Sooner or later, most Americans travelling abroad hear about the idea of sewing a Canadian flag to their backpack. After all, Americans are so despised around the world that it's safe to pretend to be a Canadian, right?
You'll be happy to know that this is a myth. To be fair, if you're in Iran and in a Revolutionary Guard recruiting rally, it might not be the best time for wearing your "America, Fuck Yeah!" t-shirt. Aside from that, don't sweat it; you're simply not going to have that much of a problem. That being said, there are sometimes problems. What follows is going to be a touch political, but frankly, you can't discuss "do people hate Americans" without this topic arising.
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Gary Arndt, on the other hand, has been travelling around the planet for years and he hasn't encountered a single case of anti-Americanism. He talks of people being fascinated by Americans and our lives here and that's mostly been my experience too. Talking to my other expat friends and reading through other blogs on the topic all serves to reinforce this: people understand the difference between a people and their government. Ditch that Canadian flag, you won't need it.