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 Irking the locals (Courtesy Getty Images)


An instructional video for those of us on the correct side of the pond on proper tourist etiquette in Mother England.  Here's the link to that video from Yahoo Travel.


Comments anyone?  I'll start by saying they're a lot stuffier and seem less fun-loving than most Brits I've met.


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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie


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I find the guy bothered by people stopping to take photos a charmer.  Hope I don't run into him over there, but I'm never without a camera when I'm abroad.  When I see a tourist taking a photo either in Calgary or nearby Rocky Mountains, I'm always intrigued by what their subject matter is and the angle of how they're capturing the image -- that sort of thing.  Hardly a bother!!


I guess they don't realize how important we tourists are to the economy.  According to Visit Britain website, tourism is the 5th largest industry and provides 3,000,000 jobs.  Nothing to sneeze at. 

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

Well, I can see both sides (and have been on both sides). When I stop to take a picture I try to stay out of the way of people trying to pass by...and when the shoe is on the other foot, I try to leave room to avoid ruining someone's picture.


A little bit of common courtesy all around makes it all (generally) work...

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

The first thing that surprises me on this blog is how eager people are to believe any of the pure drivel that film makers produce.

Yahoo send a team to London to be controversial. That's the script.

They don't want to tell a story of people who are just like the folks you left behind in America. No. That's not going to grab anyone's attention.

PHeymont has lived in both countries and knowingly avoids such divisive journalism.

Wherever you travel in the world you find people who are giving , friendly and courteous.

It just disappoints me that people still rise to the bait of cheap journalism.




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Interesting.  I work in San Francisco near the Ferry Building and frequently jaunt down to Pier 39 on my lunch break for exercise.  Tourist alley, especially now that they have a new cruise terminal between the Ferry Building and Pier 39.  Just today I nearly fell into a couple who stopped to take a picture of Coit Tower, speaking in an English accent.  I moved on and got out of their way.  'Tis different when the shoe is on another foot, I suppose.

"Do you know where you are?"  "No idea.  More fun that way!" - 10th Doctor

Like all myths exaggerated with a grain of truth or not, he lives on, along with his companions the Snobby Brit, the Nasty Frenchman, the Pushy German and all the rest. These days, it’s easy to find articles creating new misconceptions about Japanese and Chinese tourists.

Point being, whatever these so-called “national characters” are, they are built on ignorance and prejudice; it is one of the great things about travel that they seldom survive actual experience.

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