Being Americans, we think we're pretty awesome. Across the globe, not everyone will agree with that sentiment. If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, try to avoid these stereotypical aspects of an average American traveler.
Most people think of the United States as a destination for immigrants, but plenty of non-military U.S. citizens take up residence in foreign countries. If you're looking to live abroad, these countries will have large expat communities.
America has a lot going for it. While we don't get everything right, we're proud of our culture. (And to cut off the obvious joke: yes, we do have one.) Here are some pieces of home we miss when we're away.
A list of the "cheapest places to live" is inevitably going to include some places where people don't particularly want to live. This list, however, is an attempt to collect the most affordable places people do want to live.
Part of the frustration of traveling is running into the same people from back home you were trying to get away from. Maybe you could make a bingo card out of these stereotypical travelers, or try to find them all like Pokémon.
Surveys repeatedly say that none of us Americans actually know where anything is. It's a littler disheartening and somewhat weird. Here are ten occasions of the most hapless misidentifications of countries, states, and more.
Recent acts of terrorism have caused travelers to think twice about the destinations they choose for vacations, but how do we become less afraid? Partially by traveling smart and partially by know where the true danger is and isn't.
There are lots of things to think about when moving abroad. What kind of community will you be moving into? What is the healthcare system like? It's worth getting the balance between these questions just right.
When you're traveling, one of the best things you can do is sample the local cuisine. But everybody gets homesick, and sometimes you just need a little comfort food, especially if you're overseas for a long time.