with locals 🙂

  29. I can't stand tourists in museums that sit in spaces between exhibits or lean on them in order to take a photo

  30. The one about inappropriate photos 'there are better photos online than your sneaky photo' – SO TRUE! Additionally, when I'm out, I'd much rather have a photo of my experience of a place, tourists and grey skies and all, than a perfect Instagram photo..

  31. The toilet paper thing is super important in Asia. But in terms of friendliness, it's variable. I found people in Japan, Ireland, Canada and Spain to be friendly, much more so than Germany and Paris where I didn't find people as helpful. But I guess I didn't speak their language, so that must have contributed as well

  32. LOL. (#1 MIstake) First solo trip. When to Venice, was not used to culture of area, didn't print out instructions but had access to them, and then got lost because they reuse street names in Venice so it took me to the address but in the totally wrong part of town. Met many wonderful people though. Also when I was almost to the place, it is in a building through the outdoor seating area of a restaurant, the satellite couldn't get my location so took me an hour to find the door 200 ft from me.

  33. #6 I was told for years growing up in Europe, as an American Military kid, never to tip because that is not the custom in Europe. However, when traveling abroad with a group from school the professor was angry about me not tipping. Is this what I have to do simply because they hear my American accent so I am forced to tip despite Europeans not tipping?

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  35. Great video and thanks for highlighting the haggling issue. I think that when we're visiting a country poorer than our own we should consider the price of paying more than what the locals pay (and this mostly happens) an act of charity (unless you feel the person is trying to rip you and EVERYBODY off ie his suppliers etc – and sometimes you get that feeling about a vendor – in which case you can just walk away, you'll probably find something similar quite easily, maybe just a few stalls away even); yes, you should haggle a bit – not to do so is often insulting – but don't go overboard and DON'T start negotiations unless you're convinced you want the item; once you start negotiations, if you change your mind often you're really letting down the vendor – as Nadine pointed out this is their LIVELYHOOD, it's not a game to them! Remember the times you've been turned down for a job you were really wanting and consider that when you start haggling for an item in a poor country

  36. Is there a good website with information about tipping in other countries? When and how much is appropriate?
    On your last tourist mistake. You should remember to haggle, at least make an effort. Most Americans don't haggle. They miss out saving a bit of money, but worse they miss out on interacting with the locals.
    Also, let the vendor win. When you are haggling that last amount, let them win. They are happy and you are suddenly their new friend. Your new friend is a great source of local information.

  37. #3 should be #1. Americans are always forcing locals in other countries to accomodate them to speak English. The entitlement is so strong around them. The world doesn't revolve you!

  38. Number 4 is so true!! I always carry with me flushable toilet paper wipes. They come in travel sizes so it is very easy to carry in purses. They have saved me many times! 😀

  39. I always buy a t-shirt or hoodie with the city name xD and wear it! I know it's very touristy but it's my tradition

  40. I remember going to thw Philippines and I was out with my mom, brother, aunt, and my cousins and I actually had to go to a public toilet since we were shopping. Without thinking about it, I went to the toilet, made a big dump and… no toilet paper. I just wanted to punch myself. I just sat there panicking. So my cousin asked me if I even brought my toilet paper and I was like "…. no" so 15 minutes later, I got some my toilet paper.

    Lesson learned. Take toilet paper with you

  41. "not having small change for tips" is super dumb, if the restaurant you're at had servers which speak very well english, you might as well tell them "make it XY amount" so the tip is included.

  42. I find naples scary for crossing the road, traffic lights and crossing are like a suggestion. My tip is to wait till a few locals cross and walk with them

  43. I know people all are adding tips but I have to say, when she said "So you aren't a stupid tourist when you're out travelling the world." All I could think of was "I'm always a stupid tourist because I spend all my days inside my house or not leaving my neighborhood…"


  44. I never see my photos. I just take random random pictures, maybe share one or two, and then store all the rest. I've made it a personal "goal" to make photo albums the old school way, maybe I'll get to it this year.

  45. That Google one really got me in Salvador, Brazil. It showed me the "fastest" way from my apt to the supermercado. Halfway on about a 10-min. walk, one of the streets Google said to turn on was more like a series of alleys that felt like I was walking through peoples' back yard. Since I had groceries, I took Uber on the way back and he took me on major streets to get home.

  46. #21 be aware of drivers. In Britain if you run across the road the drivers will generally be polite and stop or slow down. The Italians don’t give a shit about you if you cross the road at a stupid time. They will hit you.

  47. #20 – is not my problem…..they're livelihood is not my problem…respectful sure…rude – sure I won't…but their cost is NOT my problem…

  48. i never really haggle, some people who work at tills at candy places at blackpool are sometimes nice enough to let me buy things if im 10p or less under budget

  49. I'm about to travel through Europe for a month and have been binge watching all of your videos. They have been so helpful, thank you, Nadine!<3

  50. if you're a women, they might ask you to cover your hair/head in certain countries, and always do that when entering a mosque. also, in a lot of places of worship, they'll ask that you cover your legs and chest and I'm pretty sure that applies for both genders. just do it and be respectful. (source: I watch a lot of travelling videos)

  51. Try not to look like you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re going. I did in the Paris metro and was targeted by a scammer. Luckily, security was watching and scooted the guy away before anything happened.

  52. I did #19 in Bogota on my first day, not realizing that there was a specific pedestrian walk sign. Green doesn't always mean "walk".

  53. It s funny to say that "in america we are very polite" i laugh at the idea that someone who calls herself/himself as traveler and preserve the ethnocentric view of world.

  54. hangry HANGRY wow must be another 1st world problem… there are BABIES CHILDREN. STARVING .. STARVING .. STARVING.. shit like this just makes me mad..

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