- 8 years ago
There have been a couple of threads on wearing your ring(s) on the honeymoon and people mentioned not wearing their ring in Europe in order to avoid standing out. As an American in Europe, I often play the game of spot the American and thought I would pass along a few things, other than your ring which will scream American tourist. These are based on my observations since living and travling in Europe for the past 3 years. Europe is generally safe, but like anywhere, tourist spots provide easy targets for crime.
Certain brands do not exist in Europe and will scream American tourist. Coach is a big one. Also, Gap Inc. brands, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Holister, etc. Abercrombie is an exception, it is not sold in Europe (except London) but Europeans love Abercrombie so sometimes it is a false clue, to a lesser extent this also applies to Hollister and Aeropostale.
Europeans don’t wear white running shoes (or any running shoes) unless they are doing some sort of sports. Comfortable “walking” shoes scream tourist. Think about getting a pair of fashion sneakers or Chucks if you want to wear sneakers without standing out.
Americans are loud. It’s one of those things you don’t realize until you are in a foreign setting and travel home. As soon as you open your mouth everyone will know you are a tourist.
Lounge wear in the form of sweat pants, hoodies, velour track suits is not common outside of the home, not even for flying. Also flip flops are very seasonal (I wear mine a lot hear people wispering about them often, even in July) and just not accepted by older generations so you may be the only one in flip flops if it is not June, July or August.
The engagement ring may identify you as an American, mostly because it is a different style than those you commonly find in Europe, but, it’s not impossible to get a solitaire in Europe it’S just not the same tradition. At least where I live, engagement rings are replaced by wedding bands which may or may not have small diamond detail. I just think there are many more signs of a tourist that people notice before looking at your hand and really if you’re speaking English, you’ll stand out much more than if you are wearing a diamond.
I hope this does not sound like I’m trying to suggest hiding your nationality, I just like to blend in when I travel as much as possible and avoid touristy things so I thought I would share a few observations I noted along the way. Safe travels!