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Visit America – The DON’Ts of Visiting The USA


Hey there fellow travelers mark here with Wolters world and today we’re in Mystic Connecticut in a beautiful place here in the US and today what we have for you are the don’ts a visit in the US because Anywhere you go in the world. There’s things you should do, but there’s also things you shouldn’t do and this video is gonna Just cover the US In general okay? And our first don’t for when you visit the US is don’t touch the Americans. Look Americans really like their personal space it’s like they have a bubble around them, and if you get too close to them they Feel very very very very uncomfortable, okay, so make sure you give them a little distance when you are there You know cuz I know when I go to Italy and Spain and stuff good mark How’s it going on this stuff and my American friends sometimes go wow they’re really really affectionate like that’s just how it is Here space is key the second don’t I have for you is don’t count on public transportation look when we were in China And we were in throughout Europe in South America We took buses and trains and planes and all kinds of stuff to get all over the place because public transport has really developed Here in the US you cannot count on public transport to get you a lot of places Yes in big cities like New York and Chicago and stuff like that. You can get around for the public transport It’ll take you where you want to go, but a lot of towns small towns Especially in middle sized cities the public transportation networks are not very good and at night sometimes was not very safe So that is kind of a frustrating thing, so yes, you’re gonna probably have to rent a car when you come here, okay? So just have a heads up for that and that kind of leads into the next don’t I have for you as that is Don’t underestimate the size of the US the United States. It’s you know continental US is like continental Europe. It’s huge I mean
Would you think of driving from I wanna do you know go to from Lisbon to Paris and then go up to Tallinn and then? I’m gonna head down to Sofia. No you’re like that is insanely far. It’s the same thing when you come to the U.S. I meet a lot of travelers that are like oh I’m gonna fly in it New York grab a car drive down to Miami to see Miami Beach, then head over to LA I’m like dude you get two weeks. Here’s from the entire time in cars the distances here are Insane so what I recommend is picking a region so all we’re gonna stay here in New England and see New England what we’re gonna go in the Southeast you know go to Atlanta Savannah and Charleston things like that or or visit the West Coast you do that to give better idea of the culture there and things like that but also it suggests the logistics things because it’s so far between the places and to go along with that for Americans a three to four hour drive. That’s a day trip like my parents of three hours away I will literally get up go drive have lunch with my mom and then drive back home Just for lunch six hours in the car. No big deal. It’s about seven hours. We start to think hmm That kind of is a long drive, and we drive the entire way through okay This isn’t like oh, I must stop every two hours, and have a 15-minute break Oh no. No no no no we drive all the way through okay Now my next don’t for you when you come here Is don’t think that the sticker price is the end price Look in the US we have sales tax. I know other countries. They have VAT (value-added taxes) They’re already put into the price of products so when you see oh, it’s one dollar or one euro I only pay one euro in the US it is not like that We have sales tax so a certain percentage is added on to that product And the thing is I cannot tell you what the sales tax will be where you’re going to travel because it’s different everywhere cities, states, counties… Different products have different sales taxes and some products don’t have sales taxes some cities don’t have sales taxes some have 10% sales tax It can be different. Anywhere you go, so if you’re gonna go get your dollar menu Item at a McDonald’s or Culver’s or wherever it’s not gonna be a buck where I live now There’s two cities right by where I live one. It’s gonna be a dollar eight the other one It’s gonna be a dollar nine so be ready for that and it’s not just the sales tax also
There could be the tipping on top and that leads us into the fifth don’t and that is don’t Forget to tip look in the u.s. You tip fifteen to twenty percent at a sit-down restaurant. Okay, now McDonald’s stuff like that No, you don’t tip at a fast-food place But it’s a sit-down restaurant where they bring you your food and stuff like that you will tip them fifteen to twenty percent if you Are in a group of six people or more sometimes they automatically put the gratuity on there? Which sometimes to be 18 percent or something like that look when you come to the u.s.? There’s a reason why the food is like so affordable like wow it’s cheap to go out eat in the US It’s because there’s kind of this Understanding that the service fees and paying for the workers and the waitresses and stuff like that that goes on to you the person eating There with the tips so the food and stuff can be cheaper when you go out to eat And I know a lot of people say I don’t believe in tipping another tip it isn’t the right thing they should pay their people More, well if you want to pay more for your food they can do that, but they don’t okay? So tipping is something we do do here in the US so do tip that 15 to 20 percent Oh, also if you’re at a bar and you’re buying drinks you’re gonna want to tip a couple dollars here and there Otherwise the bartender might not be too quick to come back and get you your next drink So falling off of those tips what you need to realize is our next don’t is Don’t be freaked out by the over-the-top service and free stuff you sometimes get in the u.s. Look because of tipping and commissions and stuff like that yes There is a lot of over-the-top service here, but the thing is in the US that people actually are pretty nice And they want to help people and sometimes for some travelers if they come from countries Where people don’t get a lot of service sometimes it can be a bit much so don’t freak out about it Also with that is don’t be freaked out with some of the free stuff you get when you go to Restaurants look if you go to a restaurant they bring you bread and water or chips and salsa and all those really good things That’s included in your meal. Okay, so if you’re gonna be buying something They’re gonna give you some free stuff It might be some bread it might be a salad it might be a you know water might be something like that So don’t be like shocked with like wait. I didn’t order this bread I didn’t order this salad oh, no that comes with your meal, okay Now the thing is though you can’t just go in and get chips and salsa and walk out all right You actually have to order some food when you go there now. Now, my next don’t for you. Is don’t smoke cigarettes in the u.s. If you’re smoking cigarettes in the U.S. People will look at me like you’re trying to kill their, baby Cigarettes is like totally “Verboten” (Forbidden) like people really frown upon it which is funny because when they talk about marijuana and stuff like that people don’t seem to care As much, but cigarettes, oh, you’re trying to kill my baby with that cigarette two blocks away so if you do smoke make sure you try to find a place where you can smoke because a lot of restaurants or pretty much all restaurants Hotel stuff like that have smoke free its smoke free so you got to go like 15 to 20 feet away from doing things So that can be something so I’ve come here outside my favorite liquor store to give you the next don’t and that is Don’t try to buy alcohol unless you’re 21 or Cigarettes unless you’re 18 or over in the u.s. They will not sell them to you and the thing is don’t forget your ID because if you look like you’re 40 or under They may ask you for that and don’t get mad at them because they don’t ask they could get in trouble and get fined So don’t be surprised because we’ve had friends that have come here tried to buy alcohol and like sorry You don’t look old enough Oh, I don’t have my ID too bad, and the thing is it’s not just a person buying they might ask anybody with you So make sure everybody has their ID if they want to buy liquor or they want to but well they weren’t buy alcohol Or if they want to buy cigarettes so just FYI on that one Oh, that’s also another don’t have for you is don’t bother with the metric system when you come here We don’t use meters. We don’t use kilometers. We don’t use liters. It is inches, feet, miles, gallons pounds things like that and I’ll put a conversion chart here to show you but Honestly you may say how far is it to this next town, and they’ll tell you oh, it’s like 60 miles You’re like what’s that? 60 miles? It’s about a hundred kilometers Okay, so just do that because the people here won’t get it I mean I have people but not some oh, it’s 100 meters away like a hundred meters. It’s like a hundred yards Okay, so make sure you do know your Imperial system Okay, because metric – We don’t do that so much here, so we’re next don’t is when you do come at the US There’s a couple things you don’t talk about okay? One is gun control and two is Politics because no matter where you are you will get people on either side of the spectrum And they will have an argument with you, so it’s best just to lay off those topics talk about the weather Oh wouldn’t it be nicer if it was sunny today. We’ll even go sailing yes That would be much better than discussing gun control or politics. Just putting that one out there for you right now Now my next hope for you Is don’t assume that all the US and all the Americans are the same, so I know a lot of people say Oh, you’re a typical American. What’s like saying you’re a typical European look the U.S. Has all kinds of different cultures all kinds of different people all kinds of different Topography and scenery and stuff like that and when you come here. Don’t assume. It’s all the same You will see regional differences in cuisines, and how people treat each other, and how everything looks all kinds of stuff So don’t just think there’s just one kind of American. They’re all fat. Sloppy guys with ponytails No, there’s actually a lot of skinny people in America too. Not just fat guys like me and my buddy Jeff There are those so don’t assume it’s all the same all right, so do go out and explore And that’s why I always say is if you’re gonna come to the U.S. go and explore different regions because you’ll get a really different feel because going to the southeast and seeing the the plantation homes and going to see that the southern towns down there versus going to the northwest and Seattle and Portland or going to San Francisco or go to the Midwest with Chicago and Milwaukee you’re gonna have a very different feel Which is really a cool thing to do and you start to understand this Wow the U.S. does have a lot of different cultures within it a lot of different feelings when you go around here and Following on with that. I guess I would say another don’t is don’t assume There’s no culture in the US because there are a lot of Cultural centers out there if you go down to New Orleans you see a very rich culture there you go to New York or Boston Here in New England you have a very distinct culture in the Midwest with Chicago Milwaukee you go to the west coast I mean there’s a lot of different culture here Historic culture with the Native Americans or more recent culture here. I mean you have all that here You can really take in and saying there’s no culture in the U.S. it’s not really true because there are all these different cultural centers with great museums like the artists to to Chicago or the Met in New York the Getty in LA there’s all kinds of stuff you can see and do when you are here for a cultural trip It’s not just eating beautiful landscapes and seascapes like we are here in Connecticut There’s a lot more to it than that now. My next don’t for you It’s one that I kind of got a lot of questions about we actually have a video on this and then that is Don’t think that how are you or? How is it going is actually a question look when we say how’s it going? How you how are you these kind of things in the u.s.. It’s not a question. It’s a statement It’s like saying hi, okay Just take it as a hi because a lot of people say this everyone asked me how I’m doing When I try to tell them what I’m how I’m feeling they’re like what I was just saying how are you here? How are you is just hi think of it that way it’s like in France Saiva say that is it? How’s it going? How’s it going? We’re good to go in Portuguese to the vein everything good you answer back to Devane everything good It’s just how are you? How are you you move on okay? So don’t think it’s an actual All right now another don’t I have for you is don’t expect a lot at the fancy hotels. You know you’re thinking Oh, I’m gonna pay more money for this hotel I’m probably to get nicer stuff like a nicer breakfast better Wi-Fi Oh no No
No for some reason in the US it seems like the nicer the hotel the more you have to pay for the things you think Would be free like Wi-Fi and Breakfast So don’t feel like you have to stay at the fancy hotels because honestly if you’re gonna be going out and exploring You just need a couple beds right so stay at the hotels in the US and the cheaper ones will give you free Wi-Fi Free breakfasts all these kind of things which is really nice, so don’t Expect that from the fancy hotels another don’t I have for you is don’t skip out on the local food look We’re here in New England Connecticut. We’ve been having Lobster and clams and oh my god No England clam chowder. Oh my tummy is just like no Mama, it’s fantastic when I’m in the South man southern fried chicken mac and cheese barbecue. Oh my god The food and the different regions in the US are great So don’t just go to chain restaurants when you go to your hotel ask them Hey, put some local restaurants around here with some locally owned and operated restaurants So you can go there and check out those places because they really give you a great experience And I find a lot of times those ones actually have better service than the chain restaurants because it’s a mom-and-pop Place where the owners the ones helping you out And that is really kind of a cool thing now my next stone for you. Is don’t get sick look health care in the US is Insanely expensive and just because you come from another country doesn’t mean they’re not gonna find you for the bill alright So if you’re gonna be coming here make sure you get travel insurance or trip insurance so in case you do get sick or you Do break an ankle or you do break an arm or something happens to you your insurance will cover it now you might have to pay it first near insurance pays you back, but least you’ll get something back because Health care here in the U .S. Is insanely expensive Okay So make sure you prepare for that and I guess by last don’t I’m gonna have for you is one that People actually got mad at me for where I lived in other countries when I told them the U.S. Has 50 states and they said no the US has 52 states look don’t think the US has 52 states the US has 50 states okay, just just a heads up on that one I’m sure people got a comment dang down below that when I was in school. They told me 52 no There’s 48 on the mainland and then Alaska and Hawaii are 49 and 50 all right So those are our don’ts for visiting the US. What are some of the don’ts you have for the U.S. Because I know there’s more out there. I just want to get some of these out there to help out travelers Heading to the US just so we can get things going anyway If you like videos like this we have stuff on what the don’ts of going to Russia The don’ts of going to Germany the don’ts of you know going to Brazil and things like that and we really like helping travelers with Honest travel advice so if you like this video do click that subscribe button it means a lot to us And we put new travel videos out every Wednesday and Saturday to help great travelers Just like you so I’ll say bye from Connecticut and have a great time in the U.S. Because don’t worry, you will. It’s a fantastic place

Yvette Parker

100 Comments

  1. When meeting an American it’s considered polite to ask their opinion about Trump, LGBT issues, and religion. It’s considered good form to disagree with all their points, whatever side they take in every issue. Americans are also charmed when meeting strangers when those strangers offer a kiss on the lips – it is thought to display old world charm. Americans also like being reminded about the humility we should all hold, so when visiting an American’s home remember to frequently remark about how cheap and secondhand their home, clothing, and food seem to be.

    Also, dogs are considered pests here, so if you see a dog in a public place try and either kill it or loudly chase it away with a stick or some sort of blunt striking object.

  2. Ok start off if I ever go to America why would I touch a stranger

  3. I live in America and quite a lot of this is very true things you don't think about much. Good video and great for people who are going to visit.

  4. The #1 thing that, unfortunately was not mentioned, is that if you are thinking of coming to America. Just don't do it. It's dangerous here for foreigners.

  5. Hahahahahahaha I like that picture that says "Don't drink and drive. U get free handcuffs." 🤣🤣

  6. i'll visit US when they approach 21st century and start using metric system 😀

  7. Ask a European how many countries Europe has…
    Have fun Americans, go get them

  8. Great. IF you´re fat and ugly, goto www.herbalife.com – no hunger, no jojo-effect. Happy days to come. 😉

  9. The tipping and sales tax is silly. Tipping is its for exceptional service, not to make up for lame wages. And if they can't even bother to have uniform taxes, they should be included as well.

  10. Ah yeah, I think I’m gonna land down in New York, rent a car, go down see Miami for a week, then I’ll catch a train down to California and stay in a hotel for a week. 😂😂

  11. American here. We have the best restaurant. Find an Olive Garden. You won't regret it. If you're from Italy it'll be just like you're home.

  12. One thing I notice is that foreign people who come to my work in a fast food place they want to tip everyone for everything .
    Remember to just tip people in restaurants where you sit and order from your table .

  13. I live in Canada, and always in America you are right transportation is a issue.
    One thing I will say every state is like a new country. Every state is so different.
    I love the museums and other added attractions for historical references. Also, I love American patriotism having a lot of flags all over. Sometimes, I wish we can do the same.

  14. I thought it was about the whole continent.. Well.. disappointed it's only about a shithole country

  15. Don't do anything iligal in usa… Exepet carry a gun and shoot who ever u want thats totally legal there

  16. If you visit the U.S. don’t touch other people’s kids like a head pat or something, you’ll probably get in a fight or have police/security called on you

  17. If you're driving or walking somewhere and the police pull you over or stop you, don't do anything. Wait for them to tell you what they want or if you're in a car just sit and put the window down. Anything else could be mistaken as a confrontation.

  18. Do you now the half of the things you said is in every part of the eu the most things are smoking and tipping

  19. I travel the world for work! I'm totally saving this video to send to the people I meet that want to visit the States!

  20. Say please & thank you! I used to work retail in LA & rarely heard it from foreigners

  21. wait people from other countries are actually taught the US has 52 states?

  22. good video. I traveled in the US for a month and really like it. But this with the taxes that you add on after is kinda annoying…makes it just harder for everyone and you still have to pay the taxes in the end so would it not be easier just to put the "real price" (cost+taxes) on directly?
    The imperial units are even worse. I mean can anyone give a logical reason for keeping them? it´s annoying to have to change from one system to another of course. But in the long run would it not be better for everyone to have an international system? and the SI system is more logical so wouldn't it be better to change it to that? especially since almost everyone else already uses it.. feels like USA is probably losing out on not changing.. we live in more and more global world and you are using a system no one else is. just saying..

  23. Lol I live in America and I have no idea why I watched it anyway 😅 sending love from Colorado ❤

  24. Many foreign friends have visited here 0 times since Trump was elected. Sad. Don't vote for Trump!!!

  25. I like your ron flor de caña shirt straight out of nicaragua

  26. One thing travelers should take into consideration is don’t immediately jump into activity if you’re going to be here for a week or two maybe even longer, you should rest after the flight cause of the time zone difference it gets the best of all of us and you’re going to be tired so even a quick nap would suffice.

  27. Honestly the biggest don't of visiting america is wearing a MAGA hat

  28. Great tip: Don't act like a normal human in blue states. If you refer to someone by their actual gender (male/female) you might be violently attacked

  29. Isn’t it illegal to cross the road at certain places in America too?

  30. & even when engaging in friendly conversation, keep ya distance.

  31. I was born in the us and I love her and Americacans are very picky another thing is if your not from a country were you drive on the right side of the road either get a lift or Uber or ask a mentor to drive you around

  32. A very common complaint about sales tax is complaining about having to figure it out yourself. You don't. Just bring more money. We don't even do it ourselves

  33. "Dude, you're gonna spend your entire time in cars!"

    LA: Am I a joke to you?

  34. When driving in the US, the right lane is for cruising, the left is for passing

  35. We (USA) are literally the most multicultural country in the world due to our long history of immigrants coming in from around the world.

  36. Don't forget to rent a GPS for your car rental, because road signs show road numbers and not destinations … most of the time

  37. The food is not cheap…..and tbh it was aggravating how they expect a tip

  38. We use metric all the time in the U.S., it's just not standard. Money is fully metric with dollars split into cents. We buy 2 liters of soda, 750 ml of wine, 3.5 mm headphone jacks, 5 mg of medication, 5k runs, grams of drugs, etc.

  39. Tipping the wait staff in restaurants is customary, but if you see a tip jar in a fast food restaurant, 7-Eleven, Starbucks (or any coffee house), sandwich shop (Togo's, Subway), etc, you are NOT required to tip and I recommend you not put any money in those jars. Tacky af! Also, you do not tip the owners of a business, i.e. eating at a one-man operation as the owner benefits directly from your patronage.

  40. the one thing I'll tell my foreign friends is that imperial measurements help with larger distances in relation to time compared to metric

  41. Have this conversation prepared before you come to America
    A: How’s your day been?
    B: I’m good how are you?
    A: I’m good!
    B: That’s good!
    (Never say that you are having a bad day)

    It then may be followed up with more

    Weather:
    A: I’m so glad it finally warmed up outside!
    B: I know, it was awfully cold this winter
    (Cont. With more small talk)

    Elevator:
    A: So where are you from?
    B: I’m from xyz
    A:That’s so cool! Are you enjoying it here?
    B:Of course I just went to blah blah yesterday
    (Cont. version 1)
    A: Oh I’ve been there have you tried the lobster shrimp? (Or no I haven’t was it good?)
    Etc…
    (Cont. version 2)
    B: So, Where are you from
    A: I’m from so-an-so
    B: No way! I’ve been there (I’ve never traveled there but want to) or (what made you travel all the way out here?)

    If your standing in line, anywhere be prepped to chat

    Cashiers and waiters/waitresses, it’s basically part of there job to be friendly and talkative to customers, so be prepped.

    Basically, we will force you to have a conversation with us!!!!! There’s no escaping!!!!! 😈

    AND MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL!!!!
    Enjoy yourself 😉

  42. After an entire year this video is still being recommended to me I do not understand and also #1 are you saying it’s normal in other places to be less than 6 inches from people when talking with them?

  43. I went to the bus stop once 15 min early and turns out it had already left so I had to wait for the next one two hours later. So yea our public transport sucks

  44. Public transport? How about Uber and driving and taxis? Americans are the only ones who drive 12 hours straight without stopping??? NEVER TALK ABOUT POLITICS UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET HURT OR THREATENED OR YELELD AT OR SHAMED FOR YOUR OPINIONS

  45. I know this is a happy happy channel but "Don't go anywhere near a black neighborhood" should be top of the list and have 2 entries.

  46. Don't go in the black neighborhoods. Especially if you're white or Asian. It's not safe.

  47. So true lol. My friend wanted to go to America and was like we will drive from New York to California. He was shocked when he looked up how long it is. Because In England u can go from Manchester in the north to London In the south in around 5 hours so people think its same for American cities but no way

  48. Bonus tip: unless you're at a flea market, do NOT attempt to barter or negotiate the prices of things. No, the sticker price is not the final price because we do have sales tax, but unless you're at a flea market or yard sale, bartering and arguing prices here is VERY rude. The employees don't get to choose the pricing, and they can't lower the prices, either. The item will be sold for the price it is marked at (plus sales tax).

  49. the major thing he missed is no jay walking! THE STREETS ARE FOR CARS. SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE. in some places if you arent in a crosswalk you will get honked at or hit and its your fault. bike rules vary by state so ask!!

  50. My husband and I are listening to this while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, which is a 5 hour drive – more if there is traffic! Yes, as Americans, we drive straight through!

  51. I disagree about "How are you?" There are class and regional differences about how that expression is meant. It also depends on how well you know the person. The expression is actually quite culturally complex. If a friend is asking, you give them the full honest truth. "I'm not feeling well. I've been constipated for three days." If you're in Boston the expression is a quick "Hiowahya?" , it just means "Hi. Get lost." The proper reply is a reciprocal "Hiowahya?", then get lost. If you're in San Francisco, people probably do want to know how you are even if you're a stranger. "Great" means really good, "good" means good. "I'm fine" maybe not so good. "Okay" with falling intonation, not good. Also, people of middle classes may prefer to hide behind their big fake white smiles and not reveal what they are thinking or feeling so the banality of the standard answers given renders the question meaningless, whereas people of lower and upper classes might answer the question truthfully and so the question is a genuine inquiry. These are generalizations, of course, but useful generalizations for exhibiting the variety of meaning that the expression can have. For travelers who do not understand the subtleties, your recommendation is probably good. I would just like to point out that it isn't always just a greeting. Often people really do want to know how your day is going because it helps them to know how to interact with you.

    I really enjoy your videos. Thank you!

  52. There are places in every city that tourists should never go to. If the place looks like a war zone, it is. Stay on the major street and keep driving, don't stop for directions. 😨😱 Most people are friendly and love meeting people from other countries. After all, that's where we came from.

  53. If in New York City and need help looking for something, or need advice, They will point you in the right direction. NYC police are very helpful and very polite.

  54. In maine we use time instead of distance just so you know 😂 "its 3 hours away, I have no idea how far" if you want a rural experience come visit !

  55. People still smoke. It is becoming more taboo. But it definitely still happens. Different states are more lenient too.

  56. there is a stereotype of Americans always chatting up strangers and while it does happen more often than in many European countries (for example) don't think everyone always wants to chat. Even I sometimes am simply not in a talking mood. although if you would like directions or suggestions for food or fun, most people are happy to help.

  57. oh and about the "how are you?" stuff: context matters. if your American friend asks you that right after you meet up it's ok to say not very good or whatever you're feeling (you can say whatever you want man). if a stranger asks, he/she is just being polite, but an alternate response i often hear or say myself is "it's one of those days" or "it's going" (in response to how's it going) or even just "yuh know" with an added facial expression which implies you're not having the best of days. you don't HAVE to be positive, we simply ARE positive and optimistic (for the most part).

  58. "recent culture here" shows an european painting

    I know America has culture, but come on man, it's not too much compared to other countries

  59. I love in the U.S. But things I never knew like how far we drive becuse me my family drove all the way from Florida to Washington state

  60. At 10:05, I believe that’s the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs Florida that has a vibrant Greek culture. Awesome place.

  61. I love how he makes us Americans sound like wild animals with the first don’t 😹

  62. My addition is if you are driving or walking keep to the right side of the path and when driving on a multilane road slower traffic stays to the right if you are in the left lane and someone is right behind you you need to get over 1 lane and let them pass

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