***HOW TO HANDLE BEING STARED AT WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD*** I was in the gym working out this morning in Chiang Mai Thailand, when I caught a Thai guy staring at me very intensely while working out.
I smiled, gave him a head nod, after which he gave me a nod and a smile right back.
Thinking he was done staring, I then proceeded to do my set, but he still stared at me.
When I finished my set, I noticed his staring, and then his head turn quickly from my direction, to the opposite direction lol.
I chuckled inside, and finished my workout.
Now here I am, this 6 foot 4 inch standing man, my skin tone is darker than most, I have a big sexy beard, the colors of my workout clothes don't match (it's a Haitian ting), I'm working out very intensely, and he chooses to stare at me... And I forgot to mention I'm the only black person in the gym, not like I stand out from the Thai crowd lol.
Most people would get very offended when getting stared at so intensely by other people in other countries.
There are times when I feel uncomfortable being stared at and I feel like saying "Yo, what are you looking at?" (I get stares every single day, so I'm uncomfortable daily)
People stare uncomfortably at me:
* in the gym
* in restaurants
* driving on the roads
* walking down the street
* walking around the city
* exploring the temples
* anytime they can visibly see me in real life
But you see, I embrace the stares here in Thailand.
I embrace them because the people here are staring out of curiosity in most cases, and not animosity like in other places around the world.
So how should one handle being stared at when traveling?
Here are a few remedies I'd recommend, and that I actually practice to alleviate the stares.
1. Smile, Nod, & Wave
2. Strike A Pose
3. Staring Contest
4. Embrace The Stares & Take Advantage
5. Ignore The Stares & Pretend You're Invisible
Those are some tips, and things I use to overcome that uncomfortable feeling of being stared at while black and abroad.
Do you get stared at much when you travel? What are some strategies you use to handle these uncomfortable situations?
Peace from the far East,
ANNOUNCEMENT (french below): I’ve been working on a new field of work for the past couple of months... photography! I showed a peek of my work behind the camera but I’m finally ready to show my work as a photographer. If you are from Montreal or its surrounding areas, this post is definitely for you! If you want to support me as an emerging artist AND get awesome pictures, come over to @mrtn.photos
! 😊 Hope to see you there soon.
ANNONCE: je travaille depuis quelques mois sur ce petit projet.. la photographie! Si tu habites à Montréal ou dans ses banlieues, ce post est pour toi! Si tu veux supporter un artiste émergent ET avoir de belles photos, vient voir @mrtn.photos
! Au plaisir de te voir là-bas 😊
HOLIDAY DESTINATION 2018.
English& Dutch translation below⤵
This summer me and my brother @dominicwiltschut
will make a big trip 🌏✈🛩 to visit our family in Indonesia in Bali. .
We have been to France, Paris, Belgium,Germany and Spain already. We are planning to go first to Taiwan Taipai and then to Bali and we plan to go to Java Lombok and Komodo to see the dragons 🐸🐸🐸 .
Are u making holiday plans already and what is your favorite destination tell us in the comments below ⤵
Het is alweer 2018. Tijd om vakantie te plannen voor de zomer. Wij gaan deze zomer naar onze familie op Bali en naar de eilanden Java, Lombok en Komodo. Wat is jouw favoriete vakantiebestemming? Laat hieronder een berichtje achter. .