Are Americans Really the Worst? 5 Other Countries Whose Tourists Make Us Look Good
Tourists, tourists everywhere. (Photo: LifesizeImages/E+/Getty Images)
We’ve all heard it before. “The Ugly American.” The clueless ding-dong who travels to other countries doing the following: talking too loudly, complaining about everything (especially cigarette smoke and the lack of decaffeinated coffee), bringing their own peanut butter to live on lest the local food poison them, wearing funny-looking clothes, and ignoring the personal space of everyone around them.
Now, some of these stereotypes have a kernel of truth. Take Daddy, for example. My old man has a strict summer uniform of ecru Rockport Walkers, long white knee socks, tan pressed khaki shorts belted at the waist, a short-sleeved button-down golf shirt, sunglasses, and a sweatband or fishing hat.
Daddy in his uniform. The sweatband makes the outfit. (Photo: Paula Froelich)
Daddy also has an endearing habit of going to European countries and talking “local like.” For example, in Italy he’d randomly say things like “Mamma mia!”
But it’s all in good fun.
No, my friends, after traveling the world, I have decided that we Americans get a bad rap. Especially since there are other countries’ travelers who deserve attention for bad tourist behavior. And so I present the top five countries around the world whose tourists make us look good:
Dress for the culture, people! (Photo: Robin Robokow/Flickr)