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Survey names Americans worst tourists in the world

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  March 7, 2012 09:30 AM

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It isn't just the rest of the world that sees us as the worst travelers. As it turns out, Americans feel the same way.

In a recent survey conducted by daily deal website Living Social and Mandala Research, 20 percent of respondents named America the country with the worst tourists, with Americans, Canadians and Australians all giving the U.S. that distinction. The Irish called the British the worst, while the British tabbed the Germans. China finished second with 15 percent of the vote, while Ireland, Australia, and Switzerland brought up the rear with only 2 percent each.

The survey was conducted with more than 5,600 respondents in five countries and also documented various other topics including the top 10 dream destinations for Americans, favorite celebrity travel companion (Ellen DeGeneres comes out on top, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry), and vacation horror stories (21 percent complained about lost luggage and weather, while only three percent noted being the victim of a scam of getting arrested). The survey also noted that 78 percent of Americans have visited at least one foreign country, 61 percent have visited multiple countries, and 36 percent have traveled to four or more foreign destinations.

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