USA travel hints and tips
Here are a few tips to help you fit in with the American’s:
Individualism in the USA is prized. People are proud of their individual accomplishments, initiative and successes.
Informal and friendly
American people tend to not wait to be introduced and will begin to speak with strangers as they stand in a queue, sit next to each other at an event, etc. Visitors can often be surprised when people are so informal to the point of being very direct or even rude, but don’t be offended!
American driving laws
With 50 states come 50 different driving laws. Well not quite but you’ll certainly find a bit of variation. Make sure you read up on the driving laws if you’re hiring a car, and keep an eye on those road signs.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all you’ll find for food in the states is fast and fatty! But that’s not the case! It is possible to avoid the fast food and have a good meal in the States and there are plenty of restaurants catering for all tastes.
Vacations are important to Americans and they really go all-out to celebrate! Most have to do with sharing good times with family and friends, and tasty traditional foods. Aside from Christmas, New Years and Easter which are celebrated throughout the world, American’s celebrate Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks on the 4th of July. Halloween is also another big one where children dress up and ‘trick or treat’ around their neighbourhood. Thanksgiving is celebrated to give thanks for close friends and family they have in their lives, families celebrate with a traditional meal of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie.
*The small print
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