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Men's Travelling Style No-Nos: How Not to Look Like a Tourist

Introducing Derek Lotts to UpYourVlog! I've been receiving more and more e-mails recently from bloggers wanted to feature on my blog so I decided to give my weekend posts up in return for some guest bloggers to take the stage! Derek is a lifestyle blogger all the way from Sydney, Australia. If you like his work then follow him on Twitter here and check out his Facebook here! So enough of me, check out his post below!

We see them every day. They walk among us, but they are nothing like us. They carry their fancy cameras, large backpacks, sweatpants, flip flops, Bermuda shorts and cotton t-shirts with signs like “I heart Paris”. When we travel somewhere we can instantly turn into those people, because it is comfortable, simple and effortless. You know what? Easier is not always better. Dressing up on your vacations can require a bit effort and wiser packing, but, trust me, it is worth it. You will not have “tourist” written all over your face, and you will blend in with the crowd. This can actually help you explore your destination more thoroughly and find places the “obvious tourists” would never stumble upon.

No-No 1: Too Casual Shoes

I get it – it is always easier to find a pair of comfy flip flops or athletic/running shoes, especially when you are exploring the city on foot. If you, however, decide for this option, you might end up stood up from some pubs and bars which require something a bit more formal. There is nothing wrong with comfortable shoes, but choose some that do not resemble running shoes too much. Many of the famous shoe companies, such as Nike and Puma, make casual sneakers perfect for city walks that can be worn with some fancier outfits.
The look you don’t want :(
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The look you do want :)
Sources: shopclues.com, @badgalriri, salon-freeline.eu
No-No 2: Athletic Pants/Shorts

This is a big no-no, especially if you are traveling to Europe. You see, Europeans are not too fond of the athleisure trend, and they wear athletic pants and shorts in their homes or in the gym. In fact, there are a lot of prejudices about people who wear tracksuits and similar clothes in European streets – it is thought they are troublemakers and in some cases even criminals. Instead of shorts and tracksuits, you should opt for a pair of jeans or trousers, which can also be comfortable, but stylish.
The look you don’t want :(
Sources: hiphunters.com, in.all.biz
The look you do want :)
Sources: styleguy.tumblr, menstyle1.com
No-No 3: Gym Bag as a Travel Bag

This goes hand to hand with the previous mention. Carrying a gym bag around the city can either suggest you are headed to a gym or you are a fashion lost cause. If you are not a fan of suitcases with wheels, you can still carry a duffle bag, but only if you opt for a stylish variety like black leather I Medici duffle bag, which can go well with the dressy casual style you are aiming for. 
The look you don't want :(
Sources: aliexpress.com, uk.askmen.com
The look you do want :)
Sources: hespokestyle.com, ralphlauren.com
No-No 4: Baseball Cap

Although rap and hip-hop culture has spread around the globe and brought baseball caps to the mainstream of the street fashion, let’s be honest, it is a style appropriate for kids and teenagers, and it should be strongly avoided, especially for older than 25. You can try and give a fedora or a newsboy cap a chance, just to see if this look works for you. 
The look you don't want :(
Sources: fashionbeans.com, kupdates.com
The look you do want :)
Sources: billionaire.com, blog.netrobe.com, menstyle1.com
No-No 5: Tourist Wear


I mentioned at the beginning the “I heart Paris” t-shirts. It is quite obvious you should steer away from such clothes. If you really want to get a souvenir, you can buy a shirt with similar sign, you can save it for when you get back home. Wear your own regular or polo T-shirt. No science in that. 
The look you don't want :(
Sources: blog.travefy.com, aliexpress.com 
The look you do want :)
Sources: mrboystyle.tumblr, outfittrends.com, GQ Magazine
No-No 6: Bright Colors and Striking Patterns

Some locals might even wear bright colors and striking patterns, but that is their style choice. You should try to be neutral and stylish. Do that by wearing solid colors and simple textures, which will also save you a lot of space for packing, since they will be more versatile and easier to combine. 
The look you don't want :(
Sources: lookastic, scrap-town-lady.blogspot.com 
The look you do want :)
Sources: shoeztrend.com, neimanmarcus.com
Regardless where you are traveling, you should never get too comfortable with your style. It is, after all, how you present yourself to the world. 

Thanks for taking a read of Derek's post and I'm sure we'll see him again soon!







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