How to Spot a Tourist in New York City

by Sandra Foyt on May 23, 2012

in Travel Photos

No matter what anyone tells you, it’s not cool to walk the mean streets of New York City with a camera around your neck.

Knowing that, I’ve tried for subtlety. Camera discreetly tucked into a stylish handbag, replacing the DSLR with tiny point-and-shoots, or my personal favorite – camouflaging my intentions by dressing like a professional photographer. You know the kind. Wearing all black: from nondescript T-shirt to rundown sneakers; matching vest sporting dozens of bulging pockets in various sizes; multiple DSLRs, including at least one with a telephoto lens that could spot an antelope…on the moon.

And then I became a travel photographer, confident in my abilities, eager to get the shot no matter what the cost to my personal esteem. Behold the professional travel photographer in her natural habitat.

Professional Tourist in New York City

Professional Tourist in New York City

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Steve May 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

LOL. I would have bought it until the I❤NY mug. You certainly don’t look like a casual tourist though.
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