As Canadians, we like to think of ourselves as more worldly and cultured when travelling than our American neighbours. In some ways, there’s a bit of truth to that. But at the same time, taking a good look in the mirror can reveal some annoying things that we may be doing when we travel, often without realizing we’re being boorish and irritating. Are you an annoying Canadian when you travel? Read on to find out.
We talk endlessly about how great Canada is
Instead of listing all the good things about Canada, take the opportunity to listen to others talk about their own countries and experiences. You'll learn something new and maybe even make a new friend that you may visit one day.
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Boasting about our bad weather to other travellers
Instead of trying to one-up other winter dwellers, maybe exchange insider info on the best places to snowboard and ski.
Boasting to people back in Canada about how warm it is
Instead of bragging about the weather in one of the world's greatest warm, sunny and cheap places to retire, just enjoy it. You'll be home shovelling soon enough.
Boring Americans to death with tales of Canadian health care
Instead of boasting, consider marrying an American and spreading the love!
Assuming people know nothing about the Canada
Instead of assuming the worst, why not turn the tables and learn something about the other travellers you meet?
Like any country, Canada is evolving. We get some things right and some things wrong. If you're not familiar with our darker past, a good place to start is the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Listing off every Canadian celebrity
Instead of talking about our famous people, ask others about theirs. You might even discover some new movies, authors and music.
Expecting to see hockey finals wherever we go
Instead, hang out with other Canadians and watch the richest hockey players play on your laptop or go to a nearby sporting event and experience it as a local.
Leaving piles of packaging at US rest areas
Hey, we get buying stuff, but maybe leave the packaging at the store, drop it off at a recycling centre or bring it back to Canada and be honest with the CBSA officer upon your return, otherwise, you might get flagged at customs.
Being annoyingly nice
Instead, why not give other people a chance to show they can be just as nice?
Wearing Canadian clothing and carrying the flag
Remember that all countries have great people you'll want to meet. Worry less about where you're from and put that energy into making new friends.
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Instead of dressing for the backyard, step it up with a little style. You'll look and feel better and won't stand out as much as a tourist. You'll also reduce the chance of making a cultural faux pas and get more respect from the local population.
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