Eight More Ways to Say “I’m American” While Traveling Without Saying “I’m American”

This is part two of the series. Start with the first blog that blew up almost two years ago!

Travis W. King

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Preface: I use MERICANS (I hope you pronounce it in your mind the way I do), United Statesmen, and “folks from The States” to describe United States citizens. The usage of “American” to describe people from one country in the Americas is strange and inaccurate. I elaborate more on the subject in the preface of part one of this series. If this bothers you, sorry. But calling United States citizens “Americans” bothers many folks from the other 34 countries that make up “The Americas.” Plus, if the spanish language has figuered out a word for it (estadounidense), I think we can find another option.

Sometimes while traveling, spotting a fellow MERICAN is as easy as clocking a large bearded man boarding a plane while wearing a MAGA hat and a statement shirt like “Freedom is Always an Option,” or “Guns, Whiskey, Beer and Freedom.” (Both of those are real shirts by the way.)

However, what I want to break down here are the more subtle ways that I easily spot folks from The States while globetrotting. My countrymen do certain things that will make me snap my head and say, “What State did you grow up in?”

When they respond, “How did you know I’m from The States?,” I’ll fill them in on some of these things that make our cultural heritage stand out just as much as a USA flag speedo. If the convo goes well, I’ll share a link to the first piece I wrote on this subject—my second-ever article to go somewhat viral.

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A few months back, I was hosting several American friends in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, where I live. Over the few days, various ideas from my first blog on this subject slingshot themselves toward the front of my mind.

Most often in a moment when a friend would offer business advice, unprompted. Or when the service was not up to their standard. This food should have somehow been made BEFORE I EVEN GOT HERE! Many of the behaviors covered in the…

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Travis W. King

Traveling, writing, & working abroad for 10 years. Former Remote Year Dir. of Community. Check out my travel memoir—Not That Anyone Asked—at www.traviswking.com