5 Dumb Things Tourists Do

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This post about silly things tourists do is in partnership with Little, Brown & Co. for the humorous new book, Penguins of America. The lavish illustrations of how people penguins act will have you laughing at human ridiculousness.

The book was written by #1 bestselling author James Patterson & his son Jack Patterson, and with every turn of the page, you’ll giggle a little bit more as you realize humans and penguins really aren’t that different after all.

Penguins of America - James & Jack Patterson

My favorite illustration (and the one that inspired this post) shows tourists being… well, tourists, and I think we can all agree there’s quite a bit to laugh about with that!

illustration from Penguins of America - James Patterson

So without any further ado, let’s dive into the silliness of traveling humans.

5 Silly Things Tourists Do

Take photos with every landmark or sign

This may or may not involve photographer contortions, but it will most likely include massive amounts of discussion in order to get the perfect shot. And yes, I do this.

dumb things tourists do

Use selfie sticks

On the subject of tourists taking photos, it’s impossible to overlook the selfie stick. In theory, it should be a good idea, but in practice… it’s just ridiculous. And no, I do not do this. I’m bitter after being smacked with one a couple times.

tourists using a selfie stick

Break the rules

It says no climbing, no smoking, no entering, no littering, no touching, no taking things…, yet there you are with your heavy, dirty soul doing all the things you shouldn’t be doing because the rules don’t apply to you. Come on now.

Dramatic reenactment of a rule breaker

Travel Aimlessly

Have some self-awareness of where you are and what you’re doing relative to the people around you. Do NOT stop in the middle of the walkway. I repeat, do NOT stop there. Pull over to the side and get yourself together, man. It’s a wonder we all get to where we’re going because some people seriously don’t seem to have a clue.

Stage corny poses with inanimate objects

Harmless silliness. I encourage this. Carry on.

My daughter listens to raptor secrets

Except for breaking the rules, most of the silly things tourists do are just that: silly, and I love that Penguins of America gently lets us poke fun at ourselves. In a world where we tend to take things far too seriously, this humorous book serves as the perfect reminder to chill out.

About the Book

PENGUINS OF AMERICA is James Patterson’s first book with his son, Jack. His son’s love of penguins was the original inspiration for the book. When Jack was 5 years old, he told his father he should write a book about penguins. Twelve years later, we have PENGUINS OF AMERICA, a collaborative creation between father and son.

Penguins – our lovable, cute, flightless friends who are constantly dressed for a formal occasion – have always fascinated humans. As we shuffle through life one day at a time, it’s easy to take things far too seriously, but when we see penguins taking a walk in our shoes it’s impossible not to recognize how silly we can actually be. Featuring humorous illustrations with captions that show penguins in the day-to-day situations that we’ve all experienced – from a relaxing day at the beach to a stressful morning commute – PENGUINS OF AMERICA is a hilarious and charming send-up of daily life.

About the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children’s Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: “PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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