Here are some views by others of the so called modern 'ugly American' abroad, and interesting enough, many are by North American's themselves, who have made the effort to read up on the cultures they are visiting, dress appropriately and even learn a few phrases. Although I get the feeling that this doesn't fit the scenario of our esteemed members here who are all very dapper and civilised, I just wondered, after reading some of this, what positive travel advice you could give people from the United States when they take a vacation out of their own country..? SOME VIEWS & EXAMPLES ON THE NOT SO GOOD AMERICAN AMBASSADOR ABROAD... Here is a news piece from MSN. Travel Trends: How to Avoid Being an ‘Ugly American’How to Avoid Being an ‘Ugly American’ Find out how one group thinks you should act when you’re traveling abroad. Do you love to share your political views with the locals you meet while traveling? Do you think that people in other countries should do everything the American way? Does your voice tend to get as loud as the print on your Hawaiian shirt? If so, then you might be an “ugly American.” The concept of the ugly American has existed ever since an increasing number of ordinary, middle-class travelers began exploring the world over a half-century ago. Now, an organization called Business for Diplomatic Action, concerned by an apparent rise in what it calls “negative stereotypes about our collective personality,” is hoping to clean up the image of Americans abroad. The group has published a set of guidelines for travelers, the World Citizens Guide, that suggests proper ways of behaving when visiting countries outside of the U.S. Among its tips: Be humble. In many countries, boasting is considered very rude. … Assume resentment as a default and play down your wealth, power and status. Refrain from lecturing. Nobody likes a know-it-all, and nobody likes a whole nation of them. Be quiet. A loud voice is often perceived as a bragging voice. Casual profanity is almost always considered unacceptable. Dress for respect. Jeans, T-shirts and sneakers work for many of us much of the time, but there are people in other countries who believe such casualness is a sign of disrespect to them and their beliefs. These might seem like obvious ways to behave when you’re traveling abroad, and you may not appreciate the guide’s somewhat patronizing tone. But it appears we could use the advice. In studies conducted in more than 100 countries by DDB Worldwide after 9/11, respondents perceived Americans as loud, arrogant and disrespectful of local cultures. And in a new survey of seven Asian countries, the results of which were published this week in a Japanese newspaper, the image of the U.S. was reported to have declined across the board in the past decade, particularly in countries with large Muslim populations. [END QUOTE] So..ladies and gentlemen, have they got it right here do you think about portraying the American abroad, as loud, ill informed, arrogant and ill dressed? There was ONCE a time when people thought of Hemingway, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Henry James, FDR..etc, as the American traveller abroad, and what a great ambassador they made in flying the flag!! They dressed 'well,' spoke well and conducted themselves with a decorum befitting a gentleman traveller. And if today, things have deteriorated in what is seen as the average Yank abroad...(you may well disagree with this), what advice could you give this modern day stereotyped American Traveller to be a better ambassador for his/her great nation?