What happened to travel manners?

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    Jul 12, 2015 5:45 AM GMT
    Hey what happened to good manners? It's really rude for people to visit other countries and do things that are disrespectful......

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    Jul 12, 2015 6:07 AM GMT
    I well recall an event in Florence in 1974 when "Woodstock" was being shown at a local cinema. Some stupid tank-topped American girls got up in their seats and starting singing and dancing along to the music. The Italian audience shushed them at once, and they slunk back into their seats, as shamefaced as such brats are capable of being. Even we USN sailors showed more couth than these trascettas. Evivva Italia!
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    Jul 12, 2015 4:12 PM GMT
    Extremely irritating, but nothing new.

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    Jul 12, 2015 6:14 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidExtremely irritating, but nothing new.

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    LOL! Yes, but Hitler did a little dance of his own at Compiegne. And, they say he was a good dancer!
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    Jul 12, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
    Often, People get stupid when they travel. And that happens everywhere and from people of every country.
    Just this morning this American teenage girl jumped on me in the street yelling at me in English "Which way is the Eiffel Tower?" without any "hello" or "excuse me". I answered in french "sorry I don't speak English" haha.
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    Jul 12, 2015 11:17 PM GMT
    I think it's kinda funny what tourists are doing, like pissing on or accidentally breaking centuries-old monuments...or even shooting porn with the Sphinx (wouldn't that be considered bestiality though?) icon_lol.gif

    There haven't been any new monuments made in quite a while. It's time for people to destroy the old to make way for the new. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 13, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    Lack of manners when traveling are not new! I interned at DisneyWorld Orlando in the mid 90's and I remember three specific international crowds who were the rudest I came across: Brazilians, French and Italians.

    But honestly, those people are amateurs compared to Americans. I'm very glad to have temporarily worked in the tourism industry because I've learned how to behave when visiting another country.
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    Jul 13, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
    Bad manners and rudeness of tourists has been around for centuries. I don't think it is any better or worse now than then. We're just more aware it now with the many forms of media and communications.

    I think that most tourists are respectful of local customs, but it only takes a few idiots to create a negative impression of tourists from a certain country.

    I do think it's our obligation to educate or correct tourists from our own countries when they are saying or doing something offensive to the locals.
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    Jul 18, 2015 2:10 AM GMT
    Don’t Be Rude: 10 Cultural Food Blunders to Avoid When Traveling the World

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    Jul 18, 2015 4:28 AM GMT
    2bnaked saidDon’t Be Rude: 10 Cultural Food Blunders to Avoid When Traveling the World

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/don%E2%80%99t-be-rude-10-cultural-food-blunders-to-avoid-when-traveling-the-world/ss-AAcGnKh#image=1
    Interesting but uninspiring. If anything, it gives us more cultured people a chance to show the less cultured people how to eat without psychological reservations.

    When you order food - anywhere in the world - eat it the way you want to eat it. When the people of that culture try to correct you, just ignore them till you're done eating. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 21, 2015 10:33 AM GMT
    I recently encountered the epitome of the Ugly American on a train in Norway. Unfortunately they still exist. A pity my camera wasn't ready, so I can't post of pic of him - He and his wife, about 33, stylishly dressed in some ultra-chic sort of workout suit (she elegantly coiffed as well) trying to be first off the very crowded train, had the arrogance of the self-entitled IPO winner (Oracle executive perhaps? Larry Ellison wannabe?). They had positioned themselves to be first at the doors, with their large suitcases behind them unnecessarily blocking the aisle. A petite Norwegian woman was trying to pass from one car to the other, but could not get by their suitcases. I was close enough to move someone else's suitcase a bit so that she could squeeze by, all the while, their arrogances ignoring her. After she passed, I said to him in English, "If you had just moved your suitcase, she could have got by you." He replied snarkily, "If she had asked me, I would have, but she didn't ask." Then,(to me) "Why were you insulting me?" Of coruse he assumed that everyone else would speak English. Amazed at his remark, but not thinking quickly enough to respond, I ignored him. He kept staring at me, and said, "If you want to continue this conversation, I am willing," the overly dressed frau continuing to stare out the train door. Nowhere to go, I returned the stare and said, no. I was so happy they did not board the same boat that we got on at that train stop - although I would have immortalized him in a photo if I could have.

    I am reminded of Noel Coward's lament, "Why do all the wrong people travel, and the right people stay at home?"
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    Jul 22, 2015 10:09 PM GMT
    Young Brits, particularly students, have the worst behaviour record in Europe.

    Booze cruising in the Mediterranean island of Ibiza can be quoted as one example, with always a percentage ending up in hospital, a walking-in health centre, or even a night spent in a police cell. There has been a recent tightening of laws relating to alcohol consumption, in their attempt to stem the tide of alcohol-related incidents.

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