What do you wish tourists would stop doing?
China released a 64-page rulebook for how its citizens should act abroad. It's comical, but maybe more countries need this
Tourists are always a little out of place. Of course, there are the stereotypes of hawaiian shirts and fanny packs, people taking pictures of everything, and sometimes the behavior really can go too far.
Apparently Chinese tourists have such a bad reputation that the government issued a 64-page guidebook on what it would like its citizens to do and not to do while serving as "informal ambassadors" abroad. Some of the highlights include: not asking for pork in Muslim countries, not touching or defacing antiques and ancient architecture, and using the shower curtain while staying in a hotel.
The Chinese aren't the only ones with a bad rep as guests though. The idea of the Ugly American originates from the 1958 satirical book by the same name. It highlights US tourists' propensity for obnoxiousness (eg don't ask for freedom fries in France) and insensitivity towards their host culture.
What are the most humorous, embarrassing, or repugnant things you've seen a tourist do? What's on your list of do's and don'ts for visitors?
I wish tourists wouldn't sacrifice virgins, petrol bomb orphanages, eat cute baby seals or deal smack to grannies.
Put simply, I think the Danes are appalling.
What do you expect? They are worse at home, they repeatedly saw the head off the little mermaid.
“Put simply, I think the Danes are appalling.”
They've improved a bit since AD 850.
Yes, the naughty ones all fucked off to Iceland around then. They still behave like tourists there at the weekends. Which is nice.
Buying up Lambeth
There was once a competition in The New Statesman which asked readers for 'helpful' advice for foreign tourists when visiting London.
'Why not try the famous echo in the British Museum Reading Room?'
'It's customary for visitors to Lords Cricket Ground to stand in front of the large white screen and wave. The batsmen will always wave back.'
'Londoners are always happy to talk to other passengers on the tube.'
I'm sure there were many more, perhaps others can remember them better than I can.
Having googled it, here are some more:
Never pay the price demanded for a newspaper; good-natured haggling is customary.
Never attempt to tip a taxi-driver.
Visitors in London hotels are expected by the management to hang the bedlinen out of the windows to air.
Parking is permitted in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on payment of a small fee to the sentry.
London barbers are delighted to shave the patrons' armpits.
That last one is worrying
Brothels in England are easily recognised by the blue light outside.
I don't like it when hordes of kiwis play rugger
Americans can't do roundabouts, can they?
My issues idiots on motorbikes getting themselves killed and old folks up for jaunts driving at 3 miles an hour on a main trunk road.
That reminds me that I was driving a couple of weeks ago in Argyll and I was suddenly confronted with a happy young couple in a car with Netherlands number plates and bikes piled on a bike rack at the rear jollily coming toward my car from the opposite direction on my side of the road.
Their faces after I flashed them with my headlights and slowed and swerved onto the verge were one of bemusements, then of surprise, then of shock and finally to a gesture of apology.
I wish tourists wouldn′t do that.
I've just come back from Corfu where I rented a car for a couple of days. I managed to stay on the correct (right-hand) side of the road but the number of locals who regard the roads all as one-way and consequently drive on whichever side they like is frankly terrifying.
I once asked someone from Malta which side of the road they drove on.
He replied, ¨in the shade
Sure we can. Counter-clockwise
In one of the exceptionally interesting articles I wrote today, I noted that the first roundabout appeared in Nevada in 1990 and since then, another 3,000 have sprung up across the US. Compared with crossroads, they save time and fuel and are considerably safer for everyone except cyclists.
How did you cope with the excitemnt?
I needed to write about something less exciting after writing about how the rain increases braking distances yesterday and almost having a heart attack from the intensity.
Nonsense! We do...and ours are bigger!
No. Ours are. And they have six exits, each with its own mini-roundabout, and two-way traffic.
Yeah, but ours flow in the correct direction
Nothing wrong with tourists, that's the price you pay for living in a great city or in some site of great natural beauty. It's 'travelers' that I can't stand. You're not going travelling, you're going on fucking holiday like everyone else, you stupid wanky tosser.
Murray! That's very rude.
I've never had a problem with tourists.
Every year I think I ought to wear a TShirt with "I AM NOT A TOURIST" written on it
Every time I go to Bath I think that.
I thought most English only went to bath once a week, on satdy night?
Sunday, actually-after church, sacrificing virgins...
I was very impressed by a couple of American tourists who turned up in the middle of nowhere, (rural Turkey) and demanded a guided tour of the 'tiny' village school!..... Is there nowhere left that they don't fell entitled to invade?....
Though that said they had a lot of charisma, and might well have been a welcome distraction to the 'ennui' of middle of nowhere Turkey!..... the kids in the school seemed quite delighted by the distraction! ... perhaps global invasion by Americans is not so bad.... but I think they should leave their weapons at home!...