Recently, I took a whirlwind road trip to Nashville to visit some family friends who just bought a house there.
I had never been to Nashville before, and after this trip I am dying to go back. All those country song about it were right – the city is filled with cowboy boots, neon lights and live music streaming out of every bar.
Obviously I was mostly concerned about the cowboy boots. I was under the impression that I would fit in Nashville wearing a casual-chic dip-dyed dress and strappy wedges.
I always pack too much when I go out of town, but it’s with good reason. For one, I never know what I’ll want to wear that day, and two; I don’t want to look like a tourist. Ever.
I highly discourage acting like a tourist and doing tourist-y things on trips. Looking like and acting like the locals is the best way to experience a city. For example, we skipped the Grand Ole Opry tour and hit the local restaurants and bars in the surrounding neighborhoods. Much more fun and we got a better feel for the city.
So let this be a guide for your next trip out of town. Do your research on what the locals wear and the places they go. Skip the “must-sees” and Ohio apparel and fully indulge in a different culture. You’ll be amazed at what a city holds outside of its tourist attractions.
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