Added by on August 29, 2018

The US can be a fun but confusing place to visit, especially with some of our quirky laws and cultural habits. This video is primarily meant to help travelers visiting America. However, it can also provide insight for Americans with family and friends visiting from abroad.

While there are a ton of unique aspects about the US, we focused on our top 8 items that we felt were important and likely to be experienced by a visitor.

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14 Comments

  • Julian Roper 7 months ago

    Having to write down on the bill the amount your paying for in restaurants when paying by card.

  • wow thank you for all this! 🙂 my husband and I are visiting America in 2 weeks!

  • Repicheep22 7 months ago

    A lot of visitors severely underestimate the size of the USA. If you plan on going to multiple places while in the States, try to schedule an entire day for travelling between destinations, especially if you're travelling between different states.

    Also, you will have to rent a car if you plan on staying for any length of time. Only a few major cities in the US have any sort of public transportation, and passenger trains are practically nonexistent. If you intend to go outside of major metro areas, you will need a vehicle of your own.

    Also of note: because the USA is so big, there are still places (particularly out West) with very limited cellphone service. You should be fine in any town or major roadway, but if you're going deep into undeveloped areas, prepare to lose cellphone service entirely.

  • turn all things to ash 7 months ago

    Some cities don't let you turn right on red. NYC only a few areas allow you to turn on red

  • TheRenaissanceman65 7 months ago

    Sales tax is THE big one of these that will surprise European visitors or anyone else coming from a country where it is included in the marked price by law. It certainly did that to my family first time. If you don't drive in the US (I never have when I've been there) obviously anything about driving won't apply.

    I would want to add the whole business of getting through US airports. Immigration and Customs officers have no sense of humour whatsoever so don't try to joke with them.

    And there is no such thing as getting into the US without a visa. Some countries' citizens are allowed to use what is laughingly called the Visa Waiver Program. But as this involves signing up online, answering questions and paying a fee, as far as I'm concerned it's an electronic visa. The problem with it is the confusing nature of some of the questions. The one on criminal convictions, though it has been improved, still fails to identify what does or doesn't count as something you should answer Yes to in response to the question, and it is about the biggest problem people ask about on travel message boards. The old question asked about "offenses involving moral turpitude" – now as not even American lawyers have a firm definition of what that is, how is a tourist supposed to know? Probably why it got changed.

    And don't bother asking the US Embassy – they will never give a useful answer. All they will ever say is "apply for a visa and then you will find out". It cost me £10 for a premium rate phone call to find that out.

    Why the US authorities think that asking people questions actually achieve anything beats me. Especially this one – "Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?" Don't they know that criminals lie? Which is why most countries don't do anything like this – they either let you in with just a passport or make you apply for a proper visa.

    So I really don't want to visit the US again. It's so annoying. If the US doesn't want tourists, I wish it would just say so.

    But for anyone who actually wants to, and is eligible for the VWP, NEVER use any of the many sites that there are offering to help you. They still have to ask you all the same things anyway and they'll charge you more. Always go to the actual US government web site for this at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

  • Unofficial Bucket List Family 7 months ago

    lol tipping is something my wife and family from New Zealand can’t wrap their head around…here in The USA

  • Unofficial Bucket List Family 7 months ago

    That is so true about staying in the car when getting pulled over by a police officer here in the United States!! My wife is from New Zealand and I told her the same thing you where talking about in this video!! Thanks for sharing…

  • jalabi99 7 months ago

    I still can't believe that such a high-quality channel has less than five thousand subscribers…but I let this be our own special club 😉

  • Darvin Ray 7 months ago

    I have to explain to my asian cousins that, in the US, you clean up after youself in fast food places.

  • LEB52 7 months ago

    Great video, One item that I have had some of my visiting friends find unclear is needing to get medical help from emergency room or other medical center.

  • Jose Perez 7 months ago

    Thank you Ernest, another on point review ! you always bring us some great tips ! Stay awesome

    Jose P.

  • JC Williams 7 months ago

    Great stuff! Had a good laugh at our culture!

  • Robert Brown 7 months ago

    Great Video…..In the US (except Oregon) you also have to pump your own gas, while most countries have attendants. The tipping is a great point as well, many high-end restaurants automatically add the 10-15% tip as a "service charge".

  • GONZALO gomez 7 months ago

    Also in many restaurant in Florida and Michigan if the meal is usually over $60 total they will put 15% tips automatically which sucks sometimes want to tip them less because of the bad service. Also If tough want good housekeeping in a hotel or resort is good to tip the first night. That's what I do I usually tip on the first night that way they will take better care like give me extra towels more coffee sugar and cream lol and they will write a note giving me their number just in case I need something I think is great. And renting a car I think is better not to get car insurance from the car company is better to use your credit card or rent a car for example from rentalcars.com is usually 11 per day instead of paying over 400 from car rental company