No one has treated me poorly because I am an American. I have received advice "tell them you are Canadian". I am a lousy liar. I am an American. No one has treated me poorly because of it. I treat them respectfully and they in turn treat me respectfully. I respect their customs and traditions and they treat me friendly and well.
Be kind and others will be kind to you. I have loved traveling and seeing Ephesus and Chichen Itza. Rhodes and Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) were incredible. Bagan was amazing and Hawaii was great. Yosemite, Kings Canyon, the Grand Canyon and Havasupai are unreal. I was worried that I would be disappointed when I got to Machu Picchu. Wow was I wrong about that.
Everywhere you are and everywhere you go have fantastic sites. I started out wanting to see the Seven Wonders of the world. I went to Rhodes to see the Colossus of Rhodes (stop laughing!) This thing is 98 feet high how can I not see it from the marina!? I walked all over trying to find it. WHERE IS THIS THING!? HOW CAN I NOT SEE IT!?
It was destroyed in the 4th century and did not exist in 2012. Live and learn. We did however, meet some really nice people that helped us find our way out of the walled city (harder than you think due to construction) to our hotel. And Rhodes (Rodos) was a great walled city and well worth the visit.
Find something you want to see. We enjoy ruins and ancient sites. Rome, Athens, Petra Jordan are on our first segment in 2016. I want to tell you about the travel, the people, the sites. I want to inspire you to travel. I hope you will follow me and let me tell you my tales.