My wife and I traveled a bit during the Obama administration. We’re about to do some more traveling this year, but I’ve been feeling more than a bit of trepidation for the same reasons you describe.

I’ve always tried to be a proper ambassador whenever overseas. This is what we were taught in the Navy for port visits, and it’s simple common sense besides…but the “ugly American” isn’t a myth. I’ve seen it too many times.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.