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|Leave the Red and White Running Shoes Behind on Your European Vacation|
|News Releases - Travel & Tourism|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:03|
& Other Tips to Make the Visit Outstanding by Not Standing Out
The United States remains the world’s No. 1 international travel destination with 56 million visitors a year, but Spain, Germany, France and Italy rank No. 2, 3, 4 and 5, according to the 2012-13 ITB World Travel Trends Report.
Americans are helping drive those numbers. In a December USA Today/Gallup Poll, nearly a third said that if money were no object, they’d be off to Europe this year.
“There is so much to see and experience in Europe! If you’ve never been, or you’ve only visited once or twice, you really should put it on your wish list,” says Ruth Yunker, an intrepid traveler and author of “Paris, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Ways,” (www.ruthyunker.com), a humorous recounting of her extended stays in Paris as part-time resident, part-time tourist.
“When I travel to a foreign country I automatically strive to be the best American I can be, an American who is willing to learn to do things the locals’ way. This will always make for a more rewarding experience. You’ll find the people are friendlier. The vibe is positive. You are trying to live the culture instead of simply viewing it as a spectator.”
Standing out in a European country – or any country you’re visiting – could make for unnecessarily uncomfortable situations. It can get in the way of enjoying a city the way the natives do. It can mark you as easy prey for pickpockets (hold your purses tight)and cabbies with whose rates might go up (use the metro!).
“Learn what you can about a country’s habits, pet peeves, ingrained ways of being, before you go. Travel books can be helpful, but the following are a few tips not often mentioned,” Ruth Yunker says.
Other things to consider:
“Try to learn what you can about manners where you’ll be visiting,” she says. “When I was in Paris, I learned making direct eye contact out on the sidewalk with a stranger was a flagrant disregard of manners – even on that day I most needed a hug!”
About Ruth Yunker
Ruth Yunker is an author, humorist, columnist, blogger and enthusiastic traveler. Her peripatetic childhood led to a life always on the move; she has lived all over the United States, from Boston to Los Angeles, Brussels, Belgium and, for a short time, Paris. Her first book, “Me, Myself & Paris,” recounts her first experiences as a single woman living alone in Paris for three six-week stints. Her newest book, “Paris, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Ways,” continues the saga from a more City of Light-experienced perspective.
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