For many people visiting America for the first time, it can be difficult to learn all of the customs and traditions of U.S. life prior to your arrival. With so many different races, genders and personality types, it’s important to know a few vital pieces of information that could help you feel more comfortable in a foreign land. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when spending time in the United States, ensuring that you have a great stay and don’t offend anyone.
Expect to pay a little more
Two terms that begin with the letter “T” should be expected during nearly every monetary transaction you make in America. Don’t be caught off guard if you see tax or tip included in your bill, these are common additions that should be expected on every receipt or transaction you make.
TSA is no joke
While it isn’t smart to joke around at any airport, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not tolerate any kind of funny business or game playing. Try to keep the bomb jokes to yourself, or if you have to tell somebody, wait until you have landed and are away from security to share your thoughts.
Be prepared for stares
Americans are typically very friendly, but many have never left the states and could have problems understanding your foreign accent. Try to be patient and enunciate everything, or do what many visitors do when they enter the United States: adopt an American accent.
Use your phone sparingly
When spending time in another country, a good tip for saving money on unnecessary expenses is to cut back on how frequently you use your phone. While free WiFi may be available at some locations, don’t rely on this for everything. Anticipate spending money on roaming fees anytime you make a call, so ease up on the browsing until you find a spot to do so safely and free of charge.
These travel tips will help you make the most of your next trip to the United States. For more information on international travel insurance, contact Insurance Services of America today at (800) 647-4589.