My buddy and European travel guru Rick Steves recently penned a great article titled “The ugly tourist (and how not to be one).” In the article, he says, “You’ll see plenty of ugly tourists slogging through a sour Europe, mired in a swamp of complaints. Ugly tourism is a disease, but fortunately there is a cure: a change in attitude. The best over-the-counter medicine is a mirror.”
The article is spot-on if you ask me, and it’s worth the five-minute read. Much of what he discusses could be categorized as basic respect and decency, but everyone can benefit from a refresher. You don’t want to be an ugly tourist, and it’s important to remember that the attitude can be contagious—especially if you’re with a group of friends or family. All it takes is one bad apple. Hopefully, if you run into the behavior Steves talks about, you’ll have the power to stand up and put a stop to it.
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