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For years, many people in the world have had a great fondness for America. They have admired our culture, our products and our cheerful, fun-loving nature. In recent years, however, there has been a signi± cant shift in those feelings. Research studies show that, for e a number of reasons, “favorablility” ratings for America are declining around the world. While it is true that the rise in negative feelings toward us may result from perceptions more than reality, it is also true that perceptions are powerful opinion makers. You, and the 55-60 million other Americans who travel abroad each year, have a unique opportunity to change at least some impressions of us from negative to positive. By following the few simple suggestions in this guide, you can have a better travel experience while showing America’s best face to those you visit. Practical advice for Americans traveling abroad Å Look. Listen. Learn. New places mean new cultures and new experiences. Don’t just shop. See the sights, hear the sounds and try to understand the lives people live. Smile. Genuinely. It’s a universal equalizer. Think big. Act small. Be humble. In many countries, boasting is considered very rude. It’s easy to resent big, powerful people. Assume resentment as a default and play down your wealth, power and status. When Americans meet each other for the F rst time, our job (and implied status) is a key part of “who” we are, and how we introduce ourselves. This is less important elsewhere, and can be perceived as braggadocio. Live, eat and play local. Once you get to know other Americans, don’t start ignoring locals you knew before. Most people believe that Americans have the most fun when they are in their own company. Prove them wrong. The world is full of interesting and exciting things, people and places you might never have heard of. Take some of it in. If your travels take you outside the United States, this primer on “world citizenship” may be helpful. 25 simple suggestions Ç In Japan, it is considered rude to look at a person directly in the eye for more than a few seconds. In 2003,
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