Monday, November 16, 2015

There are good travelers
and then there are bad travelers.
Once in a great while, you'll hear about
true tourist crime.
For the sake of saving you the embarrassment, possible
criminal charges, and overall shame of messing so incredibly bad, we've
rounded up all of the things you want to steer clear of when you're on
vacation.
Ahead: seven rules that will keep you on the tourist
straight-and-narrow.
Don't Mess with the Local Animals Unless you want to end up completely
messing up an entire species' birthing ecosystem, it's best to play the role
of observer when it comes to the wildlife in and around your destination.
On
that note, taking selfies with the wildlife is also not encouraged—just take
one woman's failed attempt at snapping a shot with a wild bison as an example.
Leave the Selfie Stick at Home Aside from getting you into trouble with a
dangerous animal, selfie sticks can also help you change the very course of
history—in the worst way possible.
Proof: recall that time two travelers in
Cremona, Italy tried to take a photo with an ancient statue by climbing onto
it and eventually breaking it. On the other side of things, sometimes you
don't get caught scaling the Brooklyn Bridge and you get an amazing shot out
of it.
Still, the Instagram likes are never worth your well-being.
Keep Your Pants On Truth: If you decide to explore a landmark
pantsless, there is a chance locals will blame a natural disaster on
you—such was the case atop Malaysia's Mount Kinabalau in Borneo.
Need more
motivation to keep your clothes on? Learn from the group of travelers who were
hit with a hefty fine after snapping a photo while mooning the camera at
Angkor Wat.
Hands Off the Art Accidents happen.
Sometimes they happen to 12-year-old
boys who trip into a $1.5 million painting in a museum.
While it may have been
completely unintentional, don't be that guy (or gal): Watch where you're going
and have respect for your surroundings. Drop the Drones Great advances
have been made in iPhone video and photo capabilties—take advantage of them!
Besides, drones are hard to pack and will sometimes cause you to irreparable
damage to a famous cathedral in Milan.
Don't do that.
Don't Choke Fellow Flyers It should go unsaid, but causing physical
damage to a fellow airline passenger is never going to end well.
Learn from
the guy who choked a woman after she reclined her seat into his space.
If you
need a refresher, read up on our definitive guide on how not to be a jerk on
an airplane.
Walk the Walk Do a little bit of research before jumping on that plane to
vacation city.
Whether it's learning a bit of the language or quickly picking
up on the local walking habits, you'll blend right in (kind of).
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow
her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
Nobody likes a disrespectful tourist.
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