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Travel Advice: How to deal with locals?

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I'm sold, I'm going there, not sure when but you guys have helped heaps for me to understand it a bit more there so thanks again.

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swimming in the rain at boracay magic

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swimming in the rain at boracay magic

At least it makes it easy to rinse off the saltwater after your swim. It does tend to make the water visibility go down dramatically though.

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jme

Ok...I hear this often from folks coming from developed countries, who have not seen beggars, viagra sellers, sun glass sellers, flower selling kids, my birthday sir kids etc etc that much...I'm from a third world country and i meet them everyday for the last 30 years and they don't bother me at all..

 

Now the trick is...NEVER MIND THEM...NOT EVEN A "NO" or stern NOOO or even a look at them....I see some tourist think if they engage with them and tell them politely they will understand and go ..BIG MISTAKE...The problem i see with western expats is they give way too much importance to a non-event...Even if you look at them...its all over...In the west..its like you had me at hello...in here..its just a look, an intent in mind and they will have you for the day....DO NOT EVEN MOTION your hands that you don't want it...and Never say...when you get frustrated with them, ..................................................... etc etc

 

hey man, I was down at the circle yesterday and I decided to try this totally ignore technique and it worked like a charm... I walked down there and one or two yelled out "want to buy ..." but when I didn't even blink they gave up right away and it seemed to send a message to the other guys down further as they didn't even bother to ask.. cheers!

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