Travel Tip of the Day: Wear Neutral Colors

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All the recent excitement around the World Cup reminded me of a good travel tip, which is this: If you want to stay safe from rowdy drunks and goons just looking to pick a fight, then always where neutral (or home) colors—and not the colors or memorabilia of an opposing sports team—no matter which city, state or country you’re in.

For example, I’m a huge Yankees fan, but you’ll never catch me wearing my NY cap or pinstripe shirt in Boston, since I would just be asking for it. Or if I’m in England and Italy is playing them in a big match (as happened on June 14), I won’t be wearing my shirt that reads “Kiss me, I’m Italian.” Of course, it’s unlikely anything would come of it, but you never know who you’ll run into.

FYI: The photo above is from the TBEX conference in 2011 in Vancouver, which coincided with the Canucks’ (Vancouver’s hockey team) deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.



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3 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Wear Neutral Colors"

  1. HAHAHA! funny, you have sense of humor. I will wear neutral colors in traveling most specially in world cup. Great tips, thanks. :)

  2. In England there are very specific connotations about baseball caps–New York Yankees are frequently worn by young Protestants and Boston caps are worn by young Catholics.

  3. I once wore a Winnipeg Jets jersey to a Montreal Canadiens game. I thought that was pretty neutral (also a Canadian team, other side of the country, different conference), but I guess I was wrong. Fortunately, I didn’t have any problems, but someone booed me in the bathroom.

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