How to behave correctly as a tourist on vacation

– With the corona vaccination campaign, many residents of popular metropolises are hoping for a return of tourism. But not everyone is thrilled. Many things should therefore be different from before. Some cities already have ideas.

Corona is forcing the world to stop. Many locals have claimed their previously overcrowded cities. Too much tourism (overtourism) had led Amsterdam residents to complain about the noise and dirt at the door, thousands of guests pushing through the streets of Dubrovnik at all hours and huge cruise ships threatening the foundations of Venice in front of the Ducal Palace .

However, thanks to the increasing pace of vaccinations, the pandemic situation may soon ease. City tourism will return. It is to be expected when some urbanites look back with nostalgia to the time when their community belonged only to them and their neighbors. Because honestly, tourists are fine for business, but most of the time they get in the way.

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It makes no difference whether the stranger explains a city map in the same way or stares at his cell phone autistically. Either way, he will stop abruptly to orient himself. What he forgets are the people walking behind him or oncoming passers-by who are going straight from A to B. So to work, grocery shopping, dating or picking up the kids. Or the drivers who know the way in their sleep.

Even worse is the desire to take a photo or a selfie in the middle of the pavement, at the traffic light island or in the pedestrian zone, for which the flow of traffic is blocked for minutes. Prudent visitors to the city at least look around or retreat to a quieter corner so as not to disturb anyone. Sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and areas of large cities often require behavior like on a busy street.

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In the shopping center there is a simple rule: in countries with right-hand traffic, on the right side of the escalator, where there is left-hand traffic, stay on the left. This allows others to overtake you to the left or right. The space-saving lateral position on the escalator is particularly important in cities such as London or Moscow because there are extremely long specimens. This means that those in a hurry always rush down or up the long stairs to catch the train or other connections. Wrong human obstacles are placed politely, but often unequivocally to the side.

Trash is a constant nuisance

Garbage, which tourists always produce in abundance, remains an eternal nuisance. Residents in neighborhoods worth seeing can sing a song about it. While there are still benches with garbage cans near the park and green areas are ideal for sitting in when the weather is nice, it becomes more difficult in purely residential areas or in the city center.

Stairs of all kinds, ledges, benches of private houses and lawns are opportunities to settle down

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Because not all tourists go to the bar or restaurant several times a day to eat. It is not just a matter of travel budget, but also of the time that many prefer to spend strolling and discovering. So all that remains is the popular “takeaway” sandwich and coffee and the question of where to sit and consume?

Stairs of all kinds, ledges, benches of private houses and lawns are opportunities to settle down. However, there is usually a lack of infrastructure, i.e. toilets and garbage cans. But weary visitors to the city will find a place to rest anywhere. They hardly know they are bothering the residents with this.

It is forbidden to feed the pigeons

Feeding pigeons has been banned in Venice since the end of 2009.

Feeding pigeons has been banned in Venice since the end of 2009.

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It’s even worse when they leave their leftovers and do things no local would do. An example is the popular feeding of pigeons, for example in Venice. But be honest: Who is feeding pigeons at home if they are not just precious carrier pigeons, but avid air rats?

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Venice recognized this problem many years ago and it is an example of how financial penalties can be used to control visitor behavior. Feeding pigeons has been banned since the end of 2009. The fine for this can be up to 500 euros.

Eating and drinking on the ground, on the shore, on the sidewalks, on the monuments, on the steps and on the bridges, but also on the flooded bridges and on the edges of the fountains is not that expensive. All this has been in the index only since 2019 and is punishable with 100-200 euros. Other destinations may also introduce this at this time.

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