If you've ever traveled, you've probably encountered the dreaded Extremely Rude Tourist.
Once, while checking in to a hotel in Paris, I was horrified to witness a family of four arguing loudly with the doorman over directions, then with each other over where to eat. I almost lost it when one of them started vehemently swinging around a bag of Eiffel Tower souvenirs, nearly knocking over an elderly woman as she exited the elevator.
I think about that family every time someone mentions obnoxious tourists. While they were American, folks like them can be found in many cultures, and they invariably ruin the experience for everyone around them.
I’m not Emily Post, but I’m tired of rolling my eyes at the way my fellow travelers behave when out in the world. So here are a few tips on how to stop pissing off the locals when we travel.