How Not to Be a Tourist

Code name HNTBAT or How Not to Be a Tourist is a site that caught my eye several months back, but I’m only now getting around to posting about. Starting with the major cities, HNTBT keeps expanding to share insider information on how to visit a place and avoid sticking out like a sore thumb. Each location is approached with a sense of humor, which is made even funnier by the fact that it’s strongly based in reality. Broken down into DRESS / ACT / LIVE the various categories give you a sense of the place from what do wear to how to carry yourselves, with insider tips from people who know best. The way information is broken down as comparison (aka photo of what you should be wearing and what not to wear), helps get the point across quickly and in a memorable way. Also, it’s participatory in that you can leave your own comments to help set things straight if you disagree (or laugh with them if you feel it’s spot on). Woven into each section are fun little extras like playlists that help you feel the part, mini polls (i.e. When it comes to macarons are you more Ladurée or Pierre Hermé?), catch phrases only a local would know and the current weather (illustrated). From the design to the content, it’s just a fun site to visit even if you’re not going anywhere. And if you are going to one of their featured destinations? It’s a must see!
For more HNTBAT Paris, click here. For all other cities, here! The official website is way more fun to visit than looking at the screen captures. Well done, HNTBAT!

P.S. Don’t miss my “I Heart Looking Like a Tourist” guide to packing for Paris.

{images via HNTBAT}

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