10. Don't take your new DSLR Nikon camera
Can you be spontaneous with a big camera like that? No, no you cannot. It’s like having a pet that people might mug you for. Buy a pocket camera or use your phone instead. Or crazier still, capture the memories in your mind.
11. Ask bartenders what’s up with nightlife
To avoid getting dressed up and taking a $30 cab ride across town only to find that “hot new club” you researched on the Internet is now a hot new Jimmy John’s, find a bar that looks like the kind of place you’d hang out at home and ask the bartender, in the least-creepy way possible, where he likes to drink. If the bartender is a hot female, this is twice as useful.
12. Don’t give away too much info about yourself
Say you’re in Uzbekistan, or any of these countries, and those really friendly people at the local watering hole are all of a sudden super interested in where you’re staying once they learn you’re American. What do you do? You lie. Like you’ve never lied before.
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