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23 reasons it's great to be a tourist

By Duncan Forgan, for CNN
November 25, 2013 -- Updated 0515 GMT (1315 HKT)
Gorging on local cuisine and desserts is expected of tourists -- and so is walking around all day to burn those calories off. Gorging on local cuisine and desserts is expected of tourists -- and so is walking around all day to burn those calories off.
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You can stuff yourself and still stay fit
It's OK to reveal your '80s playlist
It's Friday, every day
You can free your feet
It's invariably cheaper
You suddenly have time to read
Even rain can't dampen your mood
You're not at work
Endless foot massages
It's OK to look like ... a tourist
Beats what your friends are doing back home
You learn through experience
Happy hours are worthwhile
You can try food previously only seen on TV
Silly poses are expected
Pointing is as close as you come to cooking
You can mingle, then escape
Postcards show you care
Tan is better than no tan
Experiences are invaluable
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tourists don't care how ridiculous or lost they look in those baggy fisherman pants
  • Tourists can lean on the Tower of Pisa, put their fingertip on the Eiffel Tower and take jumping photos everywhere
  • Postcards are the key to keeping friends while traveling

(CNN) -- With their worldly sophistication, cheap fisherman pants and penchant for being smiley all the time, tourists can be a much-hated group.

But before you laugh too hard at the lost look in their eyes, or mock too much the clattering chaos of their attempts to board the roof of a minibus with five bags and three cameras swinging from their torsos, understand this: they don't care.

They're having the time of their life. And we all know why. Being a tourist is awesome.

Let us know why being a tourist works for you. Comment below.

1. You can eat like a feudal lord every night, and still lose weight from all the walking. Read more: Guide to Hungary's signature dishes

2. Whether you're terrifying yourself on local transport or basting yourself in the sun next to a bag of beer, it beats what your friends are doing back home.

3. Freedom from the tyranny of socks.

4. The guilt attached to not utilizing your gym subscription is way less severe than it is back home.

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"What day is it?" "Feels like Friday."

5. Cold beers on the beach/in a hammock/in bed/in a bar in the middle of the afternoon? Don't mind if I do. Read more: 8 best beer towns in the USA

6. Bringing home a tan and worldly knowledge is like dousing yourself in pheromones. Just be sure to cover up with mosquito spray, to avoid unsightly welts.

7. If you've got any sense, your destination of choice will be significantly cheaper than your home country. Read more: Tightfisted travel poll reveals cheapest trips

8. You can finally finish that book you've been falling asleep with every night for the last three months.

9. The weather. Even the rain seems somehow exotic when abroad. Read more: In defense of rainy days -- why drizzle shouldn't ruin travel

10. The buzz you get walking around a new place knowing you're not at work is one of life's greatest highs.

11. You can get a foot massage every day without anyone thinking you're a fetishist.

In any other clothes you\'d look out of place.
In any other clothes you'd look out of place.

12. You can wear anything. Baggy Thai pants with a singlet? Go on, no one will bat an eyelid. Read more: 7 travel fashion trends that should be banned

13. You learn about the country you're visiting through experience, rather than National Geographic. Or CNN Travel.

14. Happy hour is actually worthwhile -- half-price drinks starting just before sunset and extending for at least two hours.

15. You get to try local specialties previously only seen on TV: balut (Philippines), fried monkey toes (Indonesia), tete de veau (calf's head, France) and roasted ants (Columbia). Read more: A traveler's guide to eating insects

16. Those childish antics people get up to in pictures -- fingertips on the top of the Eiffel Tower, posing with fake gladiators at the Coliseum -- yep, you get to do them too now.

17. The nearest you get to cooking is pointing at the fish you want grilled for your dinner.

18. You get to mingle with a range of nationalities. Then escape them the next day. Read more: Who are the world's worst tourists?

19. With minimal effort -- such as sending a postcard -- you make your friends and relatives think you really care.

Now that\'s what I call a wig.
Now that's what I call a wig.

20. Those 1980s iPod playlists you compiled especially for the trip go down particularly well with others.

21. Tanned fat looks better than pale fat.

22. You get to wantonly fritter away money with the sudden knowledge that experiences are so much more valuable than things.

23. You can finally jettison your mobile phone and laptop without stress. Phileas Fogg wasn't online for hours at a stretch every day and neither should you be.

More: Postcards vs. the Future: 10 'endangered' travel items

Now let us know your favorite tourist perks with a comment.

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