I’ll admit that there are times that I cringe when I see that a really bad caricature of an American tourist in real life while traveling around the world.
(Think Hawaiian shirt, socks with sandals, loud and a know-it all personality just to name a few things to look out for.)
Most would (generally speaking) stereotype American tourists as loud, obnoxious, self-absorbed and poorly dressed, usually standing out and easily identified while visiting a foreign country.
However, as a whole I resent those assumptions.
I’ve run into very few Americans that actually behave this way while traveling. It might just be due to where we travel, but I’m definitely not 100% sure.
I think if you’re visiting an all-inclusive resort or places known for partying, you will be more than likely to see hoards of “ugly American tourists”. However on most of our trips we rarely even see any other Americans around!
When chatting with locals we don’t usually notice negative feelings towards the U.S. and most even seem to be sincerely happy to see American’s going out of their way to visit their towns, cities and country.
This brings me to an article from Yahoo Travel about The Worst Things Americans Say On Vacation.
Here is the list:
- Do you speak English?
- Using double negatives
- How big is the village you come from?
- This place is nicer/ cleaner/ more sophisticated/ more modern that I expected
- Where can I check my gun?
- I love your accent.
- I once knew a guy from (fill in the country/ city/ village name). Do you know him?
- Do you take American dollars?
- Calling everyone man/ bro/ chief
- Can I have some ketchup?
I think that overall Yahoo came up with a solid list of things which would be best not to say while visiting a new place. However, I wonder how often American tourists really ask where to check their gun! You’d also be surprised by how many countries will accept American dollars as payment. And as for ketchup, this is a very important item which can really help make foods that you don’t love a lot more bearable! (OK so maybe you shouldn’t ask for ketchup- I bring my own packets from home!)
What do you think of Yahoo’s list of worst things Americans say on vacation? If you have any to add, feel free to do so in the comments below.
Find out more in Yahoo Travel’s article here.