WE’VE ALL HEARD HORROR STORIES ABOUT Americans being terrible while traveling. There’s the guy who throws a shit fit because he can’t order a Miller Lite in Germany, there’s the woman who complains that no one in China “speaks American,” there are the Americans who unforgivably etched their names into the Colosseum with a coin so they could take a selfie. The concept is so universal that it even has a name: “the Ugly American.”
But as a concept, it’s become a bit dated. In the world of travel, Americans are no longer clearly the worst offenders in crimes against etiquette, taste, and general human decency. Here’s some evidence.