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What annoys you most about your fellow tourists?

We all know that traveling overseas, we can never expect to be anything other than a tourist…

…but some people act more like tourists than others.

What stereotypical tourist habits and actions make you cringe?

Leave your comments below…






16 thoughts on "What annoys you most about your fellow tourists?"

  • Captain America says:

    Why go on a “tour bus” to begin with? That in itself is obnoxious. Just take a damn walk around the city and see things for yourself.


  • Marie says:

    Travelers that don’t want to try any of the local cuisine. Often they are disgusted that they can’t find American style food on the menu, or worse, that there isn’t a menu.


  • Sharon says:

    On tours, passengers who don’t return to the bus by the time requested.


  • Gillian McBreen says:

    I have to agree – the American tourists are the worst. Talking
    loudly even though sitting next to each other, and forcing us
    all to hear all their personal information.


  • C. Bruton says:

    There are obnoxous people everywhere. Americans don’t claim that prize by themselves. And yes, Everyone likes American Dollars! So stop blaming Americans. You just see more Americans because more Americans can afford to travel. Stephen Kosciesza, you offend me!


  • Judy Guffey says:

    Hearing “why don’t they speak English” when you’re obviously in a foreign country with its own language.


  • Kat says:

    Hey! I have to stick hp for the Americans! Not all of us are loud and obnoxious and dress for the gym when traveling!

    When we travel we dress in the basics. No tennis shoes, no fanny packs (which I found out refers to stomach fat in some countries, but I mean the other kind.) We are polite and speak softly and try to approach people politely in the manner of the country we are in.

    The French say that Americans smile too much…I suppose that’s one thing I don’t really care if people notice!

    So, not all Americans are obnoxious! (Although I confess it bothers me when I see those who are.)


  • betty baker says:

    People who are in a tour group and return late while everyone else is waiting on the bus and wearing immodest clothing in countries where women cover their legs with skirts


  • Jane says:

    Loud aggressive behaviour, treating serving staff rudely.
    One thing though, I have met Americans who are this way, but I have also met really nice Americans too and rude Europeans who are rude to you until they find out you’re not American, then the attitude changes.


  • Dina says:

    Well, as an American I was somewhat dismayed at how American tourists are stereotyped into one dimensional caricatures. Please, when I traveled in Europe I wore conservative clothes and made sure to at least know how to greet and show appreciative in the native tongue of the country I was traveling. Americans are not one people, we are a land of immigrants, and many of us travel to other countries to have a better understanding of our roots and heritage. Believe me there is plenty of obnoxious stereotypes in just about every country to go around.


  • Jeremy Powers says:

    Tourist buses/trains/ships. I was in Bar Harbor recently and saw three cruise ships pull in. Within two hours everything was packed with loud, ignorant Americans and throngs of Europeans, too. You take a small town like Bar Harbor, which is already filled with tourists, and dump several hundred more in and it looks Saint Peter’s Square on Easter.


  • Neilus says:

    Three things: 1) Loud, aggressive behavior. 2) Insulting locals who don’t speak English, 3)and the hideous American tourist ‘costume’ consisting of sneakers, fanny packs, and inappropriate clothing such as shorts and tank tops.
    It’s better to try to behave and dress like those whose homelands you are visiting. Look around you and absorb. There is absolutely no need to stand out like Ronald McDonald.


  • Susan Nelson says:

    1. On an organized tour, people who ignore the tour guide and talk so loudly to their friends that others on the tour can’t hear the guide. It’s not only rude it totally obnoxious.
    2. Tourists who monopolize the tour guides time with personal questions about totally unrelated matters.


  • Rob Morrison says:

    !. Disparging the country they are in. Yes, tourists from Europe, this applies to you too. 2.Arguing in places where others can not leave to avoid listening to them like on planes.


  • Linda Morgan says:

    What annoys me is when
    1. U.S. tourists are so loud and
    2. when they assume the rules do not apply to them and show no respect for local culture.


  • Stephen Kosciesza says:

    Americans who think everyone should do everything the American way. I’ve seen tourists go into a store (NOT a tourist store), ask the price, and then ask “How much is that in dollars?”
    Everyone’s supposed to know. Everywhere is just an American colony, so they should all be conversant in both their own “funny money” and in dollars.
    If we were in America, and I asked them how much a thing is in Polish zlotys or Vietnamese dong–or even in Euros or Pounds, they’d think I was crazy.



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