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In traditional China you never pick up again what`s been falling down on your plate. That`s you personal dish-trash... Elderly people will be disgusted if you will pick up.
In Benin you`ll hide your left had and don`t show it while eating.
Different cultures, different ways to go.
There are typical tourists EVERYWHERE. As a Brit I could list the typical British tourists too, from those wearing shorts and t-shirts when the people in Florida are wearing gloves and scarves, to the football-strip wearing blokes and their skanky wives in Spain who just get drunk everywhere and only eat British food etc etc.
Mostly I found that by dressing a little nicer than usual, I fit in or was accepted pretty well. Really, I didn`t do much else. I still took pictures (though I definitely didn`t wear my camera around my neck) and I had my fork in my right hand.
I think the biggest idea when travelling to a different county is to be respectful of their culture and to represent your own well.
"Give up the ice." YES! I hate how I always get ice in my drink. :(
But a friend and I did stay with a boy our age and shadowed him at school. The weirdest part was the sex-ed. Imagine two American girls in a office with 12 kiwi boys talking about sex and the different perceptions our cultures have.
Basically we were teenagers- we all wanted it.
typical american tourist:`Could you tell me where the Anne Frank house is` (the older ones)`Could you tell me where i can buy weed` (the young ones)
i see a lotta americans walkin around in shorts (even when it`s dratin cold, dunno why.. ) with sneakers.. and a hoody and a baseballcap or a beany..
so yeah, thats the typical american tourist around these regions...
they travel in huge packs though so are generally safer lol!
And, I might do the map thing if I`m really lost or worried I`m getting that way...
Expect us to take the piss (be fondly sarcastic) to you. Refusal to give as you get often offends.
And look both bleedin` ways when crossing roads, particularly in city centres as we don`t do grids (in any of the touristy areas at least).
Jaywalking is practiced by everyone apart from uniformed cops and parents with under 7 year olds, but only do it if you know which way the traffic is coming at you and you can`t see any.
Don`t excessively tip. 10% in a restaurant if there are more than 6 of you, up to the nearest £2 if there aren`t. Also, round up to the nearest £1 for a cabbie or 2-5% for a hairdresser.
Don`t get the tube between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, it`s about four times as long than walking it (it`s less than 400 yards).
Don`t carry your passport around with you anywhere in Europe. Some countries demand you have it as ID, it just makes the pickpocketers life a lot more profitable. Have a photocopy instead
That`s an awesome idea! Made me chuckle too :P
How to not look like a Japanese tourist:1) Travel in groups of less than 4.2) Take a maximum of 30 pictures a day.
I work in a DIY shop (hardware store) and an American lady came in asking for all sorts of weird crap and adding "I don`t know what strange name you call it in the United Kingdom"
Also, try and pronounce place names correctly. That was missing in that list. It`s not pronounced Buck-Ing-Ham Palace its `Bucking-umm Palace`
Listen to this guy, fatties. All other tourists as well.
btw: once I, too, thought that flip-flops and socks do match nicely. meh.
I know I live in a great country. I`m very lucky to have been born in a place where, as a woman, I can vote and go to school. My government (mostly protects) my freedom of speech.
I admit to being a proud American, which is fine as long as I acknowledge the sins and evils that originate from my nation.
In other words: it`s fine to be proud to be an American. Just don`t flaunt it when you`re outside of America.
Unfortunately, so many of us are like trust-fund kids. We have it so good that we become spoiled and have no concept on how the rest of the world works.
Be nice and you`ll see: they will all be nice to you. I`ve been travelling to more than 40 different countries, to most of them several times, and I`ve never ever experienced any serious problems.
Explore the world, but with dignity.That`s the best investment for all the money you`ll earn.
And for that reason, I am anxious about ever leaving the country. I want to explore the world, but I`m just going to be met with hostility and hatred. So I will stay in America, and stay ignorant.
The cycle continues.
If I ever leave this country, I`m going to do everything in my power to hide the fact that I`m American.
Since when is not carrying a water bottle polite?
It`s not about being an American. It`s about being a typical American.
ive never had any cheese on apple pie.
but if you have your disposable camera, fanny pack, and always speak english, youre treating the country like a zoo rather than a place where people live.
El Davo and owen need to take their love-fest somewhere else now. its clear that both of you are ignorant and are just taking up valuable space."Ew, Pat is such a typical American."just like the typical German is a Nazi, the typcial Mexican as 10 kids, the typical British has messed up teeth?Iroj, as much as you try, the president has only as much power as the other two branches let him have. even then, a lot of his advice comes from his cabinet, so its not nearly one man running the place.
Except when they order melted cheese or their apple pie..Is this typically American, or just the hunter/fisherman types from Michigan.
I have to admit...yuck!
The problem is, that due to too many ignorant and snooty American tourists the image has gone south... I remember sitting at a parking lot somewhere in Central America, chatting with some kids. They told me that many tourists coming here with a rented car don`t know how to handle the alarm. And usually it goes off and they don`t know how to end it. They help European tourists, because these are friendlier and give tips. With American tourists their experience was rather bad. So they have fun doing nothing, watching (even calling) the police coming and collecting some fee.
Sometimes it pays off not to show some of our bad American habits. That`s got nothing to do with being proud of America.
That`s what makes this such an exceedingly ignorant article
since others laugh their a$$ off about your uncultured/unrefined behavior.
To sum the list up: try to show a little respect and humbleness and the world`s your friend.
Ask George Bush
I am not french but I have many friends that are. In Canada we tip at the end of a meal, so how do you plan on spitting in food that was already served? We also don`t tip if the service is not worthy. Perhaps if people didn`t assume that oh no french people we`re not going to get tipped anyway do just treat them like poo, and actually provided good service they would get tipped (and well most everyone I know tips well over 15%)
Oh ya to all the French Canadians please tip waitstaff while in the US or they`ll spit in your food.
Overall, though, I like the list. It`s not so much saying that you should be embarased to be an American, more like mind yourself so that you don`t make a bad impression.
Seriously, stay in your own country ChronicJ if that`s what you think.
Advice to all tourists:Wear normal clothing, keep quiet, try not to make your accent too obvious. That goes for everyone, not just American tourists.
This list shows the intolerance of Euopeans. Not surpizing to see this from the continent that gave the world the gift of fascism.
I mean, no one born in the Middle East, Asia and Africa has blonde hair or speaks with an American accent. I`m not saying all Americans are blonde, but all of the above regions don`t have naturally blonde people. Hence, you`re either European or American if you`re on vacation there.
Also, the whole American chain restaurants? Dude, in the Middle East, EVERYONE eats at McDonalds, Pizza Hut etc, whether or not you`re a tourist.
So again, this list, totally for Europe.
Pretty good list, but really what`s wrong with looking like an American tourist if you`re a tourist from America? It can`t really be helped. Maybe you should call fannypacks `bum bags` in the UK though. Fanny means something entirely different over here...
I don`t know where you heard that. We always tip waiters etc. over here.`
We do sometimes, not always, but Americans are GOOD tippers. Workers expect Americans to be good tippers so they are nicer to them though. I don`t think Americans should be told not to tip, that`s silly. I think more people should be told to tip in the UK. I work in a bar/restaurant and I am always a little annoyed when I`ve worked a full weekend shift and haven`t got any tips. Some days we get no tips, some days we get some, but with the wage I earn someone doing it full time is gonna rely on the tips!
"Stockholm" I said, "the capital of Sweden."
I don`t know where you heard that. We always tip waiters etc. over here.
The idea that you`re supposed to change your wardrobe from country to country to fit in more with your surroundings is ridiculous.
And "knives and forks are used differently in Europe" ...what? No they arent.
The only thing I`d say generally is to wear not quite as bright clothes, and shorts are a major give away, and not quite be so loud, but aside that I can`t see what the problem is, do your thing, its your holiday/vacation!
Iroj; the American government system is fine. You`ve got a two term rule (thank god).
My friends and I went our separate ways to another country, I took time to learn the basics to speak the native language (non-conversational but enough to get my way around), learn the customs. I had the time of my life. My friends just flew there and thought they could get their way without speaking a single word or knowing anything about the country. I had the time of my life there, and they mostly got closed doors. "Gee I thought they would understand English". Lol yeah right.
I once went border of France and Italy, and it`s funny without any customs anymore, you can walk from one place to the other, and one side they simply don`t speak French, the other side they couldn`t speak Italian to save their lives. That`s how it goes.
1) Japanese: Take a picture of everything, often me because I look like a student apparently.2) Germans: Invariably rude.3) French: Come in packs of 30 schoolkids occupying the entire pavement/sidewalk so you have to play dodge the bus in the road.4) English - map`s upside down and they`re looking for Carfax tower but are within 100 metres of it.5) Americans - Either frat kids or retired - in the latter case with a good penchant for golf attire - they`re nice but unintentionally loud and I wish they wouldn`t call stuff Quaint.
prankmaster, if you want a pooload of tourists to come to the UK, fear not. Our currency has collapsed against both the euro and the USD. There`ll be hundreds of thousands of European and Yank tourists in the UK this coming summer, trust me. :-)
Americans in England
But seriously, the English tourists that visit the hot European countries like Spain are even worse. You at least know (dare I say it???) that American tourists usually have money and class. The Brtis that go to the hot countries in Europe are the equivalent of rednecks on tour.
go to bed man, your grumpy. lol
To be honest, it`s 3:30 AM so I`m just bored, having fun on the internet being offensive like a coward because I know none of you are actually gonna do anything to me in real life.
i once spent an entire semester learning the CURRENT FOOTBALL season in history class..and got told off when i finally said "OKAY. im here to learn history, not the current football season that hasnt even really come to pass. so can we learn some history please?"
To tell the truth, from experience working at a theme park, I think the Brazilians are the worst tourists. They talk during presentations, and leave trash everywhere expecting "the help" to clean up after them. We are not your maids, throw your own stuff away.
pat: do you work at the Mall at Millenia?
Because no American government official has ever done anything stupid or power-hungry. e_e
Didn`t your Prime Minister just make himself a dictator or something rediculous ecause that`s how messed up your governmental system is?
...And you`re scared of the dark.
What should he save her from anyway? The worse thing going on in her life is the fact that she`s Canadian.
One of the many reasons we don`t want yanks in our country.
A guide basically telling Americans not to look so American.
If all of you can`t stand the American way so damn much, why do all of you come here for vacation? And by the way, nudity is not acceptable on a vast majority of American beaches. Stop being ignorant and put your tight-a*s Speedo back on!
And also Owen402006, last time I checked Canadians really weren`t THAT different from Americans. It usually takes me a while to tell if I talking to a Canadian, and when I was up in Ontario recently someone asked me if I lived locally. Plus, you drive the same cars, shop at many of the same stores and many of you have an accent that could easily be from Michigan.
But is it really that important what color my socks are?
2. I hate ice. Even here in America I order my drinks without ice.6. I don`t drink decaf8. Now that I`m of legal drinking age, that won`t be a problem, lol.
2. I`m never loud5. I do that anyhow7. I don`t chew gum
Besides those few things (for me anyhow), that`s good advice.
Any non-USers, or more knowledgeable than me, why don`t you use your fork in your right hand. I mean I don`t whenever I`m cutting something, but 40% of the time I use my right hand.
Turtle, this was a bit of fun. Not my approved link, I hasten to add.
Listen, turtledude, you were previously temporarily banned by me for (quote) "Disgusting trolling about handicapped people... Comparing mentally handicapped people to dogs who need to be shot."
How about you take that big long right-wing neck of yours and reel it back in some?
Actually that one is on there. Also, tourists are obvious wherever they go, wherever they are from, and whoever they are. Why? Oh I dunno...cuz theyre tourists!
And honestly, I can spot american tourist when they come down here to miami. Its mainly in the tacky tourist clothing
lose some god damn weight
Funny, it seems americans are finally learning that they`re pretty hated, if not hated disliked and if not disliked.. seen as mildly irritating.Is this an avoid being kidnapped guide? If so, you can add don`t be loud and obnoxious.