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Avoid the 'ugly American' label when traveling abroad with a few simple steps

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m.
Leave the star-spangled clothing at home when traveling abroad, to help avoid being labeled an 'ugly American: tourist.
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Leave the star-spangled clothing at home when traveling abroad, to help avoid being labeled an 'ugly American: tourist.

It's always a good idea to be on your best behavior while traveling, whether it's a few miles down the road or thousands of miles from home. Here are a few tips worth remembering when going abroad to avoid the "ugly American" label:

• Leave the star-spangled clothing at home. Blending in with the locals is seen as respectful.

• Learn a few phrases in your host country's language. A simple "hello," "please" and "thank you" can create a lot of goodwill.

• Don't complain about unfamiliar menu items. Try it, you might even like it.

• To avoid offenses, brush up on local customs and etiquette.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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