Visit USA - 10 Culture Shocks Foreign Tourists Have When They Visit America

Published 2016-11-07
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Visiting the United States of America Can Be an Awe Inspiring Fun Time, from the friendly people to the amazing sights, but it can also be shockingly crazy as well when you see the amount of food you get at restaurants and free refills until you have soda coming out of your eyes! Whether visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City or wandering the Grand Canyon and gambling in Las Vegas to having family fun traveling and visiting Disney World in Florida, there are many things that will SHOCK a tourists when they visit the US. This is our list of 10 things that shock tourists when they visit America.
Filmed in Springfield, IL, Las Vegas, NV, Tampa, FL, Boston, MA & on the Banks of the Muddy Mississippi River.
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All Comments (21)
  • Brooke Thomas
    this guys makes me, an American, want to travel to America
  • Clay Soggyfries
    I feel bad for any European that thinks they can go on expeditions in New York, Florida, and California in the same day while traveling in a car 😂
  • GhostGirl
    I'm honestly shocked that foreigners think we're so friendly and nice I genuinely assumed people were just like that in most places
  • Harrison Enyeart
    Can we just appreciate he filmed this whole video across the entire country!!
  • Lisha Fairbairn
    As an American I was shocked when I went to Europe and we never got ice with our drinks! In the US you almost always have ice in every drink.
    Also, you can't go anywhere without seeing an American flag. On my 30 minute drive to school I see probably about 40+ flags. I was stopped at a stoplight once and decided to count the flags I could see. I counted 6. They are everywhere.

    Also, to anyone thinking about visiting the US, come visit the Midwest! Everyone overlooks us, but we have some amazing things to see! The North Shore of Lake Superior, Duluth and its lift bridge, the Twin Cities, Wisconsin dells, the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (largest mall in America), the Mississippi's source in Itasca state park, Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota and the black hills, the Badlands, the list goes on and on. Plus, we are really friendly!
  • Sérgio
    I’ve been to the US many times and it is all true! Many people don’t like the USA because of politics, but don’t let it fool you, people. America is a great country and Americans are a great people, it is impossible not to fall in love with them! God Bless America and thanks for the video! Hoping to visit this amazing nation again as soon as possible! 🇧🇷❤️🇺🇸
  • Just Azax
    Canned Cheese is disgusting...
    And as an American many Americans agree with me
  • WienGolf
    I‘m Austrian and I‘ve been to many places in the US within many years. It was funny and true what you said about a European in America in the video.
    The sizes 😲
    The service 😍
    The tipping 🤪
    The public transport 🧐
    The patriotism 🇦🇹🇺🇸
    The friendliness 🥰
    The food 👌
    The freedom 🤠
    Some strange customs 😳
    Great sports 🙃
    Great shopping 🥳
    Great museums 🤓
    I love your country!
  • Caius Marius
    My first shock when I visited the USA was that it’s basically impossible to walk a few hundred meters in a small town, because almost every car stops and asks if they should give me a ride.
  • Peter Apsey
    As an Aussie the distance was nothing. In 3 weeks we did LA to SF via Yosemite, flew to NY and drove to Niagara falls, Flew to Denver and did Pike's Peak after lunch in the afternoon. Then drove to the Black Hills of SD, down through Grand Junction, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, to San Diego and back to LA. What an awesome trip and yes I was surprised by the service the workers gave so I had no problem giving the tips (quite a few I double tipped because they were so good at their job). Yes, the people were great to deal with. The tipping system really does promote workers that want to give their best. Sorry but speeding wasn't an issue - most time I was travelling around 100mph and no trouble from the police - it was great. In Australia we have more speed camera's than traffic lights. Best service and place we ate out at - Bubba Gumps at times square - worst place and only bad place we ate out at - Wendy's at Buffalo NY. Absolutely had the best road trip in the USA. The worst part of the trip was returning to Australia to way too many greedy selfish people who do not value their employment. Can't wait to go do another road trip in the USA again. Great scenery, great people, great place for a holiday (Shame it is now being ruined by the Democrats😒).
  • andrew partin
    I feel bad for the foreigners just driving through the us and being like "Dammit, another god damn Taco Bell"
  • When I lived in France for a few months 30 years ago, one of my reverse culture shocks was our size. Good grief we are big people. As much as I learned to appreciate other cultures from living abroad, it made me more proud to be American.
    I do think we are getting less friendly now though, which is sad.
  • mazzalnx
    I've visited the U.S. for two weeks and tried to pack into schedule as much as I could. Most of the people I met were absolutely lovely. You could trace my travel route as a rough triangle from MD, to OH, then NC. In these two weeks, I did not have a single meal twice on any restaurant or restaurant chain, and I'm certain I didn't even scratch the surface on the variety you can find there. Root beer is awesome. I brought some on the trip home and my friends said it tasted like toothpaste but ** them. I drove, I flew (man, Southwest pilots are actually rally pilots on the tarmac, they taxi 800% faster than any other airline I've flown, the planes even lean), I walked, I petted awesome doggos, I stayed at actual people's homes as a guest, I read up on legislation and courtesy well beforehand. The thing that caught me the MOST off-guard was being yelled at when walking into a Five Guys restaurant. I know it was a welcome, but geez, that could give any lone tourist a heart attack! (I was alone that day...)

    Hate the tipping system but tipped fairly everywhere I went, even hotel staff I never got to see (left them thank-you notes and weird international chocolate, as well as the tip, for the cleaners). The hardest part was actually getting $5 and $1 bills to actually be able to tip! Nobody seemed to have change, haha. Twenties seemed to be the norm. I only saw a SINGLE $10 note and didn't even use it -- I keep it to this day, as some sort of pink unicorn...


    Tag price vs. taxed price? Meh... You kind of just get used to it, I guess. I did.

    A server in a restaurant asked for my ID when buying alcohol. I didn't carry my passport on me for fear of losing it or being robbed (yeah, habit forms when you live in a violent country) so I was only carrying my own country's driver's license and the geneva International Driver's Licence thingy (which is all you technically need to legally drive in the US if you're from a member country in that agreement)... Our driver's licenses are printed in PAPER and the server was just befuzzled, the DOB wasn't even in the normal US format. He paused for a second looking at it, then simply said "holy hell I'll just start counterfeiting these and get rich!" -- it was just a laugh for my friends and everyone around.

    "Free" nachos, ice water and salsa upon arrival at a Mexican restaurant also slightly scared me. I was on a tight budget. That kind of thing is DEFINITELY charged in my country and EXPENSIVE, to boot. At special occasions I do indulge on some Ciabattas + Olive oil as an appetizer, but that costs about US$10 where I live. Bread and oil. And that's when they don't charge it per person on the table...

    Seeing Vodka being sold in Walgreens in OH also looked pretty bizarre. Found it while looking for non-freezing washer fluid for my rental car. SO MUCH SALT ON THE ROADS. Then again, it probably kept me alive and not-upside-down in the middle of winter. My country never goes under freezing temperatures so we just stick plain water in there. People with older cars also just stick plain tap water on their radiator system... Rusts everything to hell...

    On cars. Everything's automatic and it felt like driving a Playstation instead of a car. Damn I miss being allowed to turn on a red traffic light to this day. It's such common sense. Even the Brits (calling on Clarkson here) admit it! But. My friend was absolutely shocked at me when I didn't STOP at a stop sign in a suburban, empty, deserted area. I'm a very careful driver that never speeds or does anything reckless, but that was just unacceptable! She yelled at me! I did read about driving rules there, but hey... We have red stop signs in my country. But they basically mean 'yield with extra caution' -- if noone's coming the other way, just coast right through! NO COP here would ever give you trouble for that.

    Sorry for the long rant! Have an imaginary banana.
  • JumbalayahJihad
    People often cannot discern the boundaries between being Patriotic or Nationalistic in the U.S.
    Pro Tip: Don't debate or discuss political views in public as some Americans will mistakenly interpret them as a personal attack on their beliefs
  • ies
    the size difference is incomprehandable, as a European. I was in Tucson, Arizona last year and had to go to Salt Lake City, Utah for a family emergency. my first thought was ; "I'll just rent a car and drive, it can't be longer than Amsterdam - Paris!"
    until I checked and saw it was over 11 hours, 775 miles. way too long for me to drive on my own in a foreign country!
    the sales tax is very frustrating when visiting the US for the first time. when looking at something in a store, I see it like "oh, it's $45, so it's like €45 after taxes gets added"
    I could write a book about those differences, being a 25y/o Dutch woman, having American relatives.
  • Dubletar
    Every state is DIFFERENT! Every state is like its own country! Every state has its own history, its own culture!
  • B L A S T
    I'll never forget when I took one of my good friends back home to the US for the first time and he was so shocked (in a good way) at how many strangers made small talk with us. I've found the extraversion and confidence that lots of Americans have can be very useful abroad (even if it rubs some people the wrong way), it will instantly make you the life of the party
  • MrShitfire xxx
    Dont sell us short on the metric system. We use it all the time when it comes to drugs
  • Tsrif Tsal
    like .01% of Americans eat spray cheese on a regular basis.
  • I'm a Korean American but I go to Thailand every year for two months at a time. One thing that always shocks people is when I tell them that there are a lot of poor and homeless people in America. Everyone assumes it's just this country where there is absoloutley nothing to do with poverty.