5 Tips Overseas Visitors to the States Need to Know.

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5 Tips Overseas Visitors to the States Need to Know.

December 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Opinion, Travel/Leisure, Weekly Columns

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(ThyBlackMan.comIf you’re from outside the states, it’s understandable why you would want to visit the Land of the Free. You can do anything and everything, it’s diverse, and – it can’t be denied – it’s capable of delivering all out fun. However, before you get to enjoy all that good stuff, it’s worth keeping in mind a few tips and tricks, which will help you get the most out of your journey. Take our advice below, and you’ll have a great time!

It’s Not Like On TV

Most people’s impression of America comes from television, movies, and other media. While all of those things will have a hint of truth about America in them, it’ll only be one version of the truth. Your reality and experience might be – no, most likely will be – very different. The best advice would be to visit America without too many preconceptions. The United States is much bigger and better than you’ll see on the big screen, but to see all that good stuff you’ll need to change the way you’re looking at the country.

People Are Friendly…But You Need To Help Them

Some people think that America is an overly dangerous place…but that’s just not true. In all, you’ll find that the people there are friendly; indeed, sometimes they can be exceedingly friendly, going well out of their way to help a stranger and expecting nothing in return. However, if you’re going to have these kinds of positive experiences, you’ll need to do a few things first. To begin with, make sure you have a basic level of English; find a tutor at towerofenglish if you need to learn or brush up on your skills. It’ll make everything much easier, and you’ll get much more out of your trip!

Tipping Etiquette

Oh boy, this is a controversial one. In most countries, tips are options – if you even have to tip at all. In America, this is not the case. In most service industries, the customer is expected to tip their server 15 – 20%. While is historically based on how good the service is, today it’s just an essential act. Unless your service was really horrific, you’ll need to be prepared to leave an extra 15% at least on the table. When calculating if a menu you might visit is affordable, make sure you’re factoring in the cost of the tip.

There’s More than the City

A lot of people have ideas about New York, Boston, San Fran, or Los Angeles, but it’s important to remember that there is much more to America than just the cities! If you have time, make sure you’re visiting on the majestic National Parks; it’ll be the highlight of your trip.

Bring a Touch of Yourself

Finally, remember that you’re not just a visitor to the states! You should aim to bring a touch of your own culture with you. Americans don’t always have the best understanding of other countries; they would be delighted if you spoke with them about it!

Staff Writer; Craig James

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