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  1. Brooke of Passport Couture
    September 29, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

    Excellent post. I like how you addressed each stereotype and explained why people behave the way that they do. The hope for any group or individual is that they will change as people are exposed to more parts of the world. Perhaps if we can also understand how we see each other and understand one another’s behavior, these stereotypes will be lessened.

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    • dankiteski
      October 1, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

      Indeed, that was the main point of my post. This list could go a lot longer but the point would be the same: to reconsider your behavior when abroad after reading the stereotypes about tourists from your country. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Alexander Popkov
    October 1, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

    Nice post! As a Russian, I would like to thank you for having a very accurate representation of what Russian people are. Everyone tells Russians don’t smile, but Russians smile to the people they know. You just have to know them better.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

      Indeed, Alexander. I think Russians are misunderstood, getting portrayed as the bad guys all the time. I have a lot of Russian friends and lived in Russia for some time, so I know a thing or two 🙂

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  3. Lisa
    October 1, 2018 @ 7:18 pm

    This was such a fun post to read! From my travels so far, the Chinese tourists behave really badly; some even pushed me out of the way in a line! I also agree with the Americans. Not all of course, but many I’ve met only know about the US.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

      I’ve seen that happen several times Lisa. Sorry you had to experience that. However, I believe the younger generations will improve the reputation of Chinese tourists their older counterparts have created.

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  4. Alial
    October 2, 2018 @ 9:14 am

    You addressed each nation’s stereotype and explained why people behave the way that they do, in almost every entry.
    Except the British. You stated “While the latter are normally teenagers or football fans, they are not the only ones giving their country a bad name. I would have to agree with this stereotype as well because British tourists that don’t belong to either of these two groups truly are a rare species.”
    Whilst I understand the nature of your post, you do seem to have made this entry just a little personal.
    Every other nationality seemed to get the benefit of the doubt from you, except the British.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

      Perhaps I didn’t express my thoughts well. The fact that British tourists belonging to neither group are a rarity doesn’t mean that there aren’t any but I see your point. I think I’ll rephrase that in the article too, thanks for pointing it out 🙂

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  5. Sinjana Ghosh
    October 2, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Amazing observations that come from such extensive travels as yours. A very interesting read. I do think that while Indians are usually more polite abroad than when they are in India. A common trait with both Indian and Chinese tourists I have seen is their obsession with selfies and getting the right photograph with the places they visit.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

      Thank you Sinjana. I noticed these similarities between Indian and Chinese too. These two are arguably the most selfie-obsessed tourists out there 🙂

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  6. Soumya Gayatri
    October 2, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    Quite an extensive representation of people from across the globe. Have probably experienced a bit of everything that you have mentioned here. Sometimes even two sides of the same coin. Great read!

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:14 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Soumya. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. Hendrik
    October 2, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

    Thats a very interesting and even a bit funny list of stereotypes. Haha no wonder that most of them are usually about bad habits but of course also quite generic. Nevertheless I think some of them might be even true. At least as a German I can relate to some of the German stereotypes. Yes, very often they have a look on how to optimize things, thats kinda true. Also I must say I experienced some of the stereotypes by myself for other countries mentioned here, but also the complete opposite as well… But yes, overall a very nice list of stereotypes 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Hendrick. That might be true but that’s one of the things I love about Germans because I see it in myself even though I’m not one. But yeah, Germans definitely need to be more relaxed during their holidays, forget about the optimization for a while and enjoy more 🙂

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  8. MEENAKSHI J
    October 2, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

    This was such an interesting post and yet a very informative post to read. Yes, I have been judgemental in my outlook towards travellers from other countries in the initial years of my travels. Now, I have come to realize that it has got nothing to do with nationality but more to do with their upbringing and general outlook towards fellow beings. Oh! And I hate some passengers who speak loudly throughout the long-flight without considering the inconvenience caused to co-passengers. That is when the old me still pops out and says ‘Look he/she is behaving improperly. Must be from so and so state/country”… 😀

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:19 pm

      Indeed it doesn’t. The trap is when people travel in groups and oftentimes behave differently under the influence of other individuals. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the tourists from their country will behave in that way 🙂 Thank you for your comment and I’m glad to hear you liked the article

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  9. Sandy N Vyjay
    October 3, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

    These are interesting national stereotypes and I guess that is what they are. Again though there might be an iota of truth in these. These are based on specific incidents and it would be unfair for an entire nation to bear the cross of the misdeeds of the few.

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  10. Manjulika Pramod
    October 4, 2018 @ 9:27 pm

    Have heard a lot about all of these people but then I would say we shouldn’t stereotype, its not right. It was very good to read a balanced perspective too. I am sure you agree its all about an individual. I mean if I had to talk about Indians, I would say some are extremely misbehaved and some extremely cultured and helpful. So we seriously can’t blame it on the whole country where they belong.

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    • dankiteski
      October 5, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

      Of course we shouldn’t. That was the whole point of the article 🙂 It’s definitely individual even though things seem to change when people travel in groups. However, of course the idea of blaming it all on their perspective country is wrong and we should avoid it.

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