People From 14 Countries Reveal the Most Annoying Things Foreigners Do When They Visit
This story originally appeared on ThisIsInsider.com.
Tourists get a bad rap.
And while being a tourist can be great, it's really all about respecting the culture you're exploring.
Unfortunately, not every tourist does that.
A Quora thread asked, "What are the most annoying things that foreigners do in your country?" and many, many people aired their grievances.
Here are the things that tourists repeatedly do in 14 countries that gets locals' blood to boil.
DENMARK: Getting in the way.
Andreas Rosendahl Hansen hates tourists ignoring the simple Danish setup that differentiates the sidewalk from the bike path from the road. "Every summer, Copenhagen is flooded with tourists who for some reason do not spend five minutes surveying their surroundings to observe this simple setup, and as a result wade directly onto the bicycle path with their huge luggage, stop to take pictures, etc."
He adds that tourists renting bikes that don't properly signal is even worse. "If you rent a bike in Copenhagen as a tourist (which you absolutely should!) and don't do this, I hate you."
INDIA: Going on yoga retreats.
Siddharth Agarwal, from India, says that he hates it when foreigners come to India to practice "Yoga in the most idiotic way, perform Tantric sexual practices, and follow fake and uneducated [gurus] in search of peace." He says that the gurus Westerners come to India for are often "fake and uneducated. These people know nothing about meditation and yoga," and that yoga is "a business here in India" and not a way of finding inner peace.
"It seems so annoying and idiotic that foreigners come to India searching for peace and inner self and end up with these funny and business minded [gurus] who teach them to wear Indian ethnic wear, have sex in the open, and take drugs to free yourself," he says.
ITALY: Not following the rules.
Gianmarco Prete says "Foreigners are pretty convinced that Italy is a lovely land without laws [...] and they think they can do everything they want. Well, let me tell you a tiny little thing: YOU CAN'T. You can't have a bath in the Trevi Fountain. You can't pee in the streets in the middle of the night. You can't climb the several statues that adorn our historic centres (they were made by Bernini, Canova or Michelangelo you fools, have some respect for our geniuses!)."
He also hates it when foreigners assume everyone speaks English, and when they order Americanized Italian food like pineapple pizza, fettuccine Alfredo, and spaghetti with meatballs.
Nariswari Khairanisa Nurjaman says that she has seen Western backpackers busking or begging to fund their travels. "If this is not annoying I don't know what this is," she says, adding that "It's bad enough when tourists go on 'slum tours' in underdeveloped countries and take photos of beggars, but when they join them so they can pay their vacay, they're taking their entitlement one step too far."
Read more about "beg-packing" here.
GERMANY: Taking selfies at sites honoring Holocaust victims.
Sarah Freytag, who lives in Berlin, can't stand it when tourists take selfies at concentration camp memorials, or "memorials for the victims of that regime in general." She says that, even worse, some people attempt "funny poses, victory signs, or bad (or good, it doesn't matter) Hitler impersonations."
THAILAND: Taking pictures with tigers.
Belle Bunyaporn, who lives in Bangkok, hates it when tourists take pictures with "drugged" tigers. "The act of utilizing wild animals as photo props to gain social validation on your social media is genuinely deplorable, despite how innocuous it may seem on the surface," she says, explaining that "utilizing wild animals as a tourist attraction is beyond sinister, and the treatments inflicted upon them are simply barbaric."
NORWAY: Getting too close to glaciers.
Arve Løken says that glaciers in Norway have fences and warning signs for a reason — because they routinely kill people.
"Most people know that sheer drops and wild rivers are dangerous, but when natural phenomena are fenced off in Norway, it means that they are way more dangerous than you can fathom!" he says. "So, for the love of all you hold dear, stay on the right side of the fence near a glacier!"
UK: Talking loudly on the Tube.
Simon Millward says that he's annoyed by foreigners talking loudly on the Tube, especially during rush hour. "We are not there for fun, nor really out of choice. [...] We're all tired cos we're English so at least 50% of us are nursing hangovers. We're British. We don't like talking (or loud people ) at the best of times," he explains, and pleads "So... please... ssshhh now... hush your noise."
AUSTRALIA: Driving on the wrong side of the road.
Elle Lucia, from Australia, finds it annoying when foreigners drive on the wrong side of the road. "In Australia, we drive on the LEFT. For most of the world they drive on the RIGHT," she says, ranting that it's dangerous when tourists inexperienced with driving on the left take the wheel.
Reece Ansaa agrees, and says it's even worse when they then complain that "Australians drive on the wrong side of the road. No, actually you are doing so!"
INDONESIA: Renting motorcycles.
Wirawan Winarto of Indonesia claims that in Southeast Asia, the roads are "basically semi-Wild Wild West," "full of potholes," and that they lack rules. To locals, amateur tourists renting motorcycles is mostly a hugely dangerous obstacle.
INDIA: Taking photos in slums.
Angad Singh can't understand foreigners' "fascination with poverty," and says that "going into slums uninvited with large flashy DSLR cameras is slightly disruptive. These are not zoos where you can click pictures of kids without permission or just wander around for the next perfect click with 'poor' people in it. These are actual homes of people where they conduct their daily business."
USA: Gawking at the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Alice Vickerman, self-proclaimed Midwestern American, says that it's rude when tourists come and gawk at the Amish. "Amish do not wish to be photographed, so if you tour an Amish area, do not take photographs unless you have explicit permission. Do not gawk at them," she advises.
CROATIA: Taking selfies at Plitvice Lakes.
Maja Burazin says that despite tourists getting repeated warnings about taking selfies at Plitvice Lakes National Park, they do it anyway. "It is more dangerous than annoying. Several people have died or have been injured while taking selfies on or near the cliffs." According to her, "No photo is worth risking your life."
BRAZIL: Taking favela tours.
Anna Paula Ferrari says that favela tours make Brazilians "feel, deeply in our subconscious, a little disgusted and confused." She adds, "I cannot express how annoying the sight of many camouflage-patterned Jeeps crossing Atlântica Avenue taking smiling tourists with huge cameras [is]. Like the thrill to enter in an urban warzone and take pictures of the living things there, and go back just in time to taste an overpriced caipirinha while watching the Sun fall behind the Sugarloaf."
NEW ZEALAND: Assuming no one can understand you.
According to Te Wheke Pai, who resided in New Zealand, a lot of foreigners assume that locals only understand English, and will trash talk, loudly. He says that "Kiwis are increasingly multi-lingual" and that "You can be from any obscure places in the world, and the next person on the bus of a different race might actually understand your rant."
"Please don't air your personal dirty laundry in public," he pleads.