15 American Tourist Stereotypes To Avoid When You Travel, According To Non-Americans

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Non-Americans: vote up the stereotypes that let you easily spot an American tourist.

If you're an American looking to head out of the country, you should know there are stereotypes that may apply to you as a tourist. Read what these non-American Redditors are saying about American tourist stereotypes and learn what Americans should do to blend in abroad.


  • 1
    11 VOTES

    Wearing Hiking Clothes In The City

    From Redditor u/chillyfeline:

    In Southern Chile, the American tourists walk through downtown with clothes like they're on an expedition - hiking boots, pants, hat, etc. It's like, what are you doing, you are in the city?.

    11 votes
  • 2
    27 VOTES

    Wearing Baseball Caps And Khaki Pants

    From a former Redditor:

    Baseball cap, khaki pants or shorts, and a university/college hoodie.

    27 votes
  • 3
    25 VOTES

    Using Handheld Fans

    From Redditor u/Dusepo:

    Amazed by things that are more than 200 years old, presumably because they don't have many things that old in the USA.

    Hand-held fans, maybe because air conditioning is very common in the USA.

    Expecting everyone to speak English and/or not wanting to learn the local language.

    25 votes
  • 4
    29 VOTES

    Wearing White Socks

    From Redditor u/the_drew:

    The white sock is a bit of an American giveaway; the other is knee-high socks with Birkenstocks.

    Be aware that black socks and Birkenstocks are usually the preserve of a British university lecturer or someone from an engineering background.

    29 votes
  • 5
    30 VOTES

    Wearing A Phone On A Belt Loop

    From Redditor u/the_drew:

    In my experience, any combination of the following:

    -Wearing a sun visor.

    -Talking incredibly loud.

    -Their phone will be on a belt loop.

    American teenagers are usually better at blending in, however, so the trick with these guys is to wait until you're in a restaurant, at which point they'll make their presence known by complaining about the local food.

    30 votes
  • 6
    24 VOTES

    Being Loud And Wearing Baseball Caps

    From Redditor u/Sco0bySnax:

    Americans are very loud. I swear you have loudhailers [megaphones] hidden in your clothes somewhere.

    Over 40, the tourists tend to be more on the very overweight side, but the women still wear yoga pants and the men always have a combination of button-up shirts and loose-fitting cargo shorts. And both men and women wear baseball caps and Oakleys or sunglasses similar to that style, with white trainers.

    Under 40, you're very friendly, in a way that's both endearing and creepy. When we chat I feel like I'm being indoctrinated into a cult.

    24 votes