Do Americans need to pretend they’re Canadian when they travel abroad?
So, you’re an American who’s finally quit your job and sold all your stuff, and you’re about to embark on your RTW trip. You’ve been concentrating on planning your trip – researching what to see and do, buying your plane tickets, how to get from Point A to Point B, how many pairs of underwear you can get away with packing – when all of a sudden it dawns on you one night as you’re watching the news: Should I be worried about being an American abroad?
The U.S. of A. doesn’t exactly have the most stellar reputation in the world these days, and while the vast majority of the people you’ll run into will be able to differentiate between a U.S. citizen and the U.S. government, some American travelers are still concerned about announcing where they’re from before they get to know their new foreign friends. So BootsnAll member Jennifer Carillo asks, “Should Americans pretend to be Canadians when they travel?“
I have heard on a couple of blogs … that American travelers have been getting harassed (esp. on bus travels) in foreign countries. Before when I traveled in Australia, I also heard of Americans sewing a Canadian flag on their backpacks…..Good idea or past tense?
It’s an interesting question – and one that’s generated interesting comments. What do you think? Have you had any experiences of being harrassed because you were American, or seen any Americans getting harrassed just for being from the U.S.? Or is this another one of those travel “old wives tales” that never seems to go away? Chime in and let us know!