American Tourist

The Tell-Tale Signs of an American Tourist Abroad

Hey there, adventurous souls!

As someone who’s spent a lifetime exploring the nooks and crannies of our beautiful planet, I’ve observed travelers from every walk of life. Today, let’s have a little fun and talk about a species we all know quite well—the American tourist. Whether you’re planning an epic journey or simply love observing human behavior, here are some endearing and tell-tale signs that could indicate a fellow American is sharing your travel space.

Dress Code: The Stars and Stripes Wardrobe

Alright, let’s get this one out of the way. Americans have a style that leans toward casual comfort, and it shows. If you see someone sporting sneakers, a baseball cap, or—dare I say it—a stars-and-stripes T-shirt, you might just have spotted a compatriot. No judgment here; comfort is essential when you’re navigating a foreign cityscape or hiking through a jungle!

Tipping Habits: An Unmistakable Generosity

We Yanks are generous tippers, aren’t we? It’s in our culture, but let me tell you, it can catch the locals off guard in countries where tipping is not the norm. If you’re dining abroad and notice someone meticulously calculating a tip on their phone, chances are they’re from the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Volume Control: The Audible Footprint

Alright, let’s be honest; we can be a bit loud. We laugh heartily, speak animatedly, and aren’t shy about sharing our thoughts. We stand out in places where the cultural norm leans toward the more reserved and quiet. So if you’re sitting in a Parisian café and hear laughter ringing out from across the street, there’s a good chance it’s one of our own having a fantastic time.

Dietary Preferences: The Quest for Familiarity

The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes, it wants a cheeseburger. Yes, Americans have a knack for seeking out the familiar when it comes to food, even in the most exotic locations. You’ll find us customizing local dishes or hunting down fast-food chains we recognize. So, the next time you see someone asking for “less spice” or “extra cheese,” give them a knowing smile; you’ve found a fellow American.

The Imperial System: Inches Over Centimeters

Ah, the imperial system. We’re among the few who stick to feet, miles, and Fahrenheit, and it shows when we travel. When you hear someone asking, “How many miles is it to the nearest beach?” or pondering why the temperature is “so low” when it’s actually in Celsius, you can bet you’ve identified another adventurous American.

Overt Friendliness: Strangers are Just Friends You Haven’t Met Yet

Americans have this beautiful notion that strangers are just friends they haven’t met yet. We’ll chat you up in a line, ask how your day is going, and generally aim to make a connection. It might seem a bit much in some cultures, but it’s usually well-intentioned. So if someone starts a conversation with you while waiting for a train, enjoy the camaraderie; you’re probably talking to a fellow American.

Photo-Ops and Social Sharing: The Documented Journey

We love capturing moments; it’s in our DNA. From the picturesque landscapes to our meals, nothing is off-limits for our cameras. You’ll often find Americans snapping away, capturing every nuance of their journey. So when you see that traveler angling their phone just so to get the perfect shot of their sushi, know you’re in the company of a like-minded American soul.


It’s a small world after all, and recognizing our fellow Americans while exploring it adds an extra layer of fun to our travels. Whether it’s through our attire, habits, or the way we interact with the world, our American-ness shines through. And as someone who’s committed to making your travel experiences epic, understanding these traits only deepens the sense of community we share, even when we’re thousands of miles away from home.

So the next time you’re overseas and you spot someone displaying these tell-tale signs, maybe give them a knowing nod. After all, travel is as much about the people you meet as it is about the places you go.

Safe travels, everyone!

Robert Riesmeyer

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