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41. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

aaahhh, almost but not quite half..Its called the majority.. I think 151 million idiots still count. Cupcake, you are so sweet. Please stay the way you are and never loose your frosting. I will no longer tease, joke or apparantly offend anyone on this form. It was more a social experiment while I was high. I love travel, I have met some of my best friends and lovers while travelling, although I have not really ever received an incredible tip from anyone on this forum. Never saved me in the face of trouble in any way. buddy needs to get a life if he is always checking his own responses and glowing at himself for telling somone that the lake near Zagreb is warm in the summer. SamIam, enough respect..you are a good guy with a good sense of humour. Im off to Buda.

Peace in the middle east!!

42. Posted by JIN (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi all,
I tend to agree that this is not the forum for such an unscientific excercise.Invariably, the person performing the analysis/survey, has some strong personal biases, if not axes to grind, and this tends to show through in the findings and presentations.
Well meaning as you may be, I suggest the hostels.com general forum has a lot more vibe and tolerance for this kind of tongue-in-cheek.
Apologies if I am wrong in my suggestion.

Regards and good travels, JIN

43. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting JIN

Hi all,
I tend to agree that this is not the forum for such an unscientific excercise.Invariably, the person performing the analysis/survey, has some strong personal biases, if not axes to grind, and this tends to show through in the findings and presentations.
Well meaning as you may be, I suggest the hostels.com general forum has a lot more vibe and tolerance for this kind of tongue-in-cheek.
Apologies if I am wrong in my suggestion.

Regards and good travels, JIN

In my own experience only forums that aren't well moderated or visited have a lot of 'tolerance' (such a vague word this really) ... and tolerance has nothing to do with vibe Where there are a lot of people from a lot of different nationalities with a lot of different religious, political, personal opinions, it's only normal that people will disagree with one another's opinions.

It's agreeing to disagree that can get tough :)

44. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Generalisations.. arggh. The root of all evil if you ask me. To answer the original question, if I had to pick a most annoying trait for a backpacker it would be 'stereotyping'. Anyone seen The Spanish Apartment?

Oooohh yes... I didn't even watch til the end because I really hated it. Strange though, because a person whom I really respect, who seem open-minded and intelligent to me, and who have travelled a lot himself (he owned his own hostel in Rio de Janeiro for 2 years!) told me it was a great movie!!!

But to answer the initial question (although it's silly): Swedish backpackers are louder and drunker than any Aussie, and also they can't speak English properly though they think they can... Usually I don't tell them I'm Swedish because I'm too embarrassed and don't want to have anything to do with them. And despite our small population (8.5 million people) there are a lot of Swedish people out there!!!

//Susanna

45. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 11y

Quoting moscowmetr

loud, drunk and quite overly concerned in other peoples business. At least Asians mind there own business but will offer help when asked.

Australians are comparitavely moderate alcohol consumers. Have a look at this graph if you are interested in the reality of the matter. Australia came in 23rd out of 45 countries surveyed, which in my opinion is decidedly average. Personally, I tend to have noticed far more British drunk people on vacation.. not that I consider all British people to be drunkards. Actually, I can't really think of any drunk Aussies I've seen outside of Australia.

Susanna, the reason I mentioned the Spanish Apartment was the really annoying character who was so busy stereotyping all the various nationalities in the apartment. Classic example of irritating generalising behaviour.

46. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Australians are comparitavely moderate alcohol consumers. Have a look at this graph if you are interested in the reality of the matter.

Wow - I would have thought the US would have been higher! We're almost head-to-head with Canada and just under Australia (which still - probably - isn't statistically significant). Looking at the chart and data points, we should be wary of anyone from Luxembourg. (Yes, I am kidding! I actually have never met anyone from Luxembourg while traveling.)

Maybe I just move in different circles, but the loudest and drunkest people I have met have been from the US. Because we are also from here, most of them gravitate to us as though we are their long lost best friend. Why? Because they say we have "something in common". I have yet to figure out what that "something" is though... Did I just stereo-type Americans? No. I made an observation of the people I have met. I did not say Americans, in general, are drunk and loud. There is a difference.

47. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Susanna, the reason I mentioned the Spanish Apartment was the really annoying character who was so busy stereotyping all the various nationalities in the apartment. Classic example of irritating generalising behaviour.

I think the movie itself was quite stereotyping/generalising... Don't you think?

//Susanna

48. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 11y

Quoting snatterand

I think the movie itself was quite stereotyping/generalising... Don't you think?

//Susanna

That's true too actually now that I consider it.

49. Posted by byplane1 (Inactive 2 posts) 11y

Spoken with true ignorance. Simple words from a well-travelled man. Learn to respect every culture and don't base your judgements on particular government bodies or world politics. Most of all, open your mind and learn from each and every culture that you encounter.

50. Posted by Adrock (Budding Member 55 posts) 11y

You just listed countries in four different continents so half the world is annoying. How can you even consider yourself a traveler if you are annoyed by of these people form all over the world. -snip-

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