Michigan is a great place to visit, especially if you're coming from another state. Michigan residents like to travel outside of the mitten on vacation. Do Michigan residents stand out like "tourists" when we leave the state?
I think that unknowingly we look like tourists whenever we visit another state, it even happens when we are in our own state. What kind of planning goes into your vacation? Do you wear family coordinated clothing? Do you get a selfie in front of every single landmark at your destination? No matter what you do, keep doing it if it makes you and your family happy. Our family is pretty laid back and we will keep it simple, we won't be coordinating as a group.
Think about it, perhaps dressing less touristy and being less tourist could help you when it comes to safety. Let's be honest, criminals pray upon tourists. The less touristy you dress could decrease the chance of you getting mugged.
I can remember when I was 12 my family went to California. I got some cool O.P. t shirts, new sunglasses and Hawaiian shorts. The shorts were the big deal for me and I felt really good going to California because I was going to fit in. I looked the part but all of my clothes were brand new, like a tourist.
10 Easy Signs That You're Vacationing From Michigan
Any clothing that refers to fudge.
There's nothing embarassing about it. If you love your state and some of the fine products produced in Michigan, then by all means wear a fudge hoodie. It screams, "I love fudge and I'm from Michigan".
Asking for an olive burger.
When you travel out of Michigan you might have a hard time finding an olive burger. The Olive burger is native to Michigan and the other states haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet.
Binoculars for everything.
I don't see a lot of people using binoculars nowadays, but when I do, they're most likely tourists. We do the same in other states but with the invention of these amazing cameras on our phones it's easy to zoom in on things we want to see.
Coordinating outfits for you and the family.
To each their own. Our family doesn't do this but if you and your family does then so be it. It screams "tourist". If you are trying to match your outfits so you can find each other easily, you might end up tricking yourself.
Knee high black socks.
No matter where you are from, you're going to stand out like a sore thumb. Especially on the beach.
Leashes for kids.
While you may be making sure they aren't running off to explore, you could trip people up and cause a scene.
No Salt Life
You definitely scream "I'm from Michigan" when you wear this shirt. Nothing to be ashamed of but people will know you're not a local.
Ordering and wearing anything from your vacation destination on the flight there.
If you're going to London and you buy your London t-shirt before your flight, to wear on the plane, you might be a tourist. Just saying, when I come back to Lansing I'm not wearing a Lansing t-shirt.
Wearing a fanny pack.
Just don't. Criminals could be on the lookout for you. How much stuff do you need to carry? Phone, wallet and key fob.
Where's the Walmart?
Most people know where the Walmart is in their town. If you need to ask, they know you're not from there. Walmart is convenient for items that you may have forgotten.