How to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist

Submitted by: SaintPatty 8 years ago in
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OK, non-US I-A-Bers, is this true? And how many Yanks are guilty of all these sins?
There are 188 comments:
Female 859
haha i laugh at amercian tourists..
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Male 695
why do americans have a love affair with the toilets on tour buses? people from the u.k will go days on a tour bus and not use the on board toilet once.
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Male 22
Well... that`s true, some people carry BIG F*CKING Backpacks with them, i think that`s the easiest way to identify a tourist.. or that`s what i think
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Female 304
So i`m going to France next summer...any suggestions?
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Female 1,682
i be a lefty to. so i dont even have to worry bout the right hand rule =] though i find it a little strange you cant hold it in your right hand 0.o
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Female 29
some of the stuff in that article was ridiculous :P don`t ask for ketchup?! and i always eat with my fork in my right hand, i must be weird =/ and i drink coke every time i go out for a meal but i`m from the uk so maybes we have more traits in common with america? it`s nice to learn all these different behaviours from around the world :)
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Male 117
@tiggerwitch1:
In Germany, just as an example, it`s considered rude to sit at the table and have only the fork in your hand. Well, the younger ones do that, but they are kids and so that`s ok. But you do use always fork and knive, fork left and kinve right.
You`ll never get, let`s say, a salad (which you could eat just with your fork) served only with fork, but always with fork and knive. And you use both.
That`s considered basic manners 101. Simply as that.

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.

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Male 192
*slaps snchpnz*
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Female 536
I`m a lefty so I don`t have to worry about my fork anyways xP
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Male 4
don`t take a shower and you will fit in anywhere
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Male 8
In the U.S. you can tell who is a European tourist just by their terrible body odor. Somebody should inform the people of Europe that there`s this thing called "deodorant" and that it goes under your arm. Wear it! And they might want to take some back to their countries too. I`ve been to Madrid, Paris and London and God forbid anyone raises their arms or removes their coat. The stench is unbearable. I know it is not that Europeans don`t bathe because you can`t smell them just by standing next to them but if they move their arms RUN! The worst part is on the airplane when everyone is storing/getting their luggage from the overhead compartments. X-( There is no escape and you can only hold your breath for so long.
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Female 1,441
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:15:46 AM
Wow I doubt people really care that much about people looking like american tourists.
But nope never been guilty of anything on that list. My mother lived in different places around Europe her whole life.
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Female 587
i thought the fork thing was a little weird. What if someone is right-handed? the only time i use the fork in my left hand is when i`m cutting something
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Male 1,557
I think this would`ve offended less people if it was done more as a comedic "typical American tourists are like this..." thing as opposed to telling you how to avoid looking like one, as though it`s a bad thing (aside when trying to avoid offending people etc).

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.

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Male 1,109
whats wrong with looking like a tourist?
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Male 650
It doesnt matter what you look like or say or do. Just have fun and stay away from the dark alleys and bars.
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Female 5
In my few experiences of travelling abroad (Canada and Italy), I tried to fit in with the locals enough to not draw an excessive amount of attention to myself. However, most of my trip I was in a marching band uniform, so that didn`t really help with fitting in. :-)

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.

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Female 267
"I hate obnoxious tourists. I live near Pensacola Beach and there are some very annoying tourists that show up to flock to the beach. How hard is it to not be obnoxious when visiting somewhere?"
Me too. I live in San Diego, right near the beach- so I know how you feel.
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Female 267
All of these sound like my mother. ALL OF THEM.

"Give up the ice." YES! I hate how I always get ice in my drink. :(

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Female 76
Yeah, this is TRUE! One HUGE thing they forgot to put down is that ,for whatever reason, DO NOT wear your "Visiting" countries flag. In some places wearing a symbol,logo,or a picture of that nations flag is A HUGE offense. That SCREAMS "I`m a flippin` tourist", it`s like...Why not hang a HUGE billboard saying in fluorescent colors : "I`m a tourist, mug me!", with flashing lights. :D
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Female 354
living near the beach, I`ve seen many tourist from different parts of the country and from eroupe. one of our classic tourist look is plain white t-shirt with tan shorts, brown dress shoes and black socks... not kidding
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Female 204
Reading this makes me want to back to New Zealand. I was apart of a student ambassador group so it was hard not to look like tourists when we had to travel in a group of 50 and wear lanyards.

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.

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Male 502
For tourists coming to the States. Go where you like. Have a lot of fun enjoying our cultural and geographic diversity. And spend lots of money, the economy is in the crapper. Cheers!
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Male 338
I hate obnoxious tourists. I live near Pensacola Beach and there are some very annoying tourists that show up to flock to the beach. How hard is it to not be obnoxious when visiting somewhere?
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Female 917
If I ever travel out of country, I`ll be polite and respectful of their country, but no way am I going out of my way to blend in.
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Male 1
If i have to follow a set of guidelines in order to avoid getting mugged, i dont think i`ll be leaving the U.S. anytime soon...
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Male 18
ok i live in Amsterdam..

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...

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Female 195
prillypopz
Female, 18-29, Europe
103 Posts Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:38:40 PM
It`s a good list. Someone might want to translate it and give it to the Asians though - the amount of times you see them in London wandering round with their cameras and gawking at the buildings...!!...

they travel in huge packs though so are generally safer lol!

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Female 130
the behaviour part is true. i live in canada and work in a touristy place...and once they start speaking i can usually tell that theyre american
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Male 7
in s. america you caN TOTALLY recognize a tourist :P
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Female 458
The ice thing would be hard to give up, but I`d survive. I`m just one of those people who is temperature sensitive.

And, I might do the map thing if I`m really lost or worried I`m getting that way...

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Male 1,803
Another tip: A lot of Yank backpackers sew on Canada flags to their backpacks because almost all Canadian backpackers do that. This dramatically reduces the amount of political comments from uneducated muppets (there are a few) who think Bush is personally your fault and nobody elses.
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Male 1,803
Tip for Americans coming to the UK.

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

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Male 1,148
@ Lionhart32

That`s an awesome idea! Made me chuckle too :P

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Male 8,300
Actually, I`ve used some of these for the OPPOSITE reason - I noticed years ago that shopkeepers, restauranters, etc treat tourists much better than ordinary customers, so when I go to a restaurant, I wear a new "Tasmania" cap, a camera round the neck, and a really loud shirt, and get faster, friendlier service! lol
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Male 266
Lol, i went to a country in South America wearing an Aeropostale hoodie that had the words NY all over it... I didn`t even know it until a few days later. I also travelled alone, and i was 13. Now im like, crap! How did i not get mugged?
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Female 1,545
Americans are people, too, guys. And most "typical" Americans I`ve encountered whilst overseas were old people.

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.

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Male 2
Don`t hate Americans just because we live in a decadent society. Decadence is just freedom with a smile.
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Female 385
ummm, fanny packs are lame in america too. so why do people think it`s okay to where them in other countries?
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Male 20
You know what would also help you to not get mugged? Having a freaking spine.

Seriously.

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Female 393
i dont eat with my fork in my left hand. if i did that, id end up with it IN my face. also, avoid hawaiian shirts when you go to warm places. they forgot that.
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Female 170
It`s a good list. Someone might want to translate it and give it to the Asians though - the amount of times you see them in London wandering round with their cameras and gawking at the buildings...!!...
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Male 1,347
hooray all people in minneapolis wear hot pink or bright blue, its true! most of these seem general for any tourist. Its not like europeans, canadians, aussies, kiwis and whoever else don`t do these things. and whats with no sports shoes? people wear trainers everywhere.
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Male 156
And I`m English - not Australian!
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Male 156
One thing that really annoys me about Americans when they come to the UK is how the feel the need to comment on how our two cultures have different names for things.

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`

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Male 499
Omg, far too true.

Listen to this guy, fatties. All other tourists as well.

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Female 1,516
Wow... reading this makes me realize that I am a great tourist. I must blend in really well when I travel.
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Male 905
thank god i`m canadian :D. Haha its actually true though. we were in mexico and a bunch of the locals thought we were american and kind of shunned us. then they found out we were canadians and they were really nice....
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Male 117
@trilliongram:
well spotted...
and people like you are needed abroad to show a picture of matured and respectful, but still proud (of what it`s worth to be proud) Americans!

btw: once I, too, thought that flip-flops and socks do match nicely. meh.

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Female 135
@2otto2: What`s sad is that the people who need this article the most are the ones most offended by it. :/

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.

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Female 15,763
I`ll stick with saying I`m from Canada. From what I`ve heard, that seems to work well.
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Male 117
@trilliongram:
don`t stay at home.
Go out there and convince the world that not all Americans fit into these patterns.

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.

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Male 451
so having a fat, bulging belly supported by a neon colored fanny pack whilst holding a battery-operated spray fan and yammering loudly into a cell phone in speaker mode is probably not the way to go...
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Female 135
Unfotunately, there are some of us out there who know that, as Americans, we are hated.

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.

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Male 703
this list is so true.. wearing socks with your sandles or flip flops.. ugh.. one thing that should be on the list is control the volume when you speak in public.. calls to much attention...
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Male 2,313
"Six, the article isn`t saying it`s bad to be a tourist, the article is trying to help people who don`t want to stick out as a tourist in a foreign country. It`s advice on how to be polite and stay low profile, that`s all."

Since when is not carrying a water bottle polite?

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Female 710
In Edinburgh it`s easy to tell when someone is a Spanish tourist. When it`s something like 10 degrees celcius, they`ll be wearing big thick coats, but locals will be wearing shirts and maybe a thin cardigan.
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Male 34
"drat this list. since when do i have to be embarrassed to be an american."

It`s not about being an American. It`s about being a typical American.

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Male 5,094
AOD-ninja: What, speak insanely fast and double park everywhere? ;)
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Female 171
For the stereotypical Americans Ive encountered working retail, know the countries currency please... We don`t want to help you figure out what a loonie is or explain why our money is so many different colors. :p Especially when there is a line up behind you. Credit cards make things easier too.
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Male 410
I was a foreign exchange student in Germany and I have to admit I could always spot fellow Americans because of typical American behaviors. I can also tell you that if you do try to incorporate some local customs especially the language into your daily routine your experience will be much better.
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Male 1,420
the article isnt to keep you from looking American. if a foreigner doesn`t like you for being American, they are in the wrong. no questions asked.

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.

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Male 221
And yea, this article actually will make you safer whilst abroad. Theifs and muggers see typical tourists as very easy targets, as most people wouldn`t really know what to do if they were mugged in a country that didn`t understand your language.
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Female 62
I never notice the difference between an American tourist, or any other tourist that comes through here.

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!

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Male 13
Hmm.... Not only Americans act like this when on vacation, you also see this behaviour with (western-)European people :P
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Male 221
Americans eat with the fork in their right hand? o_O
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Male 117
@panth753:
there`s nothing wrong about loving to be an American. We can also make up some lists about other nations (Germans, British,...) and it would look quite similar.

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.

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Male 2,372
[quote]On Tuesday 12/30/08 - 7:00:19 AM generic_man wrote: drat this list. since when do i have to be embarrassed to be an american. [/quote]
You don`t!

That`s what makes this such an exceedingly ignorant article

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Female 9,572
I love being an American, so I don`t really care if people point and laugh at me.
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Male 117
@generic man:
"drat this list. since when do i have to be embarrassed to be an american."

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.

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Male 171
"drat this list. since when do i have to be embarrassed to be an american."

Ask George Bush

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Female 838
"Oh ya to all the French Canadians please tip waitstaff while in the US or they`ll spit in your food."

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%)

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Female 838
I worked for a local cruiseship that travels to a french speaking area of Canada. We had a very rude, demanding american couple on board one trip. At the destination the couple wanted to know some french phrases. For "how are you today?" we told them "Donne moi ton portefeuille". For those of you who don`t speak french. It means give me your wallet.
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Male 2,160
meh, in germany you can generally get away with a good part of that in the former west german major cities, the occupation left a good bit of everyday american influence
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Male 904
nice list. im trying to go to japan this summer so, nice to know
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Male 14,331
Look out Europe I`m coming with a crate a ketchup to eat your babies with while wearing american flag pants and putting ice in all your drinks.

Oh ya to all the French Canadians please tip waitstaff while in the US or they`ll spit in your food.

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Female 107
Six, the article isn`t saying it`s bad to be a tourist, the article is trying to help people who don`t want to stick out as a tourist in a foreign country. It`s advice on how to be polite and stay low profile, that`s all.
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Male 2,313
Also, what`s so bad about being a tourist? Like it or not without tourism a lot of local economies would collapse.
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Female 302
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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Male 2,313
When I backpacked Mexico a local told me he would have sworn I was European. It was strangely complimentary and mildly confusing.
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Male 10,440
I agree with the list, except for the part about water quality. Yep, American tourists need to avoid looking American. For their own safety.
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Male 3,331
When I go to a different country (yes, I`m from the US), I don`t care if I blend in or stick out like a tourist. I am a tourist. I will go out of my way to avoid offending anyone by being rude or breaking local customs (don`t show the bottom of your feed in a Muslim country, for example). But hey, I`m there to be a tourist, I want to be a tourist, I am tourist. A nice, polite, respectful, but way out of place, tourist.
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Female 107
When I toured China, I had a really hard time dealing with the fact that I stuck out like a sore thumb. Although I`m short, with blue eyes, ultra white skin and natural, flaming red hair, it wasn`t as though I cold blend in with a crowd. The people in China were very nice to me, especially since I bothered to learn some local manners and a little Mandarin, but over all I felt extremely isolated. When I traveled to Scotland, I didn`t feel nearly as isolated as I did in China, but I still watched the locals and figured out how to behave so that I didn`t stick out. There is never any harm in learning how to behave in a foreign country, especially one that is vastly different from your own. It demonstrates courtesy and intelligence, the two things that are sure to keep you from annoying local people when you travel.
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Female 38
the socks + flip-flops combo is SO typical
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Male 406
people act like being american is such a bad thing.
dammit, if i`m going to pay the money to visit some foreign place that speaks a totally different language, has a completely different culture, and snobs for the locals you can bet your bottom dollar i`ll be walking around in my athletic shoes and super high white socks, maybe some outrageous shirt, a grill with something misspelled on it (because what is more american than having gold teeth and a typo?), a flag for a cape and i`ll even go so far as to order fried chicken. everywhere. no exception. oh, and kool aid and apple pie with a side of lard.
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Male 3
Oh yeah, and avoid being fat!
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Female 24
I remember when I lived in Germany for about a month I used to carry around a backpack all the time, but that was just because I was attending school there and it was easier.
I also dressed and acted how I do normally and people always thought I was either German or at least British.

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.

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Male 121
i read this and i was like....wouldnt you look like a tourist trying NOT to look like a tourist, therefore making you look like a tourist? o.o
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Male 513
I never thought people were such snobs in Europe (France being the exception).
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Male 4,680
"This list shows the intolerance of Euopeans. Not surpizing to see this from the continent that gave the world the gift of fascism."
Why yes! Because facism was invented in Europe (as was pretty much everything else before the last century), it means that all Europeans are facists and because of that, hate obnoxious tourists!

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.

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Male 353
I found that tipping in resutraunts is a dead give-away and pisses off a lot of waiters and waitresses.

This list shows the intolerance of Euopeans. Not surpizing to see this from the continent that gave the world the gift of fascism.

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Male 516
the point of this article is not to hide the fact that you are american, but to try to make you less of an obnoxious tourist
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Female 158
i`m sorry, but it`s true!
i was in paris and i heard some american tourists say "wow.. Paris is like the european hollywood!" LOL, bless.
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Male 322
I think I clarified and then wrote exactly the wrong thing! I meant that most tourists blend in unless its their accent. Its the blondes in these regions that don`t.

My bad.

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Male 322
Whoever made this list is pretty much summing up his/ her knowledge for vacations to Europe and America.

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.

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Female 455
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zigzag_meth... - The difference in knife and fork etiquette, if anyone`s interested.

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...

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Male 48
drat this list. since when do i have to be embarrassed to be an american.
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Male 415
Pfft, a rather stupid list. Some comments are true for all tourists, not just Americans.
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Male 171
Mostly true. Your average American is greedy, selfish and shortsighted enough to accomplish most of the things on that list in one day.
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Female 299
` "They should also mention to not tip your waiters, bartenders, or cabbies in the UK, since that is (oddly) the norm."

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!

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Male 5,094
I`d like to add "Know where you are" to that. I once had a man in his sixties walk up to me and in a broad New Yorker accent asked me "What town is this?"

"Stockholm" I said, "the capital of Sweden."

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Female 857
Whenever I`m in America, usually whoever I talk to I say "Yeah, I`m from Canada.."
I don`t mind being the tourist taking pictures of everything.
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Female 667
Whenever my mother and I go to Europe, we are always mistaken for locals and you can see shock on peoples faces when they hear our accents, but all we do is dress nicely. I still wear my converses and carry a backpack.
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Male 541
"They should also mention to not tip your waiters, bartenders, or cabbies in the UK, since that is (oddly) the norm."

I don`t know where you heard that. We always tip waiters etc. over here.

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Female 1,653
How does holding your fork in your right hand make you stereotypically American?
If that list is all true, I think I was born in the wrong country...
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Male 2,372
If you are an American, and you are on a tour of other countries on vacation, then there`s a good chance that you are going to look like *GASP*, and American Tourist.

So what?

The idea that you`re supposed to change your wardrobe from country to country to fit in more with your surroundings is ridiculous.

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Male 24
They should also mention to not tip your waiters, bartenders, or cabbies in the UK, since that is (oddly) the norm.
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Male 211
some of them are accurate... but the "in London they wear black or another neutral colour" no they don`t... when i went to London in october they were wearing all sorts of different things, and most of the food ones i do and i`m not even american
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Male 1,557
A lot of those are very accurate yes. But for the UK a lot of those arent neccessary, and I imagine the same in other countries, ie you can wear Nike here, ask for Ketchup and wear sneakers and no one will particularly care as many others do that here anyway!

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!

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Male 1,803
Iroj
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
820 Posts Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:20:05 AM
Our government isn`t perfect, though...its very far from it.

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Iroj; the American government system is fine. You`ve got a two term rule (thank god).

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Male 237
LOL I agree imanironchef :) Really entertaining :) On topic, I agree with what`s written in the article, with some caveats, but I agree.

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.

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Male 1,803
This is pretty accurate for the UK at least. My home city is Oxford (as in the really famous university city in the UK). We get 9.3 million visitors a year. There are five types of tourists:

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. :-)

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Female 311
You definitely have to tone down the happiness to fit in over here in the UK. It won`t upset anyone but you might get a few rolled eyes as it is seen as a very false personality trait over here while in the US it is the norm and not meant to be fake.
But do what the hell you like, just beware that people might not like you. :D
It made me smile where it says that in the UK the men mainly wear dark close-fitting clothing - it`s true but I never thought about it before.

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Female 4,376
Pssh whatever. I`ll dress how i damn well please and ask for my drating ketchup if i want it. I`m very polite to people who waiter/waitress. But I don`t plan on ever leaving the country anyways so I guess it doesn`t matter.
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Male 2,148
I try to keep it entertaining.
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Male 639
Prime example of American tourists

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.

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Female 39
Oh man these comments are more exciting than the actual link!
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Male 2,148
I`ve never seen someone get upset over being wished a happy *something incorrect*, I`ve just seen people get upset over the fact that someone else might be upset by it. Literally complaining because "someone" might be upset by it.
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Male 2,148
I would love to see a customer complain about something like that. Better yet, I want to see a person get fired for doing that. What would the wrongful termination laws have to say about getting fired for wishing well to someone?
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Male 2,148
Buddy, I`m 18. I never actually do this except tonight, it`s just that it`s 3:30 AM and my brother`s using the Xbox. I am left with few options.
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Female 475
idk man, it happens. i work at a hotel and christmas morning this guy comes down and i said "merry christmas!" and he was all offended and was gonna complain..*sigh*
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Male 2,148
I can`t actually imagine anyone who is really offended by being wished a Merry Christmas when they`re Jewish. Everyone I know would probably just correct the person and that would be the end of it.
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Female 226
In other words, Davo is so pathetic he has to get his kicks from getting into hypocritical, idiotic, and prejudiced peppered arguments with teenagers?
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Female 475
omg! the first day of that history class we got in a circle, and told something about our selves. this girls like "i can belly dance" or something and that teacher says "oh! well your going to have to show me sometime.." it was uncomfortable for the whole class...no. im not making that up. =S
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Female 475
yea, i agree! that, and its kinda like the whole "Happy Holidays" crap, where if you say "Merry Christmas" oh lord! you might offend someone! =X
god forbid those obnoxious Americans offend anyone..but when some italian starts yelling at you about "YOUR COUNTRY IS FULL OF BABY KILLERS!" its okay! put a smile on!
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Male 2,148
At least that teacher wasn`t trying to have sex with any of his students... hopefully. THAT`S one thing no one rags on the Americans about. That never makes the news anywhere else, if it happens at all.
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Male 2,148
Yeah, I don`t really think there`s that much of an issue. The problem is that somehow Americans got a reputation as obnoxious and now we`re stuck with it. I know I deserve that tonight, but usually I`m not. It`s just that there are other tourists who are also obnoxious but we can`t say anything about it because of opinions about us.
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Female 475
it wasnt the kids who was starting the conversations though, it was the teacher, and also it was the teacher who told me and my friend off cause we "are the only ones in the class who have a problem with it.." it was ridiculous. idk how that guy was ever a teacher..theres no way any of us could have passed that semester (which he told the entire class off for, at the end, cause no one knew they`re material)

go to bed man, your grumpy. lol

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Male 9
i Live in england and i love tourists
it means people still want to come!!
i dont think you`d get mugged if you are a bit cautious
but apart from that we love americans!
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Male 2,148
Eh, you win some, you lose some. There`s about four classes where all I talk about is football, I still do the homework and get A`s in those classes.

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.

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Female 475
funny you say that, i was living out east when that occurred..
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Male 2,148
But you`re in the Midwest so it doesn`t count. It`s assumed that if you don`t make it somewhere playing football, you`ll just farm like the other 9 in-breeding generations of your family did and you don`t need school to learn how to do that.
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Female 475
iiiii donno eldavo...

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?"

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Male 2,148
Between the watching television for 16 hours per day, eating 20 cheeseburgers over the same time period, and general hedonism that occurs day-to-day in this country, we do actually take the time to learn some things at school.
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Male 2,148
Why don`t you please enlighten me on what`s wrong with a school system I can only assume you`ve never been a part of. I could tell you all the reasons you`re wrong and that I`m really not this ignorant, I`m just having fun, but go ahead and explain it to me.
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Male 119
ElDavo you are an excellent example of the American school system.
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Male 1,225
This list is mainly for folks traveling to places like Colombia. I`m going to have a fun time when I go there to meet my girlfriend`s (soon to be fiance`s) paternal family.

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?

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Male 2,148
Let me explain... this was from a show called "How I Met Your Mother." It`s retarded and I only watched because my dad has control of the television. In the show, Minnesotans claimed that Canadians were scared of the dark and when a few characters went to a Canadian bar and the lights went out, everyone freaked out. Don`t get all scientific on me.
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Female 960
Our government isn`t perfect, though...its very far from it.
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Male 2,148
Our government didn`t allow him to take over everything. He was allowed to lie hundreds of times about terrorism and the state of the military in Iraq, produce false documents, and it refused to do anything about it when all of this was discovered, but he never took total control over everything.
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Male 119
Scared of the dark? Since you hate Canada so much you should know that our country is covered in complete 24 hour darkness every winter just like the rest of the arctic.
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Female 960
"I`m just saying that our government isn`t so backwards that an elected official can claim himself to be a supreme overlord and he has the legal right to do so."

CoughBushCough

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Male 2,148
I`m just saying that our government isn`t so backwards that an elected official can claim himself to be a supreme overlord and he has the legal right to do so.
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Female 960
"Didn`t your Prime Minister just make himself a dictator or something rediculous ecause that`s how messed up your governmental system is?"

Because no American government official has ever done anything stupid or power-hungry. e_e

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Male 2,148
You have damn Canadians as your head of state. Much, much worse.

Didn`t your Prime Minister just make himself a dictator or something rediculous ecause that`s how messed up your governmental system is?

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Male 2,148
America hasn`t been scared of Canada since 1812, when you proved you can`t do anything substantive. Besides, it`s fitting that you would refer to almost two centuries ago because you haven`t done anything since then except play hockey/get beat at hockey by Russia.

...And you`re scared of the dark.

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Male 119
ElDavo we can love our Queen as much as we want. We are NOT a republic we are a Constitutional Monarchy meaning we don`t have dickheads like Bush and fried chicken eaters like Obama as our head of state.
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Female 960
Ew, Pat is such a typical American.
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Male 2,148
God save the queen? I don`t have the patience to get into why a democratic nation should most certainl not be saying "God save the queen."

What should he save her from anyway? The worse thing going on in her life is the fact that she`s Canadian.

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Male 119
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
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Male 119
Americans are just scared of Canada. I guess they don`t want their precious republic society to collapse like it did in 1812.
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Male 2,148
Haha, he said "yanks". Dude, you`re so damn ignorant it makes me glad I live in the south. Drating canucks...
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Male 119
"And also Owen402006, last time I checked Canadians really weren`t THAT different from Americans."

One of the many reasons we don`t want yanks in our country.

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Male 2,148
But Pat... anyone even remotely resembling Americans are shunned from the international circles so Owen tries to distance himself as much as possible. Y`know, even though he`s already shunned because of the whole... being Canadian thing.
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Male 756
And something I find quite ironic about this post...

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!

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Male 756
Umm...why do I really care if people know I`m an American? I work weekends at a mall that is frequented by foreign tourists (most likely because there`s a theme park up the road), and I put up with their sh*t all the time. Also, I love when you all come into my store and assume the electronics I sell are 220 volts. You`d think coming here you might take the time to research that there is a voltage difference (it`s 110 here in North America), but apparently not. And stop trying to haggle with me, this isn`t a damn outdoor market. The price on the sign is the price.

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.

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Male 2,148
Maybe I`m being a little bit too offensive? To anybody I may have semi-offended, sorry. Just don`t come back with crap about my country because, to be honest, there`s nothing I can do about it and I really don`t care.
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Male 2,148
You`re Canadian, nobody wants to go to your country unless they`re picking up prescription drugs. As soon as that happens, don`t worry, It`ll be our pleasure to get the hell out of your hockey-playing, ass-backward, sorry excuse for a country.
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Male 119
Don`t follow the advice. The best thing would be for you not to come to our countries at all, but if you do we need to be able to spot you and tell you to get the hell out.
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Male 2,148
By the way, I`m 6`1, 220 pounds. Every time I go to Europe, and yes I have been to different countries there more than once, I am usually with at least two other people as big or bigger than me. I would LOVE to see some Italian pansy-ass try to kidnap me.
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Male 2,148
I`ll do what I want, wear what I want, and say what I want. Don`t get me wrong, I respect other cultures, learn about them, and do copy what I see fit, but I AM actually American and I won`t change anything so people don`t think I`m not.
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Female 1,004
I do what I need to as a tourist. I do speak what I can and be polite and quiet (I usually am anyway) but if i need ketchup, then I better well get it!
Not my fault I was raised in America, people! Can`t you see I`m trying to leave it for a while? Even as a tourist?
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Male 1,788
"haah, i just posted this link on yahoo answers.. and people called me racist"

...umm....Right...

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Male 9,305
So basically if I were to travel abroad, I`d simply act as if I were going over to a friend`s house and behave myself as if I were in front of his/her parents.

But is it really that important what color my socks are?

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Female 681
haah, i just posted this link on yahoo answers.. and people called me racist
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Female 84
lmao this was classic
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Male 161
right on Prime, I`m a lefty so I usually hold my fork in my left hand
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Female 22
I`ll wear what I want and do what I want, just like I do here. Thanks.
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Female 39
Hahha yes I see these americans all the time when I travel, though im probably guilty of a few. I find that the first rule of travel is to have respect for the country and it`s people. And remember that a country was built to make it`s people comfortable, not you.
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Male 26
remember, if they don`t speak your language, just say it louder, slower and anunciate more.
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Female 475
personally, i find it a little more than irritating that the "stereotypical Americans" (for lack of a better term) are just messing up my reputation over here! I mean, i was having a really nice conversation with this Italian once, and like the min he found out i was American hes all hell-bent talking about "DEATH TO YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY YOU BABY KILLERS! RAPISTS!" jeez dude, i wasnt even old enough to vote? And even if i had been, like its my fault my government wants to get involved in everything? i mean seriously? ...some teenybopper out here in bumfudge nowhere has all the power to say "hey mr. bush! GTFO!" *sigh*....but ya know what i mean?
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Male 3,646
1. I don`t wear athletic shoes
3. I don`t wear name brand crap
7. I hate baseball hats, backpacks, and water bottles.

2. I hate ice. Even here in America I order my drinks without ice.
6. I don`t drink decaf
8. Now that I`m of legal drinking age, that won`t be a problem, lol.

2. I`m never loud
5. I do that anyhow
7. 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.

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Female 45
Where is the " don’t be a ignorant rude Italian tourist" I work at a super busy NYC tourist attraction and I get people from all over the world and the one group that is always rude and ignorant( and cheap) are the Italians. I mean they even throw the money at you wft! British, German, Swedish, and Dutch are the best :) polite and quiet.
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Female 143
Ok, I lived in England for a year and travel every few months to europe, but I never quite got this down: can someone explain to me how in Europe they use forks and knives and how it differs from the US?
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Male 12,138
vv "How to not look like an American Tourist? F*** the rest of the world, everyone is just jealous of the USA. USA #1! USA!USA!USA!"

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?

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Male 1,788
"Is this an avoid being kidnapped guide? If so, you can add don`t be loud and obnoxious."

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!

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Male 178
ive seen brits go against pretty munch every single one of these here in america(of course obviously switched around), even the fanny pack thing
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Male 7,933
fork with right? I always hold with left.


And honestly, I can spot american tourist when they come down here to miami. Its mainly in the tacky tourist clothing

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Male 1,289
Disregard the ignorant comments please -_-
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Female 493
It all seemed pretty obvious, no?
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Male 1,289
Haha well, I`d love to go out of the country for a while :]
it`d be nice...
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Male 889
How to really avoid looking like an american tourist:

lose some god damn weight

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Male 1,556
turtledude and LoofaBoy, This is a guideline for people who`re embarrassed to be snuffed out as an AHMARIKAN.
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Male 1,526
this is so full of...ach, whatever.

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.

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Male 3,301
I wholeheartedly agree with turtledude. Show your American pride, drat the French!

xP

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Male 11,739
Yeah, that`s accurate. It`s so easy to pick most Americans out of a crowd anywhere outside the US. I thankfully learned how to blend in long ago and it wasn`t anything out of the ordinary for me in most cases. I don`t dress like an American on most days and I stay away from chain restaurants.
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Male 70
How to not look like an American Tourist? F*** the rest of the world, everyone is just jealous of the USA. USA #1! USA!USA!USA!
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Male 970
Link: How to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist [Rate Link] - OK, non-US I-A-Bers, is this true? And how many Yanks are guilty of all these sins?
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