Visit America – The DON’Ts of Visiting The USA

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

100 thoughts on “Visit America – The DON’Ts of Visiting The USA

  1. Shun pike, not Interstates. In Miami, don't assume that the guy pulling you over is a cop. Every city has a no-go zone: be aware.

  2. HAHAHAHA people in the US were often shocked when I started talking about my day when they asked 'how are you?'. Followed by me being offended that they're awkward about me responding. :/ Truly baffling until I understood that people there don't consider it a question.

  3. I do not worry about anything as i do not think i could to get a visa to go there so i am enjoying England very much! Have a nice day !

  4. first of all, lot of people in the U.S.A smoke cigarettes. its not as frowned upon as you say. and also, you say you cant understand how marijuana is not frowned upon…because it can't kill you…cigarettes can.

  5. I live in San Diego County and public transportation has always been pretty reliable except for a one-time when the bus pass me at a bus stop.

  6. I'm from Phoenix Arizona and I wouldn't depend on public transportation to get you around but she could get around with public transportation in Phoenix.

  7. It's crazy because about 20 years ago tobacco used to be really huge in America and since the campaign's to get rid of smoking it really has changed a lot in the United States.

  8. Don't talk politics or religion because people don't want to have those conversations. If they do L get heated and you might get into an argument and a fight and blood may be drawn.

  9. I hate the how are you statement. I mean I prefer if people say hello. Don't ask how I am if you really don't care how I am or you don't want to talk about how I am. Just say hello and say either good morning good afternoon good evening or good night.

  10. I hate when I get to the Taco Bell drive-thru and they asked me how's it going? I mean just thanked me for arriving and tell me to take my time and let me know when I'm ready to order. These greetings of how are you really get on my nerves.

  11. Hello Mr Wolters…How you doing today?Please i wanna to ask you How do you i know the duration of my stay in America note that the immigration officer at the airport did not tell me the duration of stay … Please if you know any website to check out the duration please send it to me and thank you very much for that great video

  12. Do not talk about Trump…. Trumptards will get extremely defensive and triggered when you talk about their "Emperor God King"… Trump is their "Messiah" aka "Mr Real News" ??????

  13. The US Don't do anything, it's illegal to do anything here. There's a reason most of our population is in jail. There's a sign on everything telling you how t enjoy your freedom.

  14. Don't walk around in certain parts of any big city , especially at night. Most of the gun violence you hear about is gang related [killing each other]. But there are certain areas where you could get robbed. Most crime is money motivated. People will be happy to tell you places to avoid.

  15. I heard it's probably best to avoid Democrat run cities and to some extent even states as they allow criminals to run free and they don't clean up their cities at all. I heard Texas is a great state but my parents visited San Francisco last year and they said it was filthy overcrowded and they just didn't feel safe.

  16. i really dont agree with the tipping culture there. They expect you to give them a tip as if it was part of the price youre paying. A tip should always be something optional and you shouldnt feel pressured to pay it. I also really dont like that the price you see is not what you pay

  17. this showed up in my recommendeds because I binge Wolters World whenever we've traveled someplace. Well, the travel money's all gone now, grateful for the memories but crap if this doesn't just—make me want to go somewhere real, real bad.

  18. Also to go along with the whole tipping thing, most restaurants in the US pay BELOW minimum wage. For example I worked at this place that I got payed 3.25 USD where as minimum wage in the state I live in is 8.25 USD. This is why tipping is important I usually only made like $30-40 checks so pls tip your server they don't make shit off their checks.

  19. Travelling to usa today from Sweden. Never been there and I'm really scared to offend and do things wrong. So thank you! (Also swedes also have the "dont touch the Americans")

  20. TIPS FROM THE VIDEO: SPECIFIED
    * Five states don't have sales tax here. Just go to those states if you aren't familiar with taxes.
    * You CAN tip if you want to. Most people do, just because servers don't get good wages, but if you're short on money then don't worry about it to much. You're not gonna kill that person's day ?
    * Um……you can smoke cigarettes. They're literally everywhere, just don't smoke it around kids or in a closed space where people have to breath it in. A lot of people don't like cigarettes, but they aren't going to super judge you for it. They might not approve, but there's always people who do it. Marijuana though is typically fine to most people.
    * Politics is a bad topic to talk about unless you're talking to a friend. Some people here are headstrong and love to argue. So just avoid it to be safe.
    * PLEASE don't stereotype us!!! I know what most foreign people hear, but not all of us are like that and not all of us eat bug hearty meals, a lot of calories, and not all of us are jerks. A lot of us are actually nice and have manners? we're curious about you too.
    * Unless you're talking to a friend, "how are you" is very similar to "hi". You can respond by saying "good, and you?" really quick, and they might say something like "I'm good" and move on. So if you're talking to a stranger and they say "how are you" you can say "good" and move on and it'll be fine

  21. As far as not touching the Americans, you are partly correct, however once you get to know people, for the most part, it is much different. I, personally, do like my personal space, though. When standing in queue, I like my space…Europeans are terrible about pushing up on you while waiting.

  22. “Your Typical American”
    It’s like Europe, trying to classify what are practically 50 countries into one entity.

  23. No no no no no I live in America and trust me most people at least where I live it’s if they had good service then we’ll tip a couple dollars but he’ll no I ain’t paying no 15-20%

  24. The price at the till in the UK can change too but it's usually a special offer, a one day offer or a reduction due to damage, so that fixed price thing here isn't always true and it's perfectly legal.
    You guys seem to hate vaping too.
    But you use decimal money, so why not use both systems like us Brits.
    Don't get mad if we make political jokes to each other or talk amongst ourselves about politics, we Brits like that subject along with the weather.
    But your portions are too big.
    Can you just self medicate from drug stores or are your pharmacist difficult to get stuff from?

  25. i've lived in the south my whole life so i'm not sure if this is necessarily the case anywhere else in the country, but while it is true that "hey how are you?" isn't an invitation to talk about your entire day or your life story, a simple, sincere "i'm well, how are you today?" will more often than not be appreciated. customer service people get shit on and dehumanized all day and a small, kind gesture like that will sometimes put a big smile on their face and possibly even start a small conversation. i've had more than a few interactions just in the past month with convenience store clerks and food service employees being genuinely appreciative that someone actually cared to ask them how they were doing.

  26. In Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington have raised to tobacco age to 21

  27. Stolen Culture from other countries. No culture in the U.S. that is truly American. Holidays are not American cultures. They are stolen ideas from other countries and religions. The only true culture is that of the Native Americans first people.

  28. I bet all those dislikes are for tipping. The people at these restaurants would literally have to change the LAW to get paid more than 5 bucks an hour. Tip your waitress and waiters. They deserve it. As for smoking? Mother fuckers don't own the air. Smoke if you want to. Tell them to suck your nuts or just act insane and they'll leave you be.

  29. I had a summer camp job in New England many years ago – the first meeting with the locals we were briefed on what NOT to say.
    For example – smokers were warned NOT to ask where they could get fags !!!
    Likewise anybody who wanted an early morning wake up call was advised NOT to request to be knocked up at a certain time !!!

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