when a tourist poses as a resident of the country they're visiting, because they don't like people to know they're tourist or just because they're pretentious.
They tend to act casual, don't ask for directions and try not to be seen with maps, guides, cameras, gift shop bags or any other item that can reveal they're on vacation.
"Every time I go to New York, I become a faux resident. I hate when people know I'm a tourist."
Hey Kim, I think that guy is trying to glance at his city guide without getting caught. He's definitely a faux resident.