Even though we might not have the most sterling reputation abroad, no American actually goes overseas with the intention of offending someone … okay, maybe some do, but there are a few of those dopes in every country. For the rest of us, we’re only hoping we can get abroad, see some sites, grab a dollop of culture, and get home without causing an international incident. Unfortunately, recent events have made Americans somewhat unpopular on the world’s stage, which makes it even more difficult to walk the straight and narrow when you’re traveling. If you’re heading abroad in the near future and you want to avoid the “ugly American” stereotype, here are some tips for staying in bounds.
1. We’re Impatient Jerks
A lot of international citizens have the impression that Americans are bossy and impatient. In a lot of other countries, service runs a little slower in general and getting grumpy about it is a definite way to out yourself as a tourist. Don’t worry how long you’ve been standing in line. Just go with it and enjoy the fact that you’re in an exotic new location.
2. A Fanny Pack and My Knee-Length White Socks Are Tourist Chic
Leave your American Flag shirts and your Mets cap back home. When you’re traveling overseas, consider ditching the typical tourist garb in favor of something a little more international. Wherever you’re headed, consider dressing like the locals in order to stay under the radar.