Visit America - The DON'Ts of Visiting The USA

Published 2017-10-01
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Whether heading to New York, Washington, California or Chicago there are some general DON'Ts of visiting the USA. This video goes over the major things you should not do in the US. From touching the Americans, to not discussing certain topics, to how not to miss out on the food & culture the US has on offer.
This video is designed to teach travelers about the American culture and cultural differences and norms that may be found throughout the US. So if you are going to be visiting the USA, then this is a video you should watch so you better understand how Americans think, act and react in day to day settings.
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All Comments (21)
  • Slothful
    One of the biggest don't in America is interacting with other people's kids. Just don't lol.
  • Rare OSTs
    Another one: Don't get offended if you say "Thank you" to someone and their response is "Uh huh" or "Sure". In America, we say this all the time and it just means "You're welcome" or "No problem at all", it's a polite response. We are NOT saying anything like "Yea, you better thank me", which I realized is how many foreigners hear it. I held a door open for a stranger who said "Thank you" and I said "Uh huh" and then my non-American girlfriend who was with me looked at me in horror. I explained to her what it means, but it always sounds strange to her.
  • Hellalive 89
    That sales tax stuff confused the hell out of me. I spent the first day believing I was being scammed for being a foreigner 😂
  • Darrin Nunyah
    I was stationed in 7 foreign countries while in the U.S. military, and I often encountered a distorted view of American life. For example, some people were genuinely surprised to learn that murder and mayhem (not unlike 'The Purge'l were present on every street daily, and that we were all armed to the teeth walking around waiting for someone to piss us off so we could gun them down with zero repercussions. (Although I thought many of the same things about Amarican big city life while growing up in a small town). One Italian man had the impression that every city had hundreds of dead every single night, bodies stacked like wood at dawn on every corner. I was so enraged, I shot him.

    Just kidding...
  • Jimmy Firecracker
    One common thing I kept hearing when I was in Germany was that the Germans wanted to visit the US and 'drive' from New York to L.A. to Miami in a week. What was more amazing was when I told them that a trip like that would take closer to 3 or 4 weeks if they planned to sleep and make stops, they thought I was greatly exaggerating.
  • Lord Drakkon 7367
    It really is nice to hear positive things about the U.S. For once
  • Dom
    I thought it was pretty funny when my British friend started to panic because he "forgot his passport", when we were crossing into another state.
  • I'd also mention the fact have US flags literally everywhere is a common occurrence. My wife, who is Japanese, was taken back by this, because over here in Japan almost nobody except really, REALLY right wing folks fly a Japanese flag outside their house.
  • hotwire96
    These are the things I've found from going to the US as an Australian (which you'd think would be pretty similar).
    1. Americans are very talkative, excitable and interested in where you're from and what you're doing, especially in the service industry which you'll be seeing a lot of as a tourist. For an Australian, this was pretty overwhelming compared to our more relaxed attitude, but if you're talkative back they'll appreciate it.
    2. Work out the tipping system before you arrive. It's pretty simple but you just don't want to embarrass yourself the first place you arrive to. Especially when to tip and not, not just restaurants, includes taxis, bellhops, valets, concierges etc.
    3. Be polite. Swearing and having a 'surly' attitude isn't as accepted in the USA as in Australia or even Europe when talking to others. If you seem excited and like you're having a good time the chances are the locals will try their best to make it even more enjoyable and engaging for you. Americans are incredibly friendly and even though I haven't been there many times, I can remember multiple occasions while in America when the locals were very friendly, generous, and welcoming, even in large cities and in non-touristy settings.
  • andyinpa1
    One thing I would tell visitors to the US is don’t be shocked at the enormous food portions in restaurants. It depends on the restaurant, but many meals are large enough to feed 2 or 3 people. It’s common and perfectly acceptable to ask for a to go bag when leaving a US restaurant.
  • Trident3849
    Don't get offended if somebody asks you about your profession or where you work, it's a real common question here, and an easy conversation starter that we use.
  • Chris BeerGuy
    Another big DON’T as an addendum to the “no politics” rule, don’t talk about race. It’s a very politically charged topic in the US. We are one of the most racially diverse nations on the planet. Just don’t talk about it, unless you are ready to start an argument or offend someone. In my experience, most Europeans don’t realize how divisive the topic of race can be in America.

    It’s only gotten worse in recent years, unfortunately. This is just as true on far-left college campuses as it is in rural Trump country. People have very strong opinions on these matters, and it’s probably best to just leave it alone if you’re a visitor to our country.
  • I’m an American: I approve all the things he said... I really agree with the “don’t touch kids” one..
  • Malia M.
    Many states in the midwest test tornado sirens once a month, so it's good to check the siren schedule before you visit an area so you're not alarmed if you hear them.
  • Bigmike.v1
    I am American. Personal space is one of the most important on this list. I was actually shocked to hear that not all countries value their personal space like we do. Also the metric system, no one but scientists know it here.
  • Peter Jaro
    This is so true... the first time I came to the US I visited a friend in San Antonio. He took mr around for 2 weeks going to the mountains, the beach, big cities, small towns... places that looked like Germany and other that looked like Mexico. I felt I had been around all of the US, but we hadn't even left the state!!!! THATS when I understood how big the US really is.
  • JNEGRON2001
    TIP: The US is mostly a cashless society. 95% of the businesses will take debit/ credit cards. It is safer for travelers. It is actually recommended you carry no more than $100 on you in cash.
  • War Damn Fishing
    In the south, it isn't uncommon to actually answer the greetings 'How are you' or 'How's it going', that's actually a don't for southerners when we travel to other regions. It's a genuine question in the south a lot of times, while also being a greeting. People in the south talk a lot, and with total strangers.
  • Daxota_
    Don't cut Americans off on the Highway. You will lose your life
  • MP
    I'm a 16 year old kid who has lived in America every second of my life and can confirm this is accurate, I like learning about life in other countries and always find it interesting how other people view the U.S. One thing that you shouldn't do is discuss politics, people are very divided between the left and the right, and people will end friendships over contradictory beliefs.