Treatment of Americans Abroad
The Treatment of Americans Abroad embodies great respect and friendship, for the most part. Most people respect and even love Americans, especially because they have family and friends living in America.
I can't tell you how many times I've been asked if I knew someone's bother, "Hamal," in Baltimore. I didn't.
But there can be problems, especially when it comes to certain aspects of American culture, such as clothes, music and McDonald's.
Sometimes Europeans have over simplified views on how Americans think.
Like the time a Dutch student accused me of thinking all Dutch have their fingers in dikes preventing them from flooding their villages.
I was taken aback, wondering if this person had another stupid viewpoint to offer. He didn't, and the incident soon resolved itself.
Yet, is this any different than if Americans think all Dutch wear wooden shoes?
Travel can help correct these misconceptions with everyone, everywhere.
Next, people abroad do not like their culture overridden, especially by their own people. For instance, I found this poster.
It announced an exhibition regarding the emigration of Bavarians into America since 1683 and the American culture returning with these former Germans...
With a picture of Lederhosen on the left and jeans with plaid shirt on the right, the sign reads, "Good Bye Bavaria, Hello (God's Blessings) America."
Europeans sometimes object to the incoming tide of American culture, but they forget that much of America, including the people, comes from Europe. For instance, miniskirts, tight fitting pants, and bikini underwear were not invented in America, but Britain, Italy, and France respectively. (At least I think so.)
America does like to pick up and run with a good idea, no matter where it comes from.
Sometimes people blame others for their own unhappiness and misfortunes, or they maybe they're just plain jealous.
In any case, emotional complaints seem to be in vogue, and America has become an easy target.
Thus the treatment of Americans can get a little rough.
I tend to roll with such criticisms, which surprisingly don't happen that often. Europeans tend to play fair with their American friends, far more than some Americans give them credit for...
So with a little hope and a lot of tolerance, the people of the world can get along. Americans can come to realize they have many more friends than enemies.
Travel has a great way of overcoming misconceptions and making friends out of strangers.
Keep the faith!
Here is a quick list of Travel Secrets I found out about on my trips. I hope it helps you in your search for better travel:
Go to the Page on My Way to Travel
Nervous about travel?
Travel is Scary
Learn to Like Yourself as You Are
Time Slows Down when Traveling
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
The Power of the Open Question
Ask the Unbusy Police Officer
Ask the Locals - They know
Listening - An Important Skill in Travel
Contrast the Old and the New
Some Unusual Travel Insights
Be a Good Guest
Take a Walk - Relax - Enjoy Good Travel
Get Lost on a Bus - I Dare You
Change Course - Follow Someone Else's Idea of a Good Trip
Good Exercise is a Travel Bonus
Interacting with Children in a Foreign Land
Treatment of Americans Abroad
After All - It's Your Vacation