As you wander around your home town or city, you’ll probably find that it’s quite easy to spot someone who isn’t local to the area. They normally look a little lost, they might speak a different language, and they often just give off a vibe of someone who isn’t a local. Similarly, it’s easy for us non-Americans to spot one of you guys when you’re out and about in the world…
An inside voice
We’re gonna be totally honest with you; Americans are awesome. You guys are a bundle of energy, and you get the party going wherever you land.
However, this also makes you stand out from the crowd. Your loud voices and your excitement seem to overpower locals in their home country, and some of them wish that you would use your “inside voice” more often. But on the bright side, you will for sure make any party more fun just thanks to your energetic presence!
Walking and talking
While there’s no doubt about the fact that most people can multitask, that doesn’t mean that we always want to. Although many people across the globe like to take a break and sit down as they eat their bagel and drink their coffee, Americans are a bit different.
You guys seem to love walking and talking, and you love to eat and drink in the process. It seems as though you’re constantly in a rush, and that’s how people know just where you’re from. Your time is valuable to you, and you want to get as much done in a day as possible, that’s obvious!
Who wears shorts?
We get it; America can get pretty hot. The warm weather in many parts of your country means that you often have to wear a limited amount of clothing to ensure that you stay cool and comfortable throughout the day, for example shorts.
In many other countries, only young boys and teenagers wear shorts when they’re out and about, but it seems as though things are different in the US. Grown men from America love to get their legs out when they’re on vacation, and rock the look with confidence too.
It’s no secret that baseball is incredibly popular in America. In fact, it’s one of the only places in the world where it really is popular, as many other countries across the globe have variants of this sport as their pastime.
Because baseball is primarily an American sport, all people have to do to spot an American abroad is look out for the baseball cap. Whether you’re wearing it front-to-back or back-to-front, you’re the only ones who really wear them. An even bigger giveaway is your team’s logo on the front…
I’m lovin’ it
If you’re the kind of person that loves to go on vacation, you have a big decision to make when you finally get to your destination. You need to decide whether you want to try the local food, or whether you want to stick with what you know.
While people from other countries love nothing more than trying out new cuisines and giving their taste buds a tingle, it seems as though those from America prefer to eat at the Golden Arches. Many Americans eat in McDonald’s across the globe, and it seems as though they really are lovin’ it.
When you head to the theater, it’s important to clap to show your appreciation to the actors who put on such an incredible performance. However, while the rest of the world knows that the theater is the only real place where it’s acceptable to clap, it seems as though Americans abroad don’t quite get that memo.
One of the best ways to spot an American abroad is to take note of their clapping habits. Do they clap when the plane lands? Do they clap after a movie ends? If yes, they’re probably American. Nothing wrong with showing your excitement, right?
In America, American football reigns supreme. It’s the sport that everyone loves, and it’s the sport that brings a whole country together, whether they support the same team or not. This is the same as the rest of the world – but the sport is a little different.
Soccer is widely considered to be the most universally loved sport in the world, but it seems as though Americans haven’t quite jumped on that bandwagon. So, if everyone else is watching the game and you’re moaning about boring balls, they’re gonna know you’re American.
When it comes to feelings and opening up about those feelings, the world is divided. While there are some people who are more than happy to share their feelings and get pretty deep with those around them, there are others who prefer to be a closed book.
It’s fair to say that Americans abroad are the biggest and most open books of the lot, and they seem to be able to talk about their feelings with anyone they come across. If a stranger hears about your marriage breakdown, they’re probably gonna know that you’re American.
Ice, ice, baby
Hands up if you’re American and wouldn’t dream of buying a drink that didn’t have any ice in it? Well, we rest our case. It seems as though people from the US of A just can’t get enough of the cold, hard stuff, and that’s what gives yourself away when you head to a new country.
While many people across the world do like ice in their drinks every so often, there are others who avoid it at all costs because it waters down the drink itself. You even put ice in your water – and that just seems strange to many other nationalities.
Imitation at its finest
Because America is so large, many Americans rarely travel outside of the country when it comes to their vacations. This means that they aren’t exposed to other accents and other people – which makes it so much cooler when they do venture out of the country.
However, it seems as though you guys just can’t contain your excitement when you hear another accent, and you just have to try and imitate it. No matter how hard you try, you’re not going to be able to nail a British accent – unless you travel back in time to the 1900s.
What are those?
Let’s be honest; we’ve all made some questionable footwear choices over the years. Sometimes it’s just easier to grab the first pair of shoes you find rather than making sure everything goes with your outfit, and sometimes we all like to opt for comfort over style.
However, there’s something about an American abroad that inspires them to wear socks with sandals. Even if you wear sandals, there’s a high chance that you will wear the whitest socks imaginable. Why? Seems like a very unique fashion choice…
Measuring it up
Although there are countless countries across the globe, all but three of them agree on one thing; that we should all use the Metric system. One of those three is the United States of America, and it seems as though they’re pretty set on using the Imperial system for the rest of eternity.
Because the other two are Liberia and Myanmar, it’s pretty obvious when an American makes their way abroad and tries to understand what a meter is or how much a liter of milk is equivalent to.
Here’s a tip
If you work in a restaurant outside of the US and regularly have American’s visit your establishment, there’s a high chance that these guys soon become your favorite customers. That’s all due to the tipping process that exists in the United States.
Because waiters in the country earn minimum wage, they often rely on tips to pay for their everyday existence. This means that a large tipping culture has developed. However, wages aren’t quite as small elsewhere across the globe, and people don’t tip anywhere near as much as they do in the US.
Doing some research
Those who live in America but love to travel probably make sure that they grab a good deal when they book their vacation. Cheap flights? Check. Cheap accommodation? Double-check. However, many people often feel as though American tourists don’t do their research when it comes to other aspects of their vacation.
If you’re from the US and don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, read about these countries’ customs and manners, and learn a little more about their culture. We’re sure the locals will thank you for it.
Leaving a mess
Everyone loves to stay in a hotel, right? There’s something so relaxing about knowing that you don’t have to make your own dinner or even make your own bed, but many believe that Americans take this a little too far.
Although hotels recruit cleaning staff to make sure that your room is spotless, it’s widely regarded that Americans abroad leave their rooms so messy it’s beyond a joke. While you’re keeping the cleaners in business, you are also making their job so much harder than it should be.
The pearly whites
If you’re visiting a new country and it’s not immediately obvious whether you’re talking to an American abroad or not, it might be an idea to tell them a joke. That’s because you can tell a lot about a person by their teeth, and you can tell a lot about their American lifestyle when looking at their pearly whites.
Yes, orthodonture is extremely popular in the US, and it’s not uncommon for people to spend a huge amount of money on braces and teeth whitening. If you need to wear sunglasses to look at them, they’re probably American.
Talking and talking
While we can’t make generalized statements about every American who goes on vacation or heads across the world on a business trip, there’s no doubt about the fact that a large number of Americans just love to talk.
Yes, you guys will talk to anyone and everyone if you could, and most of these people are complete strangers. One of the biggest things that foreigners notice about their American friends is that they’re certainly not shy, and they definitely don’t mind sparking up a conversation with those they don’t know.
If you live in the United States, you might have something to say about someone prancing around in their birthday suit. As a nation, you guys are naturally prudish, and it’s safe to say that you prefer people keep their outfits a little more conservative.
However, the rest of the world doesn’t share that attitude, and you can always spot an American abroad when you see someone hiding behind their hands when they get to the beach and see others in their too revealing swimsuits.
While many of the ways that locals can spot an American abroad seem pretty negative, this one can be taken in two different ways. That’s because it’s become common knowledge that those who hail from the USA are extremely positive.
Yes, we’re talking smiles 24/7 and laughs that will shatter glass. While many people love this unbridled positivity, there are others who find it a bit grating. Let’s just hope you choose somewhere to vacation where they don’t think the latter!
Every country and every person has their own favored type of greeting. You might be more formal with your introduction, or you might try and make the other person feel as comfortable as possible.
If you’re from America, there’s a high chance that you start your conversation with the likes of “Hey bro,” or “Wassup.” This is some of the most American lingo you can find, which is why it’s not hard to pick you out of the bunch when you’re an American abroad. You know it, bro.
The empty bottles
Whenever you watch a movie that involves those in America, there’s a high chance that there’s going to be some empty bottles involved. For the younger generation, however, it might include those iconic red cups instead.
That’s because the concept of drinking is often considered to be taboo in America, so Americans take any opportunity to let a little something slide down. This is also the case when they head to a new country where the laws aren’t so strict, and they certainly make the most of it.
Keeping it handy
When you’re in your hometown, you probably don’t need to wear a fanny pack. After all, you might have a purse to carry around, or you might just utilize your pockets when you head to the store. Yet, it seems as though this mentality goes out of the window when you head to another country.
It’s widely regarded that Americans abroad just love to shove their money, their cameras, and their phones into a fanny pack. They’re not cool, and they’re not pretty, but you just can’t get enough of them!
Ordering to go
If you’re an American citizen visiting a new country for the first time, you might need reminding to slow down. It seems as though you guys are always in a rush, and it seems as though you’re always late for something. Why else would you get your coffee to go?
Although there are many people across the globe who love to enjoy a cup of Joe, there’s nothing wrong with sitting outside a cafe and watching the world go by for a while. Why don’t you give it a go?
All in the accent
You probably don’t need to be a genius to know that every country has its own language and its own accent. This allows people across the globe to get to grips with where you’re from – but it seems as though things aren’t as simple as that.
Although many people can spot an American abroad by their accent, it’s important to remember that there are so many different dialects within this one country that it’s impossible to know exactly where you’re from. They’ll probably still try and replicate your accent, though…
Although America is one of the biggest countries that this world has to offer, there’s very little chance that all of the American tourists that descend on one foreign country know each other. However, by the way that you guys act, it would seem as though you were long-lost friends.
Americans abroad love to know that they’re among their own people, and it seems as though they can’t help but greet fellow Americans with high fives, handshakes, hugs, and excited squabble about where they’re from and what they’re doing with their vacation time.
The brighter, the better
There are many things that alert a non-American to someone who is quite obviously American, and it seems as though one of the biggest giveaways comes in the form of graphic tees. If you love a graphic tee, there’s a high chance that you believe that the brighter it is, the better it is.
Whether you have the likes of “Choose Love” or “New York Yankees” on your shirt, you’re gonna draw attention to the fact that you’re not a local. Instead, you’re going to draw attention to your questionable fashion choices.
Language is everything
Although many people in the United States are bilingual, that doesn’t mean that everyone has two or more languages in their pockets. There are many Americans who have lived in their country their whole lives and not explored any other dialects – and this shows when they make their way abroad.
If you head across the pond for a vacation, there’s a high chance that locals are going to realize that you’re the ultimate tourist if you can’t speak even a word of their language. Even just a “hello” would suffice.
If you’re the kind of person that loves to make sure that they are wearing the coolest outfits, you might love to sport the brands that come from your home country. After all, the people of America do.
It seems as though you guys just love to wear North Face jackets with big logos- and you can’t get enough of them, right? Because you wear these things so often, it doesn’t take long for locals to realize that you’re not from their end of town. You kinda stand out.
Haggling it down
Hands up if you love a bargain? If you love to get something awesome for a low price, then you’re not alone. One of the best ways to do this is to haggle with the price, and we have to commend you Americans for your talent. You can haggle down everything – but this also makes you stand out from the crowd.
Although haggling is common in some areas of the world, it’s also considered to be extremely rude in others. So, do your research before trying to get the price down.
Keeping germs at bay
There are countless people on this planet who like to make sure that they are as clean as humanly possible. They make sure they shower in the morning, they make sure they wash their body, and they make sure that they wash their hands after using the restroom.
Yet, to those in different countries, it seems as though Americans abroad just love to ensure that they whip out the hand sanitizer whenever they can. While there’s nothing wrong with this, do you think it might just be a little excessive?
Party in the USA
If you were born and bred in the USA, there’s a high chance that you love your country. It may be that you have flags outside your house, it may be that you sing the National Anthem with pride, and it may even be that you have nothing but nice things to say about the place you call home.
In fact, it seems as though you guys love nothing more than loving your country – and then telling others how much you love your country. This makes things pretty obvious.
Heading off on vacation isn’t cheap, especially when traveling from the United States. This country is so large that flights are often extremely expensive to book when you’re flying out of the country, which means that you need to make the most of your time, right?
Well, the common conception of Americans abroad is that they spend more time glued to their phones than they do with the world around them. Do you think it may be time to put the phone down and allow your hands to be free?
Blasting it out
Most people love to listen to music, and there’s no doubt about the fact that listening to music while you’re on vacation can be a great way to unwind. Yet, one of the biggest ways to draw attention to the fact that you’re an American abroad is to play your music out of your phone or speaker without using any headphones.
While you might think that you have an amazing taste in music, that doesn’t mean that everyone wants to listen to Drake when they’re sunbathing on the beach.
Let’s be honest; packing for a vacation is hard. Even though you know that you’re only going for a few days, something about the idea of a vacation makes you think that you need 20 pairs of underwear and 6 different pairs of pants.
Americans are the worst with this, and you guys often check in multiple bags of excess luggage when you make your way to the airport. Anyone who sees you with so much baggage will automatically know that you are an American abroad.
Putting it on show
If you do pack a large number of items into your luggage when you go away, what do you fill your cases with? Just clothes? Clothes and electronics? What about clothes and money?
The easier you are to spot as a tourist, the more likely it is that you’ll be the victim of pickpocketing in another country – but that doesn’t stop you guys from putting it all on show. Not only do you carry your cameras around your necks and your phones in your back pockets, but Americans also love to spend their cash on vacation.
Making a joke
Everyone loves a joke every now and then, right? They lighten the mood and can break the ice, but you need to make sure that your joke is appropriate for the time and place. Over the years, locals have been able to spot an American abroad just by their choice of jokes.
It’s been suggested that you guys often make jokes that tear down the cultures and the traditions of the country that you are visiting, and the locals don’t really appreciate that. Maybe a knock-knock joke will suffice next time.
Taking up space
When you visit a new place for the first time, there’s no doubt about the fact that you’re going to be pretty lost. After all, you don’t know where you are or where you’re going, and maps sometimes aren’t as detailed as you would like. Because of this, you may have to stop to ask for directions or consult Google.
While many people from other countries would take themselves to a quiet and safe space to do this consulting, locals have found that Americans abroad stop right in their tracks and take up space. Don’t do it, guys.
Smile for the camera
It’s fair to say that selfies are now a part of everyday life. There’s nothing better than showing off your new makeup look or your new outfit for the world of social media, and everyone’s doing them. This is also the case when people go on vacation.
While most people will take a photo every now and then, it seems as though Americans abroad spend more time figuring out the right poses and making sure the lighting is right than they do on the attractions in front of them.
Pick it up
It’s no secret that the world is struggling under the weight of trash that can be found across the globe. Landfills are getting pretty full, and people dropping their litter on the floor isn’t making the situation even better.
While most Americans wouldn’t drop litter around their own town, it seems as though they have no qualms about doing it when they’re abroad. If you’re the kind of person that drops litter on the beach, you might want to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Just pick it up.
Larger than life
Although we hate to make such a sweeping statement, the people in America are pretty larger than life. With one of the highest rates of obese citizens that the world has to offer, it seems as though some of the people who live here like their fast food a little too much.
However, it’s important to note this isn’t the case for all Americans, and many are extremely healthy. That’s for example made obvious in sports, where Americans usually take home the majority of the medals in most of the big competitions around the world.
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