If you've ever traveled abroad as an American, the chances are you know how it feels to be detected as one. It’s not that we hide it (in fact, we are prouder than anything else!) but sometimes you just wish you could blend in with the rest of the crowd and feel what it’s like to be treated as a local.

And all it takes is to step foot inside, for example, a “bar” in Italy and order a beer on tap, or worse, a cappuccino after 12, and here you've earned a bunch of eyerolls with a solid “where in America are you from?” But in order to find out what really gives Americans away in an instant, we have to look at what non-Americans have to say about their radars themselves.

So below we collected some of the most interesting responses to “How do you spot an American tourist ‘from a mile away’?” on “AskReddit” and wow, this is kinda weirdly specific.

#1

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Americans are very loud, I swear you have loudhailers hidden in your clothes somewhere.

Over 40, the tourists tend to be more on the very overweight side, but the women still wear yoga pants and the men always have a combination of button up shirts and loose fitting cargo shorts. And both men and women wear baseball caps and Oakley's or sunglasses similar to that style; with white trainers.

Under 40, you're very friendly, in a way that's both endearing and creepy. When we chat I feel like I'm being indoctrinated into a cult.

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Leah Person
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m American and I really cannot stand how loud most people are here. I have a quiet voice and it’s considered some kind of a fault by some. It’s actually really stressful.

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#2

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away The way they dress. For some reason Americans abroad dress like they're doing some hard core exploring in the Amazon...even when they're just visiting a European city.

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Pixie
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah yes, the thrilling and dangerous urban jungle of an European metropolis - beware of the bike lane

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#3

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away "Hey oh you're [Irish/Scottish/Italian/etc]! I'm [same] too!"

"Oh really? Whereabouts you from?"

"California. My great great great grandpappy was from here though!"

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you are so proud of your country, why do you still mention the origins of your ancestors?Sounds like a European saying he's a Celtic, a Roman or a Viking... (even if it was cool, tho)

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#4

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Amazed by things which are more than 200 years old, presumably because they don't have many things that old in the USA.

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Tenacious Squirrel
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same in Australia. We once went to a “historic” attraction that people were really fawning over. It was from the 1950s, my mum is older than it 😆

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#5

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Saying “hi, how are you?” to the barista, servers, retail workers. My country doesn’t quite have that culture so I find it really sweet.

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Ba Loeloe
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems like Americans don't expect a answer when they say "Hi, how are you?

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#6

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away when they cross the street, they expect cars to stop for them. in my country, the cars will run you down without thinking twice.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the Netherlands pedestrians are legally protected into the extreme. If a driver collides with a pedestrians, the driver is always 100% at fault and liable. But even here pedestrians wait till it's safe to cross the street.

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#7

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away When they introduce themselves they never say they're from America: mostly the state/city they're from.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The USA is frigging huge. Nothing wrong with that !

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#8

I remember I was a small kid in Tijuana. They were typically a lot more good looking than the local population. The girls were hot as hell. The Marines that would come around from San Diego looked like superheroes and made these other guys look like sh*t.

We'd get European tourists as well but the American ones looked bigger and kind of stronger. Especially the military guys, like something out of these Marvel comics, at least the ones in their twenties.

All buff, tall, etc.

The military tourists were always very friendly to me and made me want to be like them when I grew up, which is why I'm going to enlist in the USMC a few years after college, haha.

Very friendly, generous people, very funny too.

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#9

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They complain that the portions at restaurants are too small.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately I've heard this too. It's a culture thing I guess.

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#10

You can hear them in museums when everyone else is extra silent.

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#11

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away In my experience, any combination of the following:

white socks
wearing a sun visor
Talking incredibly loud
Their phone will be on a belt loop
American teenagers are usually better at blending in however, so the trick with these guys is to wait until you're in a restaurant, at which point they'll make their presence known by complaining about the local food.

In terms of positives however, I find most American tourists are incredibly friendly and sociable, they usually have no problem talking to strangers and striking up a pleasant conversation, something we Europeans never do with each other (this is also another "tell", but it's one we should adopt).

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eirini
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In South Europe we do have pleasant conversations with total strangers. Not all Europeans behave the same way.

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#12

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away The absolute fearlessness of asking anyone on the street about anything

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And why not? They assume we are friendly which is nice.

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#13

Expecting everyone to speak English and/or not wanting to learn the local language.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember I was at the French border (Back when we had to stop and show our passport) and a car in front of us was at the checkpoint. A woman yeeted herself out of the car screaming "I don't need a passport, I'm American".

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#14

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They always look cheerful and are constantly smiling and seeming happy. Tourists from other places look more neutral or even unhappy.

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troufaki13
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you travel to another place and not be happy??? I'm with the Americans on this one!

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#15

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They get over-excited over very ordinary events and say things like “OMG look that grass how green it is!

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troufaki13
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find this very endearing to be honest. It's how children react and how we should all react in my opinion :)

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#16

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They wear white socks pulled all the way up.

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#17

I always felt embarrassingly underdressed when traveling in Europe.

On the flip side, as a native Arizonan I can always spot the European/English tourist because they will be bright red.

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#18

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Many of the things we say loudly, includes many irrelevant details. In Israel, no one gives a f*ck about irrelevant details. “Yes” or “no” answers are of high value in middle eastern culture; but in American culture we like to tell you all about why something is or that our daughter got married last year or our cat has diabetes.

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Tenacious Squirrel
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn’t know yes/no answers had high value in Middle Eastern culture. Interesting!

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#19

They’re looking for a store open at like 11pm. Even if in most European countries stores close at like 7-8 pm

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

American: "Can you imagine not being able to buy a microwave at 3 AM?" European: "Yes."

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#20

Americans think the world impressed by their city. No one cares that you’re from Las Vegas

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Susan Widomski
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And why do so many tourists visit Las Vegas or New York or California?

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#21

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Tipping. Americans will try to tip everyone, even in countries where tipping isn't a thing/is considered a serious insult.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the other way around tourists from outside the USA forget to tip or don't tip enough.

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#22

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They're always asking for extra ice in their drinks.

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September Meadows
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I prefer my drinks at room temperature unless they're supposed to be hot.

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#23

Quite often on the heavy side weight-wise (sorry!)

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#24

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They ask for ketchup no matter what they're eating.

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Leah Person
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

American here and cannot stand ketchup. I know most people do though

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#25

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away They have impeccable facial hair. Maybe Americans get a trim before they go on holiday, but I'm always impressed by the tidy beards and mustaches.

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Ba Loeloe
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every hipster in every countrie has impeccable facial hair.

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#26

dollars. God damn it, people - hit a money exchange before you hit the market. Especially in a country where hard currency was still illegal.

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Al Cook
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, most vendors in third world countries are happy to receive dollars because they're worth so much more than the local currency. In first world countries though, you'd have to be pretty stupid to think they'd be legal tender.

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#27

They’re the first to kick off when it’s a hot day and the Grade II listed hotel I work in doesn’t have air-conditioning.

Then they leave a bad review :( believe me, I would LOVE air con but we’re not allowed to change the building.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would you leave a 900 year old historical building intact, when you clearly can ruin the façade with air conditioners?

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#28

30 Non-Americans Share How They Spot American Tourists From A Mile Away Their college t shirt, sweater or cap

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Bella Wexhome
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this picture is of people looking at a subway map in nyc...

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#29

We are morons about diet. Another American moved to where I lived. He preached about high protein diets, b*tched about how he couldn’t find fat free milk or pasteurized egg whites, in a country that specializes in high-fat cuisine.

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#30

fanny pack.

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Al Cook
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F***y usually means something completely different in other English speaking parts of the world!

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