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    The world's worst tourists are American

    The world's worst tourists are American... according to Americans (and they admit to stealing hotel towels too)

    • LivingSocial survey showed that 20% of Americans polled said they were the worst tourists
    • Americans ranked Chinese second worst at 15%
    • U.S. residents also readily admitted to stealing from hotels
    A recent LivingSocial survey showed that Americans may live up to their poor reputation while travelling abroad.

    But what’s more surprising is that many of those surveyed self-identified themselves as ‘ugly’ Americans and the world’s worst travellers.
    The results show that Americans, as well as Canadians and Australians all named U.S. travellers as the world's worst tourists.

    Self-hating: In a LivingSocial survey, 20 per cent of Americans said they found American tourists to be the worst of the bunch

    Those in the U.S. ranked themselves as the worst travellers by a shocking 20 per cent, followed by 15 per cent saying the Chinese were the most substandard tourists.
    In the survey, more than 5,600 people in five countries were polled by Mandala Research LLC.



    However, hatred for the stereotypical fanny pack-toting American wasn’t universal in the study.
    The Irish ranked the British as the worst travellers, and similarly, the British thought very poorly of German tourists.

    UGLY AMERICANS: BAD MANNERS AND BAD DRESSERS






    American travellers are stereotyped in a number of ways, but the most common are that they wear unflattering, casual clothing (such as cargo pants, sweatshirts, white trainers, and baseball caps) and talk too loudly.



    Some think that speaking loudly equates speaking clearly, the stereotype goes, and more cruelly, American tourists are thought to be quite stout.


    In addition, four out of ten U.S. respondents said that they ‘accidentally’ packed or intentionally stole items from hotels, with towels being the most popular items to snatch.


    In a more positive light, the study showed another American misconception was not true – Americans, for the most part, are surprisingly well-travelled.
    The study showed that 78 per cent of Americans have visited at least one foreign country (though there was no word on if it was Canada or Mexico), and 61 per cent have visited more than one country.


    The average American respondent said they visited more than four countries.
    According to the findings, Americans also enjoyed fewer vacation days than their European counterparts, with only 16 days off versus 27 days (Australia), 21 days (Canada), 28 days (Ireland) and 23 days (U.K.).

    Out of their 16 days off, an average of four days was spent abroad, the report said.
    Perhaps more depressing still was the fact that 66 per cent of Americans said they checked their email whilst on vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    BAD MANNERS AND BAD DRESSERS
    Can't argue with the second part (like, what's with those checked shorts?), but in my observation Amerkins are far from bad mannered tourists. Always exceptions of course, but unlike the UK and Oz you seem to keep your worst specimens at home. I wish we could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    The study showed that 78 per cent of Americans have visited at least one foreign country
    Obvious bollox. (Unless Canada and Mexico are counted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    like, what's with those checked shorts?
    They were fashionable a couple of years ago. I had a pair. They were awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    The study showed that 78 per cent of Americans have visited at least one foreign country
    Obvious bollox. (Unless Canada and Mexico are counted)
    Interesting statistic, given that less than 40% of Americans have passports. Surveys such as this are simply garbage, and can be twisted to reflect whatever 'truth' is desired by the survey-makers.

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    Here is a series of video clips where abc news sent to American actors over to France to play up the typical stereotypes. Its worth a watch. Hopefully they will play for those of you in Thailand.


    The Ugly Americans: Part 1 | Video - ABC News

    The Ugly Americans: Part 2 | Video - ABC News

    The Ugly Americans: Part 3 | Video - ABC News

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    Love these 'Merkin-bashing threads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Interesting statistic, given that less than 40% of Americans have passports.
    And that 92% of all statistics are made up on the spot!

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    I think I would agree with the premise of the thread having taken my kids to Florida for vacation on several occasions. Rubbing elbows with the unwashed masses can be extremely unpleasant in America. I think the Japanese are the most pleasant, they just cower in the corners with their cameras snapping away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    I think I would agree with the premise of the thread having taken my kids to Florida for vacation on several occasions. Rubbing elbows with the unwashed masses can be extremely unpleasant in America. I think the Japanese are the most pleasant, they just cower in the corners with their cameras snapping away.

    I find American tourists in America, their comfort zone, far more annoying than I do American tourists abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Love these 'Merkin-bashing threads!
    I bet you have several pairs of checked Bermuda shorts.
    I've had this strange inkling recently that I'd like to check out the redneck riviera.
    That's where 'real amerkins' go for holiday. Some great beaches too.
    But I already know the holidaymakers there would not be anywhere near as annoying as they're meant to be, unless it's a Frat weekend.
    probes Aliens

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    I've had this strange inkling recently that I'd like to check out the redneck riviera.
    See a doctor immediately.

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    The best tourists are the ones who spend money.

    Americans and Chinese spend money.

    Anything else is just commentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Love these 'Merkin-bashing threads!
    Yep. Most of us do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    and more cruelly, American tourists are thought to be quite stout.
    Stout? Does that mean obese and severely overweight?

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    I've traveled extensively and could not agree re Americans being any where near as obnoxious as Russians, Chinese, or Koreans.
    Sure you get the occasional loud mouth who wants to grab the attention of those around him but that could just as easily be a Brit or Aussie.
    At least Americans share similar standards of manners to us Westerners unlike in many other countries where please and thank you and excuse me is not practiced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    The study showed that 78 per cent of Americans have visited at least one foreign country
    Obvious bollox. (Unless Canada and Mexico are counted)
    Interesting statistic, given that less than 40% of Americans have passports. Surveys such as this are simply garbage, and can be twisted to reflect whatever 'truth' is desired by the survey-makers.
    Actually less than that. The pop. in 2011 was 311 millions. The State Dept Bureau of Consular Affairs had recorded for the same year approximately 109 million valid passports in circulation. That according to my calculation is 35% and I think it fairly certain that a significant proportion were only obtained in order to provide evidence of nationality when traversing the Canadian/Mexican borders.

    Still, it's very low for an affluent, developed, liberal democratic state but of course having a country the size it is and with the contrasting variety of destinations I too might think twice about travelling.

    My experience of the average septic tourist is that they are invariably polite and courteous. Sure, the tour bus demographic may attract the less aware but so what? The stereotypical behaviour of the loudmouthed, stupid and culturally insensitive traveller depicted in this survey is simply a caricature born out of the perceptions gained through populist media rubbish.


    Unlike Belgians of course who are, in the main, anally obsessed, sexually confused stupid people with smelly bottoms who only eat chips and generally get fat.
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    Actually the 'Merkins at home are a lot less loud than the "Everyone must hear every word I say from at least 50 metres" gobby twats they export.

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    At least the American tourists abroad are friendly
    and talk to other holidaymakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Actually the 'Merkins at home are a lot less loud than the "Everyone must hear every word I say from at least 50 metres" gobby twats they export.
    You refer to russians? Not that anyone would understand that shi* ugly language they speak but they think everyone understands them. I bloody cry now in my mind when I see upper Jomtien Beach now. Perhaps their russian travel agency gave them a wrong picture of Thailand saying it was some ex-soviet fuckup state so they can hold the feeling being a world power and masters of universe, it is a possibility. What I hear russkies sell yaba to pay for hotel.

    Americans have money and are preferred visitors to many establishments. White trash excluded - they bring down US reputation.

    I see US, UK, West Europeans, AUS and NZ people welcomed in any establishment. And of course rich Asian countries, very much more than fcuked up poor continental euros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nostromo
    they bring down US reputation.
    They where never even on the same level.

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    Being the tight ass "Merican" that I am, along with the towels, I take the toilet paper too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    At least the American tourists abroad are friendly
    and talk to other holidaymakers
    True !

    Now hold your horses there you bashers. The U.S media and its politicians are the worst in the world. But U.S. tourist...
    are the friendliest, helpfull and most generous.

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