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You're reading: Why do ‘Russian’ tourists behave so badly abroad?

Stereotypes are discriminatory, but they also exist for reasons. So, I apologize in advance to people whose feelings are hurt by this column. But I would also be happy if some people changed their behavior after reading my take about tourist stereotypes.

Think American tourist and many would answer: loud, overweight, doesn’t speak any language other than English and totally ignorant, excluding information that he or she picked up in a Lonely Planet guide.

Think Japanese tourist and many would say: loaded with the latest models of the most expensive photographic equipment to take smiling pictures everywhere; almost always travels in large groups.

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