American Tourists

  1. OK Americans, I don't want to worry you but you appear to have lost your title as the rudest, loudest, most obnoxious tourists on the planet.


    Let me explain; I was recently in Paris and as usual there were a lot of American tourists about but mostly they were reasonable and sensible. I say mostly because there is always going to be a few rude, loud people about.

    However, it now appears there is a new kid on the block. Take a bow the Asians - I mean Chinese, Japanese etc. These tourists have no understanding of the meaning of the word queue and will push on to busses, or into lines with no thought that other people were there first. They will even do it when they do not even have the correct tickets (or even any tickets at all). They are loud - they shout at each other. They dress very inappropriately and the get in everyone's way with their cameras.

    So America, time to up your game (lower your standards?) and get back to being rude and obnoxious.

    Before anyone questions me, yes I am aware of the UK's standing - we are the best tourists in the world and are a pleasure to be around and I won't listen to anyone who says differently.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Having been to Vietnam twice, just the traffic rules . . . or lack thereof, were a shock to me.

    I'm a quiet American . . .

  4. by   BCgradnurse
    A couple of years ago I was in France and went to Versailles. It was crowded and hot, but I was doing ok until someone hip checked me into a wall in an attempt to push past the orderly flow of people. It wasn't an American. I had the bruise for a week. I don't know what the rush was. Versailles wasn't going anywhere....
  5. by   GrumpyRN
    Exactly, it was Versailles that I noticed the most inappropriate dress. Young Japanese girl trying to join the queue in the courtyard - you know the one, the one with the cobbles and very uneven footing.

    What was this girl wearing? A pair of heels that were about 8 inches high. She could hardly move plus as you are aware, Versailles is all walking so how she thought she was going to get around all day and see anything is beyond me. She had obviously thought "palace: I will dress up for that", with no thought of the practicalities.

    It was on the train back from Versailles that I witnessed the good and bad of your citizens.

    Bad; crowded train 2 youngish female Americans pushed through and past me to get a seat instead of waiting or offering it to elderly people who were standing.
    Good; same train and an American lady sat opposite myself and my wife and chatted for a bit and wished us well while we were in Paris.
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    Grumpy, what do you you nice folks in the UK expect from us Yanks when we visit you? ...What do you want us to do/not do while on your turf? I'm headed that way in a couple months (for fun!) and want to stay in good standing with my cousins across the pond.
  7. by   GrumpyRN
    Don't worry about it, we (mostly) like Americans.

    Enjoy yourself, remember to join the back of the queue and wait your turn - unless everyone else is barging on then go for it.

    Our money is not "cute" - said to me in a pub.

    You don't need to tip everyone, waiters/waitresses yes, but not bar staff (although you can offer to buy them a drink if you like them and they have given good service but it is not expected) they will put the money in the till and get their drink or the money at the end of the night.

    Are you coming to Scotland? If you are here in August I can recommend Edinburgh for the festival but it does get busy. Also, remember, it rains here, a lot. That is where the lochs and rivers come from.
    Do not under any circumstances allow male members of your party to wear tartan trousers. Even if you are in St. Andrews.

    Bottom line - enjoy.
  8. by   ElvishDNP
    Thank you! I will be headed to the UK a bit after August so will miss a chance at the festival.
    Not sure if we will make it to Scotland this go round, but Scotland is definitely on my bucket list so if not now will make it a point to visit later.
    Your suggestions sound mostly like 'don't be an ugly American' - which I try really hard not to do!

    I'm so excited to be going!
  9. by   1056chris
    Hey Grumpy maybe these tourists are excited that is why they are talking loudly, maybe they don't know or aren't sure what tickets they need for the bus, maybe they only have a week to do what they saved up for for a year. I am sure if you said please there is the back of the line they would go. Tourism is good for a country. I kinda found it rude for you to put these rude people in groups of Asians or Americans. There are rude people everywhere.
  10. by   GrumpyRN
    Quote from 1056chris
    Hey Grumpy maybe these tourists are excited that is why they are talking loudly, maybe they don't know or aren't sure what tickets they need for the bus, maybe they only have a week to do what they saved up for for a year. I am sure if you said please there is the back of the line they would go. Tourism is good for a country. I kinda found it rude for you to put these rude people in groups of Asians or Americans. There are rude people everywhere.
    Sigh.....

    You do understand that the whole of my original post was meant as a bit of fun don't you?

    Americans are known the world over as rude, loud, obnoxious tourists (whether true or not). I took that premise and switched it. Perhaps you are calling me racist?

    It is difficult to tell someone to get to the back of the queue when they are actually standing on the bus with no ticket.
    Oh, and by the way. It does not require knowledge of tickets etc. to push me out of the way then jump in front of elderly people who are standing and grab the only 2 free seats.

    Other people save up as well.

    Tourism is great for a country - I live in an area that gets a lot of Americans and others. They are always welcome.

    If you don't understand irony or satire please try to learn. You as an ?American have just confirmed the prejudices. You jumped all over me, called me rude with no justification. I await your apology.
  11. by   abbnurse
    Quote from GrumpyRN
    Sigh.....

    You do understand that the whole of my original post was meant as a bit of fun don't you?

    Americans are known the world over as rude, loud, obnoxious tourists (whether true or not). I took that premise and switched it. Perhaps you are calling me racist?

    It is difficult to tell someone to get to the back of the queue when they are actually standing on the bus with no ticket.
    Oh, and by the way. It does not require knowledge of tickets etc. to push me out of the way then jump in front of elderly people who are standing and grab the only 2 free seats.

    Other people save up as well.

    Tourism is great for a country - I live in an area that gets a lot of Americans and others. They are always welcome.

    If you don't understand irony or satire please try to learn. You as an ?American have just confirmed the prejudices. You jumped all over me, called me rude with no justification. I await your apology.
    Grumpy, I love your posts, and you are never , ever, rude.

    And you're right...Americans are known to be rude/loud/obnoxious tourists. My lovely family who live "across the pond" have told many stories of rude Americans! I promise I am a polite,respectful, quiet American tourist; that lesson was taught to me early, and often, by my sweet mother.

    During a long cab (taxi) ride in Paris, my friend and I had quite the discussion with our driver; we discussed many things... racism, politics, the importance of family, etc. It began when I asked where he was from (Africa) and if he had family in Paris.

    When we reached the train station, the driver said "You are the lovliest, most sincere Americans I've ever met." It still warms my heart.

    Hope to get back to your lovely part of the world soon!
  12. by   azhiker96
    My wife and I visited Scotland a score ago. Absolutely loved it. Flew into Gatwick, spent a day and a night in London and then took the train to Edinburgh. Had ten days there staying at a B&B. Our days began with a full Scottish breakfast that would hold us til evening. The pubs, museums, castles, ales, scotches, food, and hospitality were all excellent.

    Had a nice chat with a gent at the foot of Arthur's Seat. He spoke of days of youth when he would run up and down that peak for fun and exercise. We need to go again someday.

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