12 touristy habits to ditch before your next Euro-trip

Cape Town - Have you added these 'note to self' do's and don't to your travel notepad yet?

You might just want to get the ball rolling and brush up on your travel etiquette the next time your visit Europe. 

The best advice to take is often your own. If the droves of tourists at the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island and the Union Building make your squirm and hurt your eyes with their touristy T-shirts, and khaki shorts then don't do the same when you're abroad either. 

Here are some of Yahoo Travel's top things to stop doing in on your next Euro trip...

1. Cash for the win - While Europe is modern and relatively more advanced than Africa, not all European shops take credit cards. It is always a great option to carry around cash with you. Some travellers even carry around petty coins to throw at thieves in awkward situations. 

2. Update your credit card - Is your current bank card an oldy but a goody, and the old faithful you constantly reach for in your purse? Well, your oldy may be a bit outdated for European swipe machines. Some chip cards are not fully compatible with the European chip machines.

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3. Don't look so darn dull - Just because you are a tourist, doesn't mean you have to look like one (or so... comfortable). Adding a few smarter options to your luggage and dressing up at night can really get the inner-party started and attract some nice attention. 


4. Claim your VAT - If you plan on buying some expensive items, save your till slips and ask the cashier for a VAT tax refund form. It needs to be stamped by the cashier and you need to take it to the tax return counter at the airport before you leave Europe. Perhaps you can buy some sexier travel clothes with your VAT refund?

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5. Don't go overboard with bringing home food - Some foods may not be allowed into the country upon arrival. 

6. Bread and tap water ain't always free - While the rand is admittedly low, it is not always clever to accept only bread and water in Europe. Some restaurants and hotels are known to charge for these little extras, says Yahoo Travel. 

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7. Not knowing the language - Not knowing a few phrases is the local language is often rude, yes, but it is also not very practical is you are travelling off the beaten track. Make sure you have a local phrase book either in your bag or on your phone. It could save you a few euros on your next taxi ride. 

8. Overpacking - Who is going to carry your 40kg suitcase now in the sweltering Rome heat? Definitely not the Italians. 

9. Only staying in hotels - Boring! Go out and meet new people, chill with the locals and get the lowdown on the coolest hangouts outside of the tourists sections and the backpackers. Try out Airbnb accommodation, Nightswapping, backpacking or camping on your next trip.

10. Expecting public transport to be on time - European cities have lots of traffic and like most countries, can run a few minutes behind schedule. 

11. Judging the power of the local hangover cure - If you could get drunk on their alcohol, you might as well trust the local hangover remedy too, even if it is fruit ice, pickle juice, or just another drink. 

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12. Travelling without headache tablets - In all likelihood, you will somehow end up with a headache, whether self-induced or sun-induced. Prescription medication, like ibuprofen, is not an over the counter drug in Europe. 

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