25 Tips From Locals That Every Tourist Will Want To Hear

Posted by , Updated on November 21, 2022

The locals always know more than tourists. That’s obvious. Why do we even need a list? The answer to that is because we want to know what exactly the locals know that the tourists don’t. What are their secrets? Have you ever seen the tourists around your town doing something or going somewhere and you just wish you had time to stop them and say something? Well, these are the things that the locals in other places would tell you if you were a tourist, and they had the time to stop and talk. Of course, you can probably get this information in a guidebook, but this list isn’t just about being informative, it’s also interesting to read about the tips that locals have concerning their neighborhoods.

Now for some of you that are slightly better traveled, many of these tips will probably be old news. They aren’t top secret or anything, but for a newbie traveler, they can be quite useful and informative. It’s always good to know what places you can go to and what places you should try to avoid. So, whether you are a seasoned traveler or have never even been on an airplane, these are 25 Tips From Locals That Every Tourist Will Want To Hear!

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AmsterdamImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Don’t walk on the red paths. Those are for bikes, and you will most likely get hit.



AlaskaImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Yes, the bears are dangerous, but also make sure to watch out for the moose. And the mudflats. And the roads that are dangerously close to the edge of steep cliffs.



HollywoodImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Don’t touch the stars on the walk of fame, and don’t sit on the ground either. Let’s just say that it’s pretty dirty. Putting your face down next to one of those stars is probably not a good idea, either.


Banff National Park

Banff National ParkImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Don’t feed the animals. It’s just a bad idea.


New York City

New York CityImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

You shouldn’t pay more than $2 for a hotdog that you buy on the street.


San Fransisco

San FransiscoImage: gags9999 via Flickr, Source: reddit

During summer, you can always spot a tourist. They’re the ones wearing shorts, sandals, and a San Fransisco hoodie that they just bought because they thought it would be nice and toasty. Pro tip: the weather doesn’t change according to the time of year. It just changes.


New Orleans

New OrleansImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

It’s a beautiful city as long as you don’t look down. Also, do yourself a favor – don’t pick up any beads that you see lying on the ground. Speaking of beads, don’t wear them unless it’s Mardi Gras season.



SeattleImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Don’t go to the Space Needle. Go to Columbia Tower. It’s a better view, it’s cheaper, and it’s less crowded.


Empire State Building

Empire State BuildingImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Don’t come here. Go to 30 Rock. The view is better.


Paris, France

Paris, FranceImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

If you start in English, they will respond in French. If you try to at least say a few words in French, you have a greater chance of getting a reply in English. Or at least they’ll probably be a bit more helpful.

Pro tip: always ask people if they speak English before actually speaking English.


Washington DC

Washington DCImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

The US Capitol Building is not the White House. Also, the monuments look amazing at night.


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LondonImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Tower Bridge is not the London Bridge.


Times Square

Times SquareImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

It’s fun for the first few minutes but locals avoid it. Also, avoid pedi-cabs; they’re rip-offs.



YellowstoneImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Just because an animal doesn’t have claws or sharp teeth doesn’t mean that it can’t kill you.



RomeImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

The price of ice scream is regulated…unless you sit down in the restaurant’s seats, so buy it take away.



MelbourneImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Yes, we know it’s Australia, but the winter is colder than you think.


Venice Beach

Venice BeachImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

If someone asks you to listen to their mixtape…walk away!



HawaiiImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

There is a lot more here than just Waikiki Beach. That is all.



PhiladelphiaImage: Dave Z via Flickr, Source: reddit

If you want a cheesesteak, avoid the touristy spots. Find one from a local food truck.



PhoenixImage: Broderick Delaney via Flickr, Source: reddit

Don’t hike Camelback in summer. People die of heatstroke every year.


Disney World

Disney WorldImage: wikipedia

The best time to go is in October. Summer break is over so the park is a bit emptier. And for all you northern tourists, it’s not as hot either.



NashvilleImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Only tourists wear boots and Stetson hats.


Rocky Mountains

Rocky MountainsImage: wikipedia, Source: businessinsider

They really are very rocky. If you just flew into Denver, don’t head straight for the hikes. Denver itself is already quite high, so spend a night there and adjust. Altitude sickness isn’t fun.



GreeceImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

Greece is more beautiful than you ever thought. Athens…less so.


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Australia and Florida

Australia and FloridaImage: Mike Mozart via Flickr, Source: reddit

If you are from England or Germany, and you decided to take a beach vacation, wear sunscreen! A) You look ridiculous as a lobster B) Everyone knows you’re a tourist C) It’s awful for your health. It doesn’t matter if you don’t burn in England. It’s called direct sunlight. You don’t have it up there.

Note: Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean you can’t get burnt.

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