Travel tip: Use common sense to avoid the ‘ugly American’ label |

Travel tip: Use common sense to avoid the ‘ugly American’ label

Shirley McMarlin
Make your international travels go smoother by avoiding “ugly American” stereotypes.

Want to blend in with the locals while traveling abroad? Here are a few tips for avoiding the dreaded “ugly American” stereotype:

• Leave the athletic wear, sneakers, fanny packs, white socks and sandals at home.

• Learn a few essential phrases in the language of the country you’re visiting.

• Shhhh! Americans are known for their exuberance, and also for their loud voices (especially when trying to get a point across to non-English speakers).

• Don’t bemoan the lack of burgers and fries — explore the local cuisine.

• Respect the local culture — and never say, “In America, we do it (or don’t do it) this way.”


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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