It’s easy to spot a Canadian while travelling – he or she is usually the one sporting a giant flag on their luggage or backpack.
The practice of sporting the maple leaf begun in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, when popular opinion around the world was against our American lookalikes. When baby boomers became parents, they would pass the ritual on to their own travelling children.The practice has now become ingrained in young Canadians.
The maple leaf patch is just a part of an age-old Canadian preoccupation with distinguishing ourselves from our southern neighbours and touting even our smallest achievements.
Do you wear a Canadian Flag decal on your luggage when traveling? Do you find you’re treated better?