In some places, they’re easy to spot: the American Tourists. It’s really not about appearance or clothing or unrecognizable accents. It’s more about our attitudes that come across as ethnocentric, superior, and just plain ungracious at times, unfortunately.
Some destinations around the world have earned a reputation as not being particularly conciliatory to American tourists (we’ve left several countries off the list because of obvious safety concerns, travel warnings, government restrictions, and the like). They’re not in any rush to welcome Americans who criticize strange customs, make no effort to communicate with the “natives,” show no desire to experience the true culture of a place, and ask condescending questions like “How much is that in real money?”
But if Americans set aside their imperialistic attitude and respectfully turn their attention to the amazing attributes of the following countries, they could find themselves being welcomed with open arms. And that leaves the door open for any number of wonderful travel possibilities.
29. The Central African Republic
Why Americans aren’t the most-liked: Here Americans may be seen as easy targets. In the wake of a violent military coup which overthrew the government, corruption continues in this country. Armed groups kidnap, injure and murder civilians. Even U.S. government employees are not authorized to travel outside the Embassy compound without special permission.
Why go? Although this is one of the least visited countries in the world, it boasts a rare natural beauty and amazing wildlife. In more peaceful times, it was known as one of the best places in Africa for encounters with gigantic forest elephants and western lowland gorillas, among other captivating creatures.