Vacations abroad have become more than just enriching experiences that widen our horizons – they have become the perfect opportunity to take the most glorious selfies. However, it seems that one iconic landmark is causing a number of fights over who gets the best selfie spot – Rome’s Trevi Fountain.
For so long, it has been a prime location to visit if you are passing through the Italian capital. For years, people have thrown coins over their shoulders at this enchanted site to bring them good fortune. Nowadays though, the tradition has been replaced by the instant gratification of a well-timed selfie.
In recent times though, this cultural phenomenon has caused a number of nasty fights at the Trevi Fountain. In July 2018, a pair of tourists both wanted the exact same spot to take a selfie. With a great view of the 18th-century structure in the background, they simply couldn’t take turns.
When the two women started disagreeing about who arrived at the spot first, what was a fairly cordial dispute at first soon erupted into a full-on fight. After both parties exchanged slaps and punches, the families of each woman also joined the brawl.
Thankfully though, the fight was eventually broken up by two policemen. At the peak of the fight, a total of eight people were battling in front of the beautiful monument. It was a truly horrific sight for all the other tourists who were patiently waiting to take their own selfies.
However, that wasn’t the end of the fight. Once the first round was broken up, the parties reignited the brawl, which required more policemen to come and dispel the trouble. Eventually, the police took all the people involved to a station close to Via della Greca.
Although no one was severely injured, all involved were charged with threatening behavior as well as assault. Amazingly, there have been a number of reported altercations next to the Trevi Fountain in the last few years alone.
You know what they say: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, we would like to go one step further: when in Rome, do some things that the Romans do, such as visiting the Trevi Fountain. However, don’t do other things, such as fighting in front of it.
You always know an American when you see one overseas. So, what do they do to make this obvious? Maybe, it’s their accents, idiosyncrasies, or style that make them stand out in the crowd abroad. Here are a few ways you can identify an American tourist abroad.
Can I Get Ice With That?
Ordering ice with a glass of soda or water is a typical thing to do in America, unlike in other countries. It turns out, a man named Frederic Tudor created a market for ice by giving it away for free to soft drink companies until it became a norm.
Spot Them With Their Baseball Caps
If you someone wearing a baseball cap on their head, then there’s a good chance they’re American. This baseball cap might be a mark for comfort, practicality, and a tad-bit of culture. Although the fascination to watch and analyze baseball games has transformed into watching footballs, this is one culture that Americans adhere to even while visiting foreign countries.
So, culture seems to play a bigger role in wearing baseball caps than its functionality. All analysis aside, they could simply wear it because they like wearing it.
All About Clapping
Whenever you see a person clapping at the movie theater or anywhere else really, you know they’re American. Nobody knows the reason for this unnecessary applause. For many, louder claps reflect a deeper acknowledgment. So, they clap whenever they find something extremely good.
On the other hand, many Americans state that “they are programmed for clapping since birth.” As hilarious as this may sound, it could indeed be the case. Jokes aside, it might seem like a silly trend, but the sentiment behind this unnecessary clapping is not as silly.
The Bro Culture
Calling random people “bro” and asking them “sup” is a trademark of Americans. However, saying these words to an elderly person in a different country might bring in some trouble no matter how affectionately it’s said.
If you are American and want to keep it low-key, avoid using these casual words as they might not fit into every culture. You do not want to get anybody alarmed although these words are nothing but casual.
Fanny Packs Around the Waist
Hold your laughter. Americans do not wrap fanny packs around their waist as a clothing accessory but as a tool to protect their belongings from the eyes of burglars in foreign countries. This is not something that they do in the states. Furthermore, fanny packs are easier to carry than large leather bags.
Fanny packs are also known as kidney bags in Spain and banana bags in France. So, this bag is not as uncommon as it seems. Also, carrying this kind of bag is nothing to be ashamed of!
Walk and Eat
Yes — this is also a classic way to identify an American. Everybody is aware of how most Americans work for long hours. They probably don’t have a minute to spare before work in the morning. So, they usually grab a bite on the way to the office.
They probably walk and eat out of habit more than anything. However, an American might stop this habit in Japan where tourists are asked not to walk and eat. They consider walking while eating to be a sign of poor manners.
No Metric System
If you encounter a person who scratches his head in confusion every time the conversation of the metric system comes up, that person is probably American. The existence of the imperial system while measuring the size of machinery during the Industrial Revolution was the main reason why Americans put so much weight on the IS system rather than the metric system.
Although Americans have a tendency to be leaders rather than followers, it does no harm to get acquainted with the metric system.
They Do Not Leave McDonald’s Alone
Whichever part of the world Americans visit, they always look for McDonald’s. They probably want to feel a bit at home in other countries by eating here. On the contrary, they might also go for McDonald’s because they want to compare the food and services of that country to their own.
Every country has its own uniqueness in its branch compared to others. So, visiting McDonald’s in some other country is not a waste after all.
Americans Do Not Keep Their “Drinks” on Hold
Americans drink to a great extent. When it comes to drinking, they never reach diminishing marginal utility — meaning, they won’t resist ordering another drink even if they’ve been going at it for the last hour.
So, if you hit the restaurants and notice a person ordering drink after drink, they’re probably American. With that being said, not all Americans are into this partying lifestyle; this isn’t a trademark of recognizing an American. So, you can recognize only a few of them.
They Converse With Strangers
Americans chit-chat and make small talk with random people for no apparent cause. If you hear a random line like, “The weather is nice, isn’t it,” chances are it’s coming from an American. Whether you’re traveling or eating at a restaurant, an American has no issue approaching you for a chat.
They can talk about everything starting from how you’re doing to what kind of industry you work in. While there’s nothing wrong with small talk, chatting with a stranger might be frowned upon in some cultures.
Oversharing Is Not Caring
Americans have no filter in the information they share. They might even share their personal information with a cashier at a grocery store! If you find someone talking to you regarding their marital status, you know they’re from America.
Now, there’s no explanation why they do it. They could be in search of deeper connections. Or perhaps it’s just a cultural construction in which oversharing is normal.
Shorts and Violation of Folkways
Wearing shorts in both the summer and winter might be commonplace in America. So, you might be able to identify an American according to the type of pants they’re wearing However, it’s important to note that this kind of dress code violates folkways in some countries.
People in countries such as India believe that shorts are only appropriate for children. Wearing shorts in broad daylight in Indian streets would be like wearing shorts to a job interview — just no. Now, no one would charge at the American tourist for wearing shorts, but they might get a few stares…
The Tipping System
We all know that not everyone tips, and that’s okay because it’s not always custom depending on the country you’re in. But, Americans are quite generous when it comes to tipping compared to European countries. They take the poor hourly rate of waiters into consideration and give them a little extra.
This consideration makes Americans differ from everyone else. So, if you ever see someone giving their waiter a generous tip, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with an American.
The Conventional Sign of Recognition
The accent. Yes, it’s the most common and accurate way to know if someone is American. You know a person is American as soon you hear the American ‘R’ and ‘T’ sounds. Moreover, they’re never going to use “Going to” but rather replace it with “gonna” when they have the slightest chance of doing so.
There’s nothing quirky or weird about the American accent yet it is somehow quite unnerving. If you’re an American, though, embrace it. You have nothing to be embarrassed about — not about the accent, at least.
Emulating Other Accents
Many Americans choose to do this — emulate the accents of others to hide their own American accent. Now, if you’re learning the language of that country, it’s crucial to properly learn the accents and sounds.
However, if it’s done to sound smarter and to conceal your American identity, you probably won’t succeed. And that’s perfectly fine — you shouldn’t try to mask who you are or where you come from.
Not Being Bilingual
Knowing different languages can help one form different connections. It’s almost surprising how most Americans aren’t bilingual despite being so friendly. Many American schools don’t put much emphasis on learning a separate language. Apart from that, no social advantage arises from being bilingual.
This is probably why Americans put “learning a different language” in the last row of their list. So, you may be able to recognize an American depending on how much they struggle with other languages.
They Are Loud
Americans are easy to spot with their loud volume. Whether it’s to greet someone or grab someone’s attention, Americans have a tendency to be loud no matter where they are. While abroad, it seems as though Americans haven’t quite yet understood why it’s important to speak at a lower volume.
Still, if you can’t recognize an American by the volume in which they speak, you might be able to spot them depending on their accent.
Oblivious to Customs
Most Americans would break a rule or two during their stay in a foreign country whether it’s wearing shorts or consuming ice with each beverage. These rule-breaking tendencies likely make Americans much more noticeable to other people.
A vacation is probably a way to get rid of the hustle and bustle. So, they don’t usually have time to research the customs or learn a new language. They simply use their existing knowledge to survive the trip.
When seen from afar, these two people may look as if they’ve known each other for ages. When you get closer, though, you’ll hear them talk about where they’re from in the states and what they do in their free time. Then again, it does make some sense — souls of similar countries might find better bonds in a different land.
When an American runs into a fellow American, however, they become loud with excitement and make an indirect announcement on which state they’re from. In this case, they don’t leave it to your deduction to figure out where they’re from.
Grab Coffee & Leave
Most Americans don’t gaze and sip their coffee until it has become cold. They prefer to take the coffee and leave immediately without further ado. They drink their coffee just like they eat their food — they walk, eat, and drink simultaneously.
In the states, they might only have coffee during breaks. So, they may not know the luxury of savoring the coffee. Anyway, back to the point, you can likely spot an American with the disposable plastic cup in their hands as they make their way down the street.
Sanitizer and Peace of Mind
Americans have a tendency to sanitize their hands now and then. This trend of using sanitizer started way before the pandemic hit. For many, using sanitizer is associated with peace of mind. Otherwise, they get paranoid about spreading germs.
So, if you notice somebody pulling a Purell bottle out of their bag on every occasion, they’re probably American. It’s not that other people don’t use sanitizer in the rest of the world — but it’s definitely more common in America.
Notice the Graphic T-shirt
Americans love graphic t-shirts — from “I Love NY” to John Lennon’s “New York City” tee, people from the U.S. just can’t get enough. No one really knows when this became a trend in the fashion industry, but we have to admit that we understand why these tees have become so popular.
It seems to be associated with their casual attitude. So, in a nutshell, spot that graphic t-shirt and you know an American is wearing it.
As you already know, Americans love to clap for any and every occasion. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that they’re filled with unlimited positivity and enthusiasm. They believe that everything is achievable even in the face of a massive economic or social downturn.
Anybody who visits America would be awestruck to see this. Americans don’t shy away from showing excessive positivity when they’re abroad. So, spot them with their zeal.
Americans simply love to state how outstanding the USA is. You might even notice them get lost in their thoughts while conversing about New York City and its bright lights. Americans love everything in their country, starting from the stadiums to the restaurants.
At times, they might compare the facilities of their country with the foreign country they’re residing in without even realizing that the conversation is turning into a game of bragging. They have a magical power in which they can connect anything that you’re talking about to how amazing America is.
Messy Rooms in Hotels
Unfortunately, this is not visible in the streets. Hence, it’s not for everyone to see. However, if you’re a person who provides some service at a hotel, you’ll understand this better than anyone else. Generally speaking, Americans keep their hotel rooms unapologetically messy.
They don’t usually organize the rooms before leaving the hotel. This tendency might have stemmed from their busy life where they cannot find two minutes to organize their clothes. Whatever the case may be, an American leaves the mark of being an American with a messy room.
They Shoo Other People Away on the Streets
It doesn’t matter whether they’re on their way to work or going on a trip to a foreign land — Americans always seem to be in a hurry.
In that process, they might shoo you away in your own land. Why? Well, because they want to reach each of their destinations with the speed of a cheetah, all without paying heed to the needs of people around them.
They Need Everything in Their Traveling Bags
If they could, Americans would pack their entire house for a two-day trip. The concept of packing lightly seems almost impossible when it comes to Americans. One reason could be their lack of faith in the products of other countries. The belief of unavailability of these products overseas could be another.
The process of checking a thousand bags is not intimidating to them. They don’t sway away from this behavior even if their backs hurt from carrying these loads.
The Phone Attraction
Americans are attracted to their phones no matter which part of the world they visit. You would never see them looking at you directly because they’re too busy looking at their phones. Still, we cannot claim that they’re less attracted to art or culture.
However, when there’s a competition between the two, their phones will always win. With this kind of behavior, they might as well look at everything online rather than physically going to the sites and attractions.
They’re not only inclined to use their phones at all times, but also to take selfies constantly. They’ll shamelessly take their selfie-stick out at every opportunity they get. Then again, it’s not like people of other countries aren’t into selfies.
However, when it comes to Americans, they’ll willingly turn their back to the beautiful site that they were supposed to enjoy — and all in search of the perfect angle.
Dirtying the Streets
Americans are greatly involved in littering. With disposable cups and plastic straws in their hands, they barely realize which area they’re contaminating while walking and eating. Sometimes, you can even spot them mindlessly toss an empty bag chip bag on the beach.
Now, don’t get us wrong — we’re not trying to humiliate Americans. Not all Americans are into these sorts of things. However, many of them are. Littering is in no way acceptable whether it’s in America or in another country. So, it’s wise to throw your trash in the bin.