In places with lots of competition for limited tourist attention, beware the “hard sell.” Some areas are notorious for salespeople applying extreme amounts of pressure: following too closely, asking invasive personal questions, blocking your path, or employing guilt or other emotional manipulation.
Sometimes a firm but polite “no” is enough. The best approach, though, is to simply to avoid the worst areas: long rows of tour operators offering the same services, tchotchke merchants peddling identical wares, and any cruise ship dock or taxi stand.
We are Kevin and Danielle Tarchenski,a pair of introverts that travel the world. Why? To save money, have fun, maybe learn a thing or two. We love to work from the road and write about our adventures. Most of all, we enjoy living simply: peaceful walks, homecooked meals, quiet nights in – wherever we make our home this month.