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How Can US Tourists Make The Best Impression?  
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7237 times:

Hi A.net.

I'm writing a tourism-related article and I'm gonna use you guys as my personal research guinea pigs.

The piece is about what steps American tourists can take to be perceived as more welcome guests in other countries, as well as the mindset Americans should have when they travel. I'd like to get A.netter's opinions, especially if anyone has personal stories, positive or negative, about interaction with tourists from the USA.

Thanks.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7193 times:

When I went to the UK last month, I made sure to say please and thank you at every opportunity and to smile. I try to do that at home too, but sometimes I forget a thank you here and there.

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7193 times:

As far as Germany is concerned, it is *not* embarrassing to ask for directions to say a Shoa/Holocaust memorial or a former concentration camp. It *is* embarrassing to first beat behind the bush for about two minutes:
"Uh-huh it may be a bit difficult ... we know Germany is now a democracy, and a peaceful one on top of that ... the past is over .... 60 years ... yes, yes ... but erm ... we really would like to see ..."
Ask a straight question - und gut ist.

Of course this does not only go for Americans but also for Austrians.  

[Edited 2008-11-03 12:26:50]


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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7180 times:

I've traveled a good bit, all over Asia, India, and Europe, and to Ecuador in South America.

Some advice that I'll bring to the table.

A.) Kinda goes without saying...do some research about the country you intend to visit...The worst thing a person can do is go to say Italy and not have any idea how the culture is, what they should be spending on stuff and what they want to see, and how to get around etc.

B.) Learn a few key phrases in another language...Assuming that The whole world should speak english is the worst way to travel....Don't be the Chicken with your head cut off running around yelling "Does anyone Speak English?!!??!"...If you don't speak the local language, don't make it so obvious. Learning a few key phrases will help a lot...Consider learning to say Excuse me, Where is?, Do you Speak English, Hello, Thank you etc....being considerate is always helpful especially when you need help.

C.) If you are traveling to less fortunate countries...It is not cool to make fun/ yell "ewww" at people. If you see much less fortunate people, take it as a learning experience, and understand just how fortunate you are...Example:

I was staying with an Indiginous family way up the side of a (inactive) volcano...Now most of these people don't really have internet or tv or anything, and so the community has only one pass time, which is Volleyball. Instead of sitting there complaining about how they play volleyball in the dirt and how you're scared of the Puma's in the mountains....Embrace the community and play a round of volleyball.

D.) For the younger people...I suggest staying in a hostel. Sure its not the best accomodations, but you'll meet people from all over the world, with a similar goal as yourself...and that is to see the world. Younger people generally speak more english and sometimes you get some company to chat with and learn more. Hell I hiked the Great Wall of China with an Aussie and a Swedish guy. And partied in Florence, with people from New Zealand, France and Britian.

E.) and this is the last most important Suggestion...Keep an Open Mind...The world is full of different langauges, cultures, foods, and people...Take it for what it is...Then and only then will you really enjoy it.


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7159 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
Learn a few key phrases in another language

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I lived in Egypt for three months. Before going I bought a couple of "learn Arabic" CDs and phrasebooks. The Egyptians I met were either impressed or happy that I could speak and understand a little Arabic. Making an effort counts.

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
The worst thing a person can do is go to say Italy and not have any idea how the culture is, what they should be spending on stuff and what they want to see, and how to get around etc.

Another great point. Know what you are doing, where you should be going, and how much you should be paying for a taxi (none of the meters work in Cairo, negotiate all prices beforehand!).

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
Keep an Open Mind.

Try the food, talk with the people, and follow customs as much as you can. Who knows, you may even like it!

Texan



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7148 times:

When speaking, use your "inside voice".


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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7143 times:



Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
what steps American tourists can take to be perceived as more welcome guests in other countries

Stay in America?  Wink

Just kidding. Bring us your dough. And so long as there's enough of it, do what you like...



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21861 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7093 times:

Obviously, the more of the local language you know, the better, and you should make the effort to learn as much as you can. But you should at the bare minimum know the following phrases:

"good morning/evening"
"please"
"thank you"
"do you speak English?"

And don't expect that everyone will know English, especially in rural areas. Don't get frustrated about it and think that speaking more loudly in English is going to help. It won't, and it will piss people off.

-Mir



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7082 times:

We US citizens are generally good tourist. It depends on what countries you visit.
The American tourist in Mexico are much different than the American tourist in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.
The negative stereotypical American tourist I noticed only visit places like the U.K, France, Germany (Western Europe) as well as resorts in Mexico and islands in the Caribbean.
I found the American tourist in Asia to be far most sophisticated and do make an effort to learn the local language and customs.

Quoting Metroliner (Reply 6):
Bring us your dough. And so long as there's enough of it, do what you like...

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Good advice!


***DON'T*** proselytize, change their culture, change their ways or bring your pet 'cause' to their country.



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

One thing that always amazes (and annoys) me about tourists here, most of whom happen to be American, is that I'll be driving home from work, right through the downtown tourist trap shopping district, and these tourists will ignore pedestrian crossings and traffic lights, just jump out in front of my car, or, even worse, stop in the middle of the road for a photo op. And then be surprised if I (or someone else) honk/s the horn. Honestly, do you expect me to do that in the middle of the road in, let's say, Times Square? In other words: use common sense, don't switch off your brain, just because you're on vacation.

Oh, and white folks... please don't get your hair braided - it looks stupid. Big grin



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User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7059 times:

In general I've had good experiences with US tourists visiting Mexico City. Some of them try and actually manage to speak undertandable Spanish and I have gladly given them directions in Spanish or English, whichever they prefer. I was once in a resort and a little 7 or so year old American kid knocked on my room's door thinking it was its parents'. He apologized in a VERY polite way. Therefore I have nothing to say but nice things about American tourists.

Also, if you don't marvel at the fact that there can be a subway in a city other than New York or London or that people don't ride horses or wear sombreros, you should be fine. The whole world is Americanized nowadays to some extent. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7060 times:



Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
The piece is about what steps American tourists can take to be perceived as more welcome guests in other countries, as well as the mindset Americans should have when they travel.

Only two things, mostly pet peeves from other Americans who stomp all over Japan:

1) Don't start all sentences with: "Well, in America..." or "In my country, we don't..."

2) Learn more than just hello and thank you in the local language. Learn phrases like how to ask where the bathroom is, cash or charge, can I/can't I, if it's not too much trouble, etc. It's so annoying that many of my fellow Americans demand everything in English.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7038 times:

Learn about your destination before you go. My mum was once on a tour in London and someone from Texas was complaining about how he didn't pack an umbrella because he didn't realise it rained in London  Yeah sure

User currently offlineJCKastrup From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7029 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
A.) Kinda goes without saying...do some research about the country you intend to visit...The worst thing a person can do is go to say Italy and not have any idea how the culture is, what they should be spending on stuff and what they want to see, and how to get around etc

Exactly. "I thought Denmark was the capital of Ikea" is not a good way to start.

But in any case and in any country. Be open-minded and polite. That will be enough.



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User currently offlineHaggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

Some advise from a European travelling frequently to the US:

the first thing coming to my mind was "don't yell". In Europe, the US-American tourist ususally stands out by talking very loudly, regardless if it's on the street, in a train/plane or a restaurant. Just because I am travelling in the same car of the same train as you are doesn't mean I want to hear every word of your conversation with your partner/wife/fellow traveller. Just tune down a bit, will you?

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
B.) Learn a few key phrases in another language...Assuming that The whole world should speak english is the worst way to travel....Don't be the Chicken with your head cut off running around yelling "Does anyone Speak English?!!??!"...If you don't speak the local language, don't make it so obvious. Learning a few key phrases will help a lot...Consider learning to say Excuse me, Where is?, Do you Speak English, Hello, Thank you etc....being considerate is always helpful especially when you need help.

 checkmark  - extremely important point, also emphasized by the fact that it's been mentioned so often in this thread. It's not that important in Germany, where the vast majority of people speaks at least some basic English, but very important for instance in France. My experience with the French (I don't speak much French myself) is that they are far more likely to talk to you in English (or German, for that matter), if you make an effort to express yourself in French first. Even if it's just an "Excusez-moi" or a "Bonjour".

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
E.) and this is the last most important Suggestion...Keep an Open Mind...The world is full of different langauges, cultures, foods, and people...Take it for what it is...



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 11):
1) Don't start all sentences with: "Well, in America..." or "In my country, we don't..."

These are probably two versions of the same thought.... don't expect to be everything like in the US - the food is different in other countries, so are the cultures. Just as an example, what you might consider to be slow service might be an effort from the waiter to let you take your time eating and enjoy the food. In Germany getting the bill in a restaurant without having specifically asked for it is considered extremely rude (close to being thrown out of the establishment). I could go on and on about things like this - there are so many small differences between countries, people and cultures. If you encounter one, don't automatically assume things are worse, just because they are different. And if you think things are done better in the US: don't lecture people about it.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7010 times:



Quoting JCKastrup (Reply 13):
Exactly. "I thought Denmark was the capital of Ikea" is not a good way to start.

But in any case and in any country. Be open-minded and polite. That will be enough.

I did witness a Clark Griswold moment at the Acropolis in Athens a few years ago.
A man was with his wife & three kids and he shout; "You see kids, these buildings have been here forever!"



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6998 times:



Quoting JCKastrup (Reply 13):
But in any case and in any country. Be open-minded and polite. That will be enough.

Exactly. Forget the fact that you're not in America any more, get used to the small size of hotel bedrooms and meal portions, and learn some essential phrases in the local language (even if you're in the UK!! Big grin ).

Oh, and one more thing...don't wear clothing that says "I'm an American"...it won't get you preferential treatment! I'm thinking specifically of a couple that I saw in Edinburgh last November who were wearing his 'n' hers matching "USA" sweatshirts! The only reaction they got was lots of rolled eyes and incredulous stares!!  covereyes 



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6994 times:

A voice from Bermuda who has witnessed many an American disembarking from the cruise ships:
For the love of all that is holy, men...leave the wife-beater shirts at HOME. They are NOT attractive, and in most restaurants here are nor really considered acceptable dress. (Along with the plaid/Hawaiian print shorts.
Ladies...gold lame ANYTHING is not suitable daytime attire. they put mirrors in your cabins for a reason.....use them.
For both: do not try to dress like a ship's captain. You look ridiculous.

We are not an American possession, nor are we in the Caribbean. Before you leave home, learn where you're going. And yes, the Bermuda dollar is real money.



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6976 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 11):
Don't start all sentences with: "Well, in America..." or "In my country, we don't..."

Good advice for traveling within the US as well. My favorite bumper sticker of all time is one I saw on a car with Florida plates which read "Frankly my dear, we don't give a damn how you do things 'Up North'. ". Big grin

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 12):
My mum was once on a tour in London and someone from Texas was complaining about how he didn't pack an umbrella because he didn't realise it rained in London  

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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6969 times:



Quoting Bill142 (Reply 12):
Learn about your destination before you go. My mum was once on a tour in London and someone from Texas was complaining about how he didn't pack an umbrella because he didn't realise it rained in London

Or on the news a year ago when the NY Giants played the Miami Dolphins in London, a certain player on the Giants team marveled ON CAMERA that he was surprised that "so many people around here speak english"!!!!! My opinion? Keep this guy on a chain and keep an eye on him...



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6945 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 19):
Or on the news a year ago when the NY Giants played the Miami Dolphins in London, a certain player on the Giants team marveled ON CAMERA that he was surprised that "so many people around here speak english"!!!!! My opinion? Keep this guy on a chain and keep an eye on him...

Hehe...reminds me of a customer services agent that I was speaking to at CLT back in 1987 when I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to pick me up from the airport. When I said that I had just arrived on the Piedmont flight from LGW, her response was, "Do y'all speak FRENCH there???"!!

Makes me want to suggest that certain (and by no means all) Americans might need a lesson in geography!!  Wink



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2822 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6947 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
Learn a few key phrases in another language...Assuming that The whole world should speak english is the worst way to travel

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Quoting Texan (Reply 4):
Making an effort counts.

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Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
***DON'T*** proselytize, change their culture, change their ways or bring your pet 'cause' to their country.

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If I hear one more obnoxious American tourist say... "Where can I find McDonalds?"
Learn to enjoy the food and culture of other countries. Sure, it won't taste like home or be the same as back home. But if you really want the same as back home..... STAY HOME !!!!!


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6925 times:



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 21):
proselytize

Someone PLEASE help me out and back me up when I say that I've NEVER heard that word before! I feel so dumb!! Big grin



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

oh and one more thing....After trying to ask a person if they speak English....

If the answer is no...Then Asking them anyway in English...maaay help....becasue anyone can pick up a word or so of English....

BUT.....Don't talk to them as if they're dumb for not speaking English.

I.E. "WHHHEEEEERRRRRREEEE IIIIIIIISSSSS TTTHHHHHEEEE TOOOOOIIIIILLLLEEEETTTT" Loudly won't help you.

And it'll make you look stupid...as well as make it look like you you think the person you're talking to is stupid.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6914 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 22):
Someone PLEASE help me out and back me up when I say that I've NEVER heard that word before! I feel so dumb!!

Don't feel dumb at all. It's not a word normal people use everyday.
Proselytize is to convert someone in to believing a religious faith. That is what missionaries do. You wont see too many missionaries going to the U.K. as your population is mostly well educated and your country is well off.
Missionaries prey on the poor and less educated. Therefore they mostly go to poor countries in Africa, Asia, South Pacific and Latin America.

When I see them in other countries harassing people and getting in to people's face about their religion, I want to just punch them in the face. That would only get me in to trouble though.



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25 PPVRA : Anywhere south of the border: Remember that we consider ourselves as Americans too, just South Americans or Central Americans. America is also the nam
26 Superfly : I agree but even I have given up and fell to using the term 'American' to describe us citizens of the USA in these boards. But you are correct.
27 PPVRA : I personally don't mind it, it's your country's name too anyways. At first in the US people would say "welcome to America" to me and that would ring
28 Photopilot : proselytize One entry found. Main Entry: pros·e·ly·tize Pronunciation: ˈprä-s(ə-)lə-ˌtīz Function: verb Inflected Form(s): pros·e·ly·tized
29 Dougloid : I don't know whether anyone's noted this, but this entire phenomenon is very much a two way street.
30 Aaron747 : Case in point - was talking to a Japanese businessman the other day who was telling me about his culture shock while touring his company's factories
31 FRAspotter : In my experience, in the 20 years (my entire life) that I've lived in Germany, there is really no need to ask where the nearest McDonalds is. There's
32 JJJ : There's no need to say you're American on the very first sentence. Actually, there's no need to say it unless you're being asked.
33 Seb146 : Both excellent suggestions! My only international destination has been YVR, but I have been mistaken for someone from Saskatchewan many times there.
34 57AZ : Be polite, learn important local customs and generally do as the locals do.
35 Dougloid : Would your reaction be any different if they said "Where can I find Tim Horton's?".
36 ShyFlyer : Make sure you have correct change for the bus.
37 Andz : I didn't read all the posts but, from personal experience.... DON'T say: "oh this/that/the other is SO much better back home" If that is the case. F.
38 Dougloid : What if it's factually true?
39 TSS : Even if it's factually true, it is rude in the extreme to point out that fact. Being a tourist in a foreign country should be like being a guest in s
40 Dougloid : Ze Americain Touriste a play in one act. The scene is the not particularly clean kitchen of a downmarket bistro somewhere in France. An American tour
41 ScarletHarlot : Wouldn't (fade to brown) be more appropriate?
42 Dougloid : Pretty much. It was but a hastily thrown together, off the cuff jape and jest, milady.
43 MasseyBrown : There is a shopping area in the Washington area (Pentagon City, to be specific) that seems to attract more than its share of "Euro Trash", who are gu
44 JJJ : In Europe the answer would be along the lines of "where's what?"
45 LTBEWR : I have traveled throughout Europe as well as NZ and Australia. Besides many of the above suggestions, some others I have include: Don't use drugs that
46 Dougloid : Do not think that you should be able to walk into a Mexican pharmacy and buy oxycontin over the counter and not be called to account for it.
47 Slider : Your question is posited on the assumption that Americans are idiots when they travel. We've all got our stories, nightmarish horror stories that mak
48 Aaron747 : I've got that one beat - a group of three guys who obviously came over for the F-1 events at Suzuka Circuit (a speedway near Nagoya) in 2006 really s
49 YooYoo : Mark, will you be posting your article for all of us to read?
50 Nighthawk : one thing i've noticed is us europeans tend to be fairly quiet and descrete, we speak to each other quietly and generally try to avoid standing out in
51 LHMARK : Absolutely!
52 LMP737 : This isn't exactly about making a good impression but learn the train system in Europe. It's easy to learn and gives you so many more options than jus
53 DocLightning : My advice: Stop talking so damned loud. Seriously, I've been traveling a lot lately, and whenever I hear someone speaking loudly over everyone else in
54 Cgnnrw : Probably the best advice posted so far.... LOL Some more tips: - if you're over 55 leave the VFW hats and white sneakers at home....good Lord don't yo
55 Post contains images Janmnastami : Four marines (drunken) and a car in Piazza di Spagna, Rome: Avoid to get drunk.
56 NoUFO : I thought under American copyright laws you usually sell everything to the publisher including your right to decide what is going to happen with your
57 LHMARK : There are different types of rights agreements. This one is non-exclusive, meaning I retain rights to reprint my work.
58 WunalaYann : The name of the thread is: While I would personally delete "US" from the phrase (because it applies to absolutely everyone absolutely everywhere and
59 JRadier : Even though it's said before I'm going to say it again. Knowing just a few words in the local language shows that you are genuinely trying. That you
60 Zentraedi : Ugh, that's embarrassing. I remember last month here in Nagoya, I was on the subway and a couple of Canadian college kids got on, still eating from s
61 Dougloid : That was a jest created by a rude frontiersman. We are all backwoodsmen here and our humor tends toward the slapstick and pratfall. The characters ar
62 Aaron747 : I think that should be your new signature. Hilarious
63 WunalaYann : I think if all backwoodsmen has your judgement, we would not be in the shit we're in. Are you saying you gave French people to the World??? In which
64 Dougloid : Yer' killin me.
65 Allrite : My advice would be to stop the constant verbalising. You don't need to constantly speak whatever passes through your mind. There is no need to fill up
66 BlueElephant : For your information my fried...I walk through Pentagon City EVERYDAY...And i've yet to find any such people. But then again, I'm used to people spea
67 NoUFO : Goes along with the advice to do some research before you travel to a country, and I know those kind of uninformed Americans are rare - very rare, but
68 BlueElephant : Did anyone Watch Amazing Race tonight? Thats exactly how you DON'T want to act as a tourist... When those two (fairly attractive) girls started making
69 ShyFlyer : Not to mention shouting orders to the cab & auto-rickshaw drivers. You see that in every Amazing Race.
70 Tsaord : All great advice. I have yet to make a trip out of the country and I really appreciate things like this. I would hate it if I would offend anyone in a
71 Andz : I saw something similar on a previous contest when they were on the way in from the airport in Cape Town and one sniffed and said "you can smell we'r
72 Rara : Yeah that's a classic. My family once had American guests for a week, decent people really. Interested and open-minded. Thing was though, whatever yo
73 Dougloid : I've managed to avoid it for sixty years and like the man who had never been to Alabama, he did not think he was the worse for the experience. You'll
74 Post contains links Kmh1956 : Oh yeah...men, if you plan to wear Bermuda shorts in Bermuda, wear PROPER Bermuda shorts, and wear them correctly...with knee socks and shoes...not an
75 Superfly : Kmh1956: Oh jeez that's just too many rules to follow for a vacation destination. Could I visit in just a Hawaiian shirt, white shorts & sandals, avia
76 Zentraedi : Funny, living here in Japan, I've had Japanese people tell me that just saying I'm from Chicago is enough. If I say America and the city, it's almost
77 WunalaYann : That's pure discrimination.
78 KLMCedric : I've read in a magazine that the american tourist is pretty much on top of the wishlist of many hotels, resorts, restaurants across the world, coming
79 TravellerPlus : LHMARK. What's your research about exactly and how do you intend to use our responses as as the guniea pigs? I'm curious before I add my 2c worth to t
80 Allrite : I would respectfully suggest that such a magazine report may be for *luxury* hotels, restaurants, etc, where "big spending/tipping" tourists are prob
81 LHMARK : Well, Ideally, I'd like to find a couple of anecdotes of actual interactions between local and US tourist, both positive and negative, with actual pe
82 Dougloid : Jeezis christ, 'fly, you're killin me.
83 Andz : This afternoon I flew into JNB from CPT and went to the lift to go up a couple of floors. There is a big sign on the door saying "NO TROLLEYS use the
84 SkySurfer : Well for a start they can stop talking bout other ppl right in front of them,lol....was in Sweden a couple of years back, sitting at the lovely breakf
85 Kiwiandrew : .. stick a maple leaf flag on their luggage and pretend to be Canadian ? I had a friend years ago who used to do that whenever he travelled and said i
86 Skidmarks : Tourists of any nationality should be aware of the social mores of the country they are visiting. I cringe when I hear Brits making a complete arse of
87 Post contains links Canuckpaxguy : Keep coming north for beer, and you'll be fine Mark! When's the next trip? I found this article from the Associated Press, posted on Yahoo today, "Sud
88 Petertenthije : No we don't, we only assume the Brits smoke something weird. And considering the behaviour of many Brits on holiday to Amsterdam that's usually an un
89 TravellerPlus : Thanks LHMARK. Like others in this forum, I have plenty of exposure to foreign tourists. In my case because I live in Cairns, Australia, a tourist tow
90 Dougloid : Kinda reminds me of a motorcycle trip through Nova Scotia in the summer of 1976. Me and my pal would ride about 100 miles or so, find something to ea
91 Skidmarks : All the ones I met did, and I lived next to Holland for some considerable time!! And shopped/drank/screwed/puked there And I dont smoke.........anyth
92 WunalaYann : Us: "f*cking South Efricans". Signed, The rest of the world. Translation: Aldi/Heineken/prostitutes/two-pot wonder. Now that you have not-so-subtly i
93 Andz : I'm British. And the "rest of the world" wouldn't have that accent.
94 Ryanair!!! : Ok ok... There is one habit that I have seen time and time again from people who do not speak the local language, and they start raising their voices
95 WunalaYann : That's ok, nobody's perfect. Have a cookie. Zis is rrridiculous, ai don't 'ave un accent.
96 Dougloid : Ah....zees foolish americains! to which one might hear "God damn yankee queers"
97 Myt332 : BMIflyer must be an American then! If you ask me American's would do a whole lot better in the world if they stopped calling everybody sir and being
98 Skidmarks : Now, theres a fine example of Britishness. And who said politeness was dead!!! Andy
99 NG1Fan : Most of the points below refer to Europe, but can apply to other countries. Caution, may be misconstrued as a rant/ Learn some basic geopgraphy. I onc
100 Dougloid : Misconstrued as a rant? It's not misconstrued at all. Friend. Hmmmmmmm....my big sister stopped running my life after I passed 13. If that's "just ho
101 JCS17 : And an anti-American one at that. Good job, my friend. Way to nail the European aire of superiority, and the reason why many Americans just don't tra
102 Mortyman : The tourists offices in Norway gets alot of funny comments and questions: Many tourists and not only American seem to have problems in understanding t
103 Dougloid : I just had a look on google earth...Svalbard is a long way from anywhere. Whatever do folks do for a living? Oh....there was a Nigerian fellow here e
104 Mortyman : coal mining, arctic research, tourism Research includes ionospheric and magnetospheric facilities such as the EISCAT radar, the Auroral observatory a
105 Kmh1956 : yeah...ok.
106 Superfly : Damn I hate it when I agree with JCS17. The drunken Aussies I've seen in Thailand has to be the worst tourist I've seen, Always drunk, loud and obnox
107 BAViscount : The same goes for British tourists, but if you focus on those areas of the world that offer sun, sand, cheap booze and...*ahem*...carnal relations, y
108 WunalaYann : I love you too, honey. A bit of a generalisation, maybe? True. Now, chicken or egg? That's right, a bit of both. Does it mean there are many casinos
109 BAViscount : I include the whole of the island in my comment apart from Es Cana...it's really rather nice there!! You didn't need to go that far (whatever 16,000k
110 Dougloid : It doesn't look like you coulda got much further away. On the other hand my cousin Steve the Great White Hope of the family went to the Sorbonne in 1
111 JCS17 : Of course it is. Like the topic of this thread. However, when it comes to European attitudes towards Americans it is unfortunately prevalent. Not qui
112 Superfly : LOL! The Americans I have met in Thailand were rather classy and well behaved and cultured. Since it cost so damn much money for us to fly to Asia, I
113 Allrite : Rocky, along with the rest of Central Queensland, is a strange place. I'm from Melbourne and when I started high school in Yeppoon, on the coast from
114 WunalaYann : Me neither but I know you like displays of affection. There's still New Zealand. Your barbaric language is obviously an impediment to the progress of
115 ShyFlyer : I would say New Mexico. But I am biased.
116 WunalaYann : Bias is good, it means that you speak from experience!!
117 Skidmarks : You would think so wouldn't you? But my wife works in VS's call centre and beleive me, she has taken so much money from tourists and travellers you'd
118 VonRichtofen : When I worked in the hospitality industry years ago, I saw waaaay worse behavior from the brits than any other nationality. What's the point of travel
119 Post contains images NoUFO : That would be a helpful comment if this thread would somehow suggest American tourists were worse than others. Oh God, yes, Germans and the "romantic
120 Post contains images MD11Engineer : after all they started as a uniform: Don't forget the obnoxious Germans in Mallorca or the Costa Brava in Spain. Something for German tourists as wel
121 Mortyman : We don't have these animals you are mentioning in Europe ????!!!!! Hm....
122 Post contains links MD11Engineer : Yeah! Did you read this article on the BEEP? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7336092.stm Germans shocked that polar bear Knut kills fish! Jan
123 NoUFO : Perhaps they thought (polar) bears eat grass and wild herbs.
124 IAirAllie : Wow could you be any more condcending. I have never never never heard anyone do something like that and I have spent more than my share of time in 3r
125 VonRichtofen : Sure, in Norway, Sweden and Finland. But Germany? The UK? France? Spain? Most of Western Europe is pretty much developed, not many truly "wild" areas
126 Dougloid : That's kind of a limbic system response I think-you know, when a chicken gets its head lopped off but still runs around the yard until it bleeds out?
127 BAViscount : Apart from the obvious reason...I heard them speak, as did most other people within quite a large radius.
128 IAirAllie : Nothing obvious about it. I guarantee most of the people wearing I heart NY shirts or Florida shirts are not the locals.
129 Dougloid : B-b-but youse guys....nobody can understand what you say in Edinburgh when you open your pie holes. They were probably hoping that the tour guide wou
130 Superfly : "PC crap?" Who said anything about being "PC"? Since Bolivia is in South America , technically they would be considered Americans too, right? Of cour
131 NWAESC : That was my experience as well... Some of them appreciated that my wife and I at least tried to speak French, but probably just wanted the mangling o
132 Haggis79 : well either way - main thing is it works
133 MD11Engineer : Hey, we've got wolves back in our country again (several packs, which migrated across the border from Poland, they are being watched and are a protec
134 IAirAllie : No they are OFFICIALLY called Americans. It is the correct way to refer to someone from the United States. If you wanted to refer to them by continen
135 Post contains links Superfly : Whatever. Merriam-Webster says otherwise. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Americans Main Entry: 1Amer·i·can Listen to the pronunciation o
136 BAViscount : Yes, I'm afraid it is obvious, whether you like it or not. And it wasn't just the "his 'n' hers matching sweatshirts" that gave it away. And if you'd
137 Andz : You obviously don't watch Amazing Race. That program does more to stereotype Americans abroad than any loud mouthed tourist.
138 WunalaYann : Funny that since I remember seeing a few months ago that we had taken over the title of fattest nation on earth from you guys. Way to go, Australia.
139 IAirAllie : Uhm it says exactly what I said. See below... Same one you used Nope never though I did once see the contestants running through the Kuwait airport.
140 Skidmarks : Well, there you have it Mark. If you can work any sense out of that lot you should have a marvelous piece to create the most discussion ever!! Boils d
141 Leezyjet : Believe me, we get plenty of them over here in the UK too. Technically some of the places between CPT Airport and the city are the third world. And p
142 Andz : Maybe, but this thread is about making a good impression, therefore keep it to yourself. That's in the bus, nevermind on global TV!
143 Post contains images Kiwiandrew : that is extremely presumptious of you , so far as I am aware you dont even know Dan so I dont see how you are in a position to make such a sweeping j
144 IAirAllie : I stand by what I said. It is extremely cowardly behavior and I have zero tolerance for it. Myself and thousands of other naturalized American citize
145 Speedbirdie : How Can US Tourists Make The Best Impression? OOH I have some ideas.... Dont ask staff at airports whether those particular set of stairs go up.... Do
146 Post contains images Kiwiandrew : I would suggest developing a sense of humour and showing some tolerance for other peoples ways of doing things whether or not you like their way of d
147 Dougloid : If thev rest of the inhabitants are like you, you can count on it. Friend.
148 AircraftGeek : Come to the EU, go into the first Mc Donald's, buy a burger, throw it on the floor while yelling "I'm deeply ashamed we created this abominable cr*p!
149 WunalaYann : Perhaps the many smileys indicating massive leg-pulling at the end of her post escaped your usually very keen sense of observation... Yours truly bei
150 Dougloid : I've said that all along, Mr. Geek. If you come to Iowa to watch I will repeat this in the parking lot of the McDonalds that's about fifteen blocks f
151 IAirAllie : Useless without pics!
152 WunalaYann : Let's just say some people on this forum whom I have had the privilege to meet in person can back my claims up... Ok, enough back-patting for the day
153 DocLightning : He's pretty damned hot, actually. Now, if we could just get him to wear MEDIUM shirts instead of LARGE shirts, he might be able to demonstrate that h
154 Speedbirdie : Are you talking about the Australian Frenchman??? Are you BLIND.... Please.. the guy has milo for breakfast and eats live kangaroos...
155 Dougloid : I was not in a happy mood, having spend a good portion of an otherwise commendable day raking and bagging leaves, and I'm only half done.
156 WunalaYann : My sister was very impressed with your muscles, by the way. Working on it. Give me shirts for less than $50 and you have a deal. Well, you got a bit
157 Post contains images Dougloid : Sure. you can say you were here for the waters.
158 BAViscount : Someone's been spending too much time around the Doc!! I'm just waiting for your first "fabulous"!!
159 WunalaYann : Obviously not enough time because I did not pick up any ladies on Saturday despite his and my best effort. But he picked up a guy, with help from you
160 Superfly : Yet you ignored the first two definitions. Has nothing to do with being 'PC' as you stated. That sucks. Seems like it would be a waste of time in a h
161 IAirAllie : No I didn't, the first two definitions do not negate the fact that the correct term for someone who is a US Citizen is American. You made it sound li
162 WunalaYann : Well, there are exceptions. If I take the example of my country of origin, we call you guys "those who call us cheese-eating surrender monkeys", that
163 Dougloid : B-b-but Sparky! I LIKE the base ways of the unwashed masses. I've also been known to associate with Commie queers too. Say...if someone calls you el
164 Superfly : Never said that. Relax pal. Me & you are both Americans. 'Technically speaking', someone from Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Canada can be considered an A
165 WunalaYann : Sure is. Ok, now I surrender. Want to make a good impression coming from ANY country to ANY OTHER country? Be polite and respectful, don't hesitate t
166 Superfly : Now that I can agree with! Now point me to the places with cheap hotels, excellent food, beautiful women, cheap booze, nice beaches, interesting airc
167 WunalaYann : Cairns.
168 Superfly : Considering all the drunk Aussies I've encountered in Thailand, Hawaii, Turkey and Greece, I feel as though I've already been to Cairns. LOL!
169 WunalaYann : That's correct. All the drunken, moronic Aussies will therefore not be in Cairns. You'll only get tame and friendly locals. Oh, and a boatload of dru
170 DocLightning : No, sweetie. I am actually a bit of a connoisseur on hot men and Yann is definitely one such example. If we could just get him to dress it. *le sigh*
171 WunalaYann : Keep the compliments coming, my gentleman, it's only Wednesday and unlike you, I'm not on holidays. Say, how are you liking Adelaide's gay scene? Tol
172 DocLightning : Dude, a woman who looks like that can pick and choose whomever she pleases, birthday or not. So it had nothing to do with it being her birthday. You
173 MD11Engineer : You know the tale about the donkey between the two haystacks? Jan
174 DocLightning : No...
175 Superfly : I have nothing against the drunken Aussies and they can be a lot of fun to be around. I just don't want to spend all of my time with drunks. I met a
176 WunalaYann : Mate, I asked her if I could offer her a drink and she said no, that she was being taken care of by her 10 friends. Whatamagonado? Anyhoo. Plenty of
177 Superfly : Yes! ...and plenty of grass on the playing field. I can't tell the difference between Irish and Northern Irish folk. They all seem really cool and we
178 EXTspotter : US Tourists can make a better imprssion by using their inside voice more often. When I was in the dominican republic last year, I was sitting in the r
179 Superfly : Those are just the East-coast people. (New York, Boston) Not all Americans are like that.
180 Post contains links Travelin man : So, US tourists rank Number 2 in European Hoteliers Survey: http://andnowforthegoodnews.blogspot...merican-tourists-no-more-well.html That's right, Am
181 BAViscount : The survey was probably taken in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand!! (just kidding!)
182 WunalaYann : What makes you think they speak English???
183 Travelin man : OK, LOL. But still, since it was a "European Hoteliers" survey, I highly doubt Australia and NZ were included (although I hear the Queen's picture is
184 WunalaYann : Me alive, never. Loyalist through and through. Yessir. And I'm French, too. But I am traumatised by my country of origin's experience with republican
185 LH423 : Depends on what you're in the mood for. Seafood, go to the Northeast or Pacific Northwest. Go to the South for comfort food and anywhere in the South
186 DocLightning : In spite of it.
187 Dougloid : Travelin man, are you acquainted with Edwin Armstrong? He often observed "It ain't what people know that's dangerous-it's what they know that ain't s
188 Travelin man : Not familiar, but a good quote! Sometimes it's way easier to buy into stereotypes... But I don't take it personally (and I do try to speak the local
189 WunalaYann : That's me. Ditto. Which tells you how much I flunked it. More seriously, his mo looks actually better in real life.
190 LH423 : Wow, I need to get to Australia then! Oh, and a tip for travellers, since we've established it's not just Americans who suffer from ignorance when tr
191 Dougloid : Don't be so sensitive. What goes around comes around. It works both ways. How about this? I won't generalize about you'uns any more when you stop gen
192 WunalaYann : The door's wide open for people like you, mate!! And you're part of the Commonwealth, which helps big. But man, do these stupid intra-Commonwealth bo
193 Doona : I tried convincing my sisters that when we visited Freeport back in '98. My attempts were unsuccessful. It was awful. Huh? How many Europeans under t
194 LH423 : I wasn't specifically referring to Americans (again, I was born and raised there). I've noticed the British do it as well. That said, best t-shirt I'
195 Dougloid : I tend to agree, with the exception of one letter. For the H in 'huh?' I would insert a D. The best tee shirt I ever saw, although I disagree with th
196 UnitedSuperDC8 : How about to act with courtesy and other than that be yourself. I really don't care what others think of me in countries I am visiting. I act with cou
197 WunalaYann : Zat's biikause wi sink wi should trrravel to si 'ow bad it is abrroad. That's theory number one. Theory number two is we have to get the hell out of
198 StealthZ : mmm in response to the OP. NOT the way the American tourist stranded at BKK reacted. Despite what you think of those that overran the airport, the iss
199 Doona : Do it! We'll pay you roughlt €100 per kid, per month. Not a bad deal... of course, the money is supposed to help pay for the kid's needs, but no-on
200 Dougloid : I've got to disagree with you here. I do not think that's ignorant tourist behavior-it's a response to a situation at a departure point and I am quit
201 WunalaYann : I know. You guys totally rule. But fear not, if I move there, I have every intention to (and no doubt that I will) contribute to your country's succe
202 Comorin : Guys, guys, guys: The thread is titled "How can US tourists make the Best Impression" - no one is suggesting otherwise. I'm an American tourist, but n
203 JRadier : Let's just hope you are being VERY sarcastic!
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