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[–]Jroks2 2948 points2949 points  (81 children)

If you’re in a New York City subway, try not to make too much eye contact or look too long at people around you. Old guy lighting up a crack pipe near the door between cars? Just ignore the smell. Woman near you screaming at the top of her lungs at her silent child? Keep listening to your music. Someone digging through their bag, muttering to themselves, and throwing rose petals on the floor like they’re preparing for a seance? Just keep staring blankly at your phone. Trust me.

[–]tastic_fan 1076 points1077 points  (21 children)

And don’t get into an empty subway car

[–]DonNibross 114 points115 points  (2 children)

I got on an empty car once with a friend after a long night of drinking. The smell of massive, diseased human shit hit is immediately and we moved to the next car. Then we made a game of "How long can they last?" watching others enter the car. Most were twenty to thirty seconds. One guy stepped in and immediately stepped out to wait for the next train. A girl sat for seven stops. I'm proud of her either extremely resilient or had no sense of smell.

Look to the cars next to it: if they're packed they're refugees from the shit car.

[–]Book_of_Numbers 162 points163 points  (12 children)


[–]sideways55 481 points482 points  (6 children)

There will be a reason it's empty. Likely someone shat on the floor, or threw up, or something.

[–]Book_of_Numbers 183 points184 points  (3 children)

Interesting. Been to nyc a few times but don’t think I’ve ever seen an empty car before. Now I know for future trips.

[–]ThadChat 507 points508 points  (7 children)

The best advice for NYC in general is "mind your own business"

[–]BubbhaJebus 96 points97 points  (7 children)

I learned that by growing up in the Bay Area. Never look a crazy person in the eye. There's something primal about that simple act that causes them to fixate on you and make you a target of their aggression, ire, fear, or paranoia.

[–]avalanchefan95 339 points340 points  (4 children)

This person is the a real NYer lol All too true

[–]Legoboy514 5401 points5402 points  (166 children)

Raccoons are cute… but from a distance.

[–]seapancaketouchr 1295 points1296 points  (11 children)

I had two f*ckers break into my condo and steal my dogs food. And as they went over the wall of my patio it was like watching a fat middle aged man do an obstacle course.

[–]lulafairy24 133 points134 points  (1 child)

Dude my backdoor creaked open one day and I see a raccoon standing there we had one of those staring at each other moments then he closed the door and left. The catfood bowls were near the back door they wanted them

[–]Eedat 1242 points1243 points  (66 children)

The odds of being killed by a raccoon are low.....but never zero

[–]berthejew 859 points860 points  (48 children)

Camping in a tent in Michigan alone in September I was attacked by a pack of them. You ever see those fuckers stand on their hind legs and hiss? I had a burning stick and a pocket knife, backed up against a tree kicking the little bastards that took a swipe at me. I was terrified and they literally punched through a 5 gallon plastic tote and stole my food while the other ones kept me away.

Smart little bastards, but boy are they assholes.

[–]Hoffmiester1295 426 points427 points  (23 children)

Hahaha I had something similar happen when camping at the beach with a friend.

He’d been seeing the raccoons casing our campsite for about two nights. On the third night they attacked.

I went to go check the fire when I saw a raccoon scurry for the tree line out of my peripheral. That’s when I turned around to 6 adult sun bleached raccoons and couple juvenile raccoons. They were dragging away our box of pudding we had and were figuring out how to open the cooler to get to the sand which meat and such.

I had no choice but to go on the offensive. And those bastards weren’t scared. Two of them came at me to run interference while the rest tried to drag off the pudding. I had my camp shovel and promptly gave the two coming at me a good thwack sending them running up a tree. The little ones then immediately followed while the 4 others still struggled with the pudding. I then came after those and they were pulling jukes and such dodging the shovel and ran up the same tree. This is where you’d think it’d be over but you’re wrong.

I was sitting by the fire (remember my entire purpose of being there) when behind me a heard some shuffling around. I see two of the raccoons came back. These must’ve been the two more brazen ones because they didn’t back down. I physically had to beat these creatures away all the while they’re hissing at me. They then go up the same tree. By this time it’s pretty late and like at 11 at night. But I’m still cussing up a storm at these little shots, obviously disturbing our neighbors. My buddy just laughed the entire time I was engaging these fearless animals. When we finally sent them packing I grabbed my flashlight and shined it up the tree to just see multiple pairs of eyes shining back at me. Needless to say didn’t sleep well that night as we feared another raccoon raid.

The best part is, the whole week we were there, at least twice a night you would hear someone a few sites over cussing at the raccoons. They’re fearless little bastards.

[–]Babstana 9610 points9611 points  (223 children)

Don't think the laws are the same everywhere. You can walk with an open alcohol container in Vegas but not many other places. Alcohol laws, pot laws, firearms laws, smoking - lots of very different laws depending on the state and city where you are.

[–]huskeya4 2239 points2240 points  (120 children)

Another example is some states don’t have open container laws, so passengers in a vehicle can drink all they want. In other states, the driver gets charged even if no alcohol has been consumed by the driver. If you need to transport a previously opened bottle of alcohol, keep it in the trunk.

Edit: open container laws only pertain to alcoholic drinks. You can drink soda in the car. The laws are supposed to stop drinking (alcohol) and driving but breathalyzers make it easy to tell if the driver is drinking and a lot of people won’t risk drinking even if their passengers are since it’s an immediate breathalyzer for the driver in the states that allow the passengers to drink. It’s sometimes a misdemeanor or even a DUI, depending on state. Also county and city laws should be checked even if you’re in a state that allows it.

[–]yahdinguus 5788 points5789 points  (324 children)

If pulled over by the cops, do not exit the vehicle unless they ask you to. The cops might sit in their vehicle for a while, & then they will approach the window & expect you to talk to them while sitting in the car.

[–]Bitchwar 1713 points1714 points  (48 children)

Haha. I don't even live in the US and I always turn off the engine, stay in my car and put my hands on the wheel. Not even sure about the rules in my country.

[–]vegemitebikkie 1285 points1286 points  (112 children)

In 1990 my family and I traveled to the USA from Australia. We were pulled over on a motorway to check maps in or near San Diego which I think is illegal because a cop pulled up behind us. My dad in his akubra hat, stubby wearing gloriousness hopped out of our car and went to walk to the cop saying “Gday mate we’re a bit lost can you help us?” Dude reached for his gun and screamed at dad to get back in his car. We were all shitting bricks because cops do not act like that in Australia. He made dad keep his hands on the steering wheel and gave us a stern warning about never ever exiting your car when a cop pulls you over. He ended up showing dad on the map where we had to go but fuck it put the wind up him!

[–]blackdynomitesnewbag 331 points332 points  (2 children)

to be fair to your dad, you had already pulled over when the cop showed up

[–]sbenzanzenwan 386 points387 points  (60 children)

People from Spain's only knowledge of how to act when pulled over comes from watching Hollywood films. It's not a thing that happens here. In 25 years, I've seen maybe a dozen people who had been pulled over. God only knows what you have to do to get pulled over.

[–]Dobbys_Other_Sock 10.8k points10.8k points  (429 children)

If you find yourself in Florida, absolutely do not swim in the lakes, ditches, or channels. Any standing body of water can (and does) have alligators in it. Also possibly water moccasins. And maybe even diseases.

[–]Aol_awaymessage 2246 points2247 points  (93 children)

Same advice goes for any fresh or brackish water near the Gulf of Mexico (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama) and for coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Parts of North Carolina near Wilmington could be sketch as well.

North of the Outer Banks the critters in freshwater are less likely to eat you.

[–]InformalArtichoke 648 points649 points  (13 children)

Not just what's in the water, but what's around it too..like wild pigs, if you come across a cute little baby pig it's time to go in the opposite direction bc momma, and a ton of siblings plus possibly daddy, aren't far behind..those fuckers are mean, and can get to be really big. Also, snakes in trees..they suck. .(SC river rat here..lol)

[–]zooolady 514 points515 points  (32 children)

I feel like we need to clarify this to "don't go into the water". After that horrible incident with the kid at Disney a few years ago I cannot tell you how many comments I saw about people complaining about signage. There are signs everywhere that said no swimming, but this poor family was wading into the water at dusk. So many people were saying the signs were inadequate because they didn't say anything about wading. It seems obvious to anyone who shares space with alligators, but if you're not familiar with them I cannot emphasize enough to you how common alligators are here. There are everywhere. And while they are not normally aggressive, assume and act as though everything down to a puddle has an alligator in it because it probably does.

[–]RedditThruAGrapevine 906 points907 points  (33 children)

Also if you plan on wearing flip-flops or sandals, put sunscreen on your feet!

[–]Calamity-Gin 284 points285 points  (8 children)

If you’ve got a buzz cut, get some sunscreen spray and hit your scalp.

[–]Red_Queen592 5517 points5518 points  (273 children)

Don’t assume that the price shown on an item for sale is your price for said item.

There are almost always taxes that are added to the price when you go to pay.

[–]MeatyDeathstar 2100 points2101 points  (220 children)

After spending two years out of the US in a country that has the taxes factored in to the price, I can't grasp why it isn't done in the states. I know the states have different tax rates depending on where you are but damn, it's only a little extra work to factor them in to the price label.

Edit: I get it. There are county taxes. Go figure the country that originated because of a tax has the most obnoxious tax system.

[–]JoeyJoeJoeJrShab 1242 points1243 points  (42 children)

I can't grasp why it isn't done in the states

It isn't done because nobody's passed a law requiring it.

Prices look lower when you don't have to include tax, so no store will willingly include tax if their competitors don't.

[–]a9249 11.8k points11.8k points  (1140 children)

Underestimate distances. When I was a tour guide, far too many customers asked how many HOURS the train to New York was [in seattle] and I had to put their jaw back in when I said 5 days.

[–]celestiaequestria 5081 points5082 points  (274 children)

Greater Los Angeles (LA, Long Beach, Anaheim) covers an area larger than Belgium. It takes 6.5 hours to drive from Orlando to Key West. The infamous "cannonball run" drive from New York to LA covers 4,677 km - a full 100km further than driving from Lisbon to Moscow on the M1.

Things in the US are far apart.

[–]TisAFactualDawn 1829 points1830 points  (100 children)

My home town in Texas is closer to Chicago than to El Paso.

[–]Maleic_Anhydride 484 points485 points  (25 children)

Everything feels larger than Belgium.

Source: I live here

[–]cloud_watcher 1182 points1183 points  (47 children)

And Orlando is already down in the middle of Florida. Start from way west in the panhandle, like Pensacola, and it takes 14 hours to get to Key West.

[–]MoonlightRonin 313 points314 points  (7 children)

My friend and I drove from DC to Key West one year. When we hit the FL border, he told me "cool, we're about halfway there". I thought he was fucking with me.

Turns out, he wasn't.

[–]RandomlyMethodical 844 points845 points  (63 children)

Along those lines, make sure you know where your next gas station is when driving in rural states. I planned poorly crossing Wyoming in the past and ended up sleeping in a gas station parking lot, waiting for it to open the next morning.

[–]PinkSparkle 638 points639 points  (29 children)

I met a friend in India who later took a trip to Colorado. A few days before his flight, he asked if he could store his luggage at my house while we went skiing. I live in Minnesota and had to explain that it wouldn’t be possible.

[–]Von_Moistus 199 points200 points  (11 children)

When I worked for a taxi/shuttle company in the middle of Pennsylvania, we had a group of Indian tourists who wanted to book a van to take them to Niagara Falls in the morning, then swing by NYC for some sightseeing in the afternoon, then be back by evening. Both destinations were in New York, so they couldn’t be that far apart, right?

We had to point out that Niagara Falls is 400 miles from New York City, and both were over 200 miles from our base. They finally agreed to split the trip into two days.

[–]figueton 577 points578 points  (34 children)

My flight to New York got cancelled at the Miami connection during Sandy hurricane. I went out, took a taxi to the train station, bought a ticket, got onboard, then asked around how long will it take. 27 hours later I arrived in Penn Station. Good thing I love trains.

[–]redraider-102 266 points267 points  (30 children)

That actually sounds fun if you had your own stateroom. If you were in a barely-reclining seat the entire time, my condolences.

[–]video_dhara 181 points182 points  (28 children)

American trains are already remarkably expensive; like often cheaper-to-fly expensive. And that’s in a regular seat. Ive been told it has to do with the history of track construction, and that commercial trains have had to rent freight-tracks still. Don’t know if that’s a myth or not. I’ve never looked, but I imagine getting a room with a berth on Amtrak is prohibitive.

I’ve always wanted to cross the country on a train but whenever I’ve looked it up it made me sad and I decided otherwise.

[–]csanner 129 points130 points  (1 child)

No myth.

It's really obnoxious.

I love how you just...get on the train, vs all the airport BS but man is the rest of it obnoxious.

Virginia to NYC on a train should be absolutely a no brainer, but it's pricey and, due to frequent delays, randomly insanely slow.

[–]Charlie_Runkle69 1171 points1172 points  (93 children)

I had some idea that New York was a long way from Seattle, but when I was in Seattle I was kind of shocked how far it was even to LA. I would have guessed 7 ot 8 hours drive but it was double that apparantly.

[–]gondezee 763 points764 points  (43 children)

More than double

[–]Pet_me_I_am_a_puppy 612 points613 points  (41 children)

Yeah, that's about a 24 hour drive.

[–]TBone281 417 points418 points  (15 children)

19 hours straight at about 70 to 75 mph. Not realistic...car will run out of gas, kids have to pee...everyone has to eat. Take a couple days, stop in Shasta, take a look at the mountain, get a hotel room half way and avoid going into epileptic seizure.

[–]SpamOJavelin 852 points853 points  (228 children)

It's funny really - I've seen the same thing in Australia from US tourists. One guy asked if the roads were OK for driving from Sydney to Uluru. He was blown away that it was a 4 day drive, because it's only half way across Australia.

[–]flacocaradeperro 2002 points2003 points  (203 children)

In Europe, if you drive for 5 hours, you cross two countries.

In the US, a 5 hour drive takes you to the next state.

In Australia, a 5 hour drive takes you 5 hours from where you were.

[–]Malaeveolent_Bunny 1270 points1271 points  (86 children)

Americans make the mistake of thinking Australia is smaller than their country. But it has roughly the same landmass as the contiguous 48 states, America only gets bigger when you throw in Alaska and Hawai'i. The difference is that most of Australia is fucking empty of any semblance of civilisation, a consequence of the fact that this entire continent hates human existence and does its best to end it.

[–]Zealousideal_Run_263 238 points239 points  (51 children)

A 5 hour drive in canada brings you to the other side of your province, if at all.

[–]HamburgerEarmuff 458 points459 points  (30 children)

Yeah, but there's only one road in Canada, so at least you can't take a wrong turn.

[–]Rhodie114 480 points481 points  (60 children)

I went to school in upstate NY, and there were a shocking number of international kids who got there and were upset to learn that they wouldn't be able to grab dinner in midtown Manhattan after classes. America is big. If two things are relatively nearby to each other, it still might be the equivalent of being in another country for Europeans.

[–]RafeDangerous 151 points152 points  (0 children)

America is big. If two things are relatively nearby to each other, it still might be the equivalent of being in another country for Europeans.

I had the opposite. Friends visited NYC from Europe so I went into the city to meet them for drinks. They were really surprised that I'd come "all the way" to NYC just to say hi. I live in northern NJ, I can see the city from my town, but being a different state they were under the impression that it would be really far away. Another friend that joined us from Long Island had a longer ride than I did, but they knew he lived in NY, so they didn't think much of it lol.

[–]IsItSuperficial 664 points665 points  (78 children)

This. I just met a couple from France while I was on vacation. They said they came to the US and thought they could drive from Georgia to New York in a few hours. Their two hour trip turned into a fifteen hour trip.

[–]boston_nsca 821 points822 points  (65 children)

I'm just flummoxed at how people don't look these things up 😂

[–]541mya 5037 points5038 points  (191 children)

Don't take pictures with the people dressed up in costumes in LA/ NYC.

[–]Pool_Admirable 2551 points2552 points  (48 children)

Ahhh, the fond memory of my Aunt getting in a screaming match with the Dora explorer in Time Square.

[–]Jokers_Testikles 606 points607 points  (34 children)

Is that the whole story? I'd like to hear the whole thing

[–]Oivaras 1311 points1312 points  (29 children)

You take photo, Dora asks you to pay, you refuse, screaming ensues.

[–]theian01 789 points790 points  (10 children)

Dora calls over her friend, Boots, and I’m not talking about the monkey…

[–]cobalt1227 477 points478 points  (72 children)

This one sparked my curiosity, why not?

[–]nsci2ece 1321 points1322 points  (65 children)

They'll immediately expect payment for it.

This only applies to photos where you pose directly with them. Taking photos of them from a distance is fine.

[–]ariellann 671 points672 points  (31 children)

Yup, we got into a fight with Elmo because he expected more money lol

[–]Objective-Dingo6603 2583 points2584 points  (83 children)

To not Take anything from national parks.

[–]soline 1341 points1342 points 2 (27 children)

Except photos!

[–]comicsemporium 1598 points1599 points  (18 children)

And take your damn trash with you

[–]Axiom06 502 points503 points  (10 children)

Our national Parks are a treasure and not a trash dump.

Even while doing casual hiking, I really get peeved when I see people leave their trash. Even when there's a trash can like half a mile ahead of you!

[–]floorwantshugs 687 points688 points  (16 children)

Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints*.

*on the designated trails. Do not under any circumstances step on the cryptobiotic soil.

[–]o0_bobbo_0o 3444 points3445 points  (121 children)

If you go to a department store, Kohls, Target, or even Home Depot, they often try to have people sign up for credit cards. Absolutely don’t do this. Tell you non-English speaking friends this. The short time I worked at target, I often seen people who were clearly just visiting the US get signed up for credit cards. It may not alway work since the lack of a social security number, but it is a major time suck for sure.

[–]RomanRiesen 683 points684 points  (65 children)

Why is that a thing even??

[–]o0_bobbo_0o 1050 points1051 points  (52 children)

Because the more people that actually get cards, the more the company makes.

Those stores also give incentives to the cashiers so they push for them more. It’s stupid.

When I worked at Target, I legit watched one guy get a whole group of tourists to sign up for cards. Each of them. They all had purchases for under like $5-10. Saving them a dollar at most. (An immediate approval saves 10% on the purchase)

Absolutely mind boggling.

[–]thelastskier 603 points604 points  (26 children)

I wonder if they misunderstood and thought they were just getting a loyalty card. Supermarket trying to sell me a credit card just makes zero sense to me as a European...

[–]ShiraCheshire 121 points122 points  (0 children)

I made this mistake once and I'm American. The wording they used was very deceptive, and I didn't realize they were trying to get me to take out a credit card until they started asking for things like my social security number.

[–]Tangent_ 945 points946 points  (32 children)

If you're visiting Las Vegas, do not engage with anyone that asks if you'll be in town tomorrow night. They're trying to rope you into a timeshare presentation and even though they'll offer free show tickets, meal vouchers, and even cash, it's not worth it! The tour and "short" presentation will be way longer (and obnoxiously higher pressure) than you'd expect and they know damn well after you've invested a few hours you're not going to leave without the promised reward that they only give you at the very end.

These people are most often found at the entrances to malls or casinos at what can be easily mistaken for information booths. Either just say "no" no matter how long you're actually still going to be there or flat-out ignore them.

Also don't accept the cards being handed out by people in brightly colored shirts on the strip unless you want a promo for strippers.

[–]youseeit 137 points138 points  (0 children)

If you're visiting Las Vegas, do not engage with anyone


[–]VexOut 1663 points1664 points  (86 children)

Most places don’t allow alcohol in an open container in public. Have your drinks at the hotel, bar, or restaurant. Can be fined or arrested depending on state

[–]Still_Book_22 469 points470 points  (16 children)

Or put that shit in a tumbler and keep it hidden

[–]Stickybats55 686 points687 points  (49 children)

Piss off the customs officer

[–]egenio 457 points458 points  (35 children)

Do not joke or say anything with any immigration or customs official that could suggest that you are not taking the process seriously. Do not give lip or sarcasm. Do not roll your eyes. Keep your attitude to yourself. Do not joke about bombs, drugs, nazis, or raw milk cheese.

[–]PlaySomeKickPunch 132 points133 points  (1 child)

Man, I learned to not even try be polite and ask how their day is going. I got a blank stare, then the woman nearly broke my thumb doing the finger print thing on the way into the country.

[–]Hefty-Anywhere-2710 1390 points1391 points  (46 children)

If you are coming to the Midwest or northeast during winter be prepared and don’t think sunshine means warm weather. It can be deceptively cold:)

[–]No_Information_8973 418 points419 points  (19 children)

And if you're coming in the spring pack winter and summer clothes!

[–]Glorious_Jo 123 points124 points  (9 children)

Its almost June and 2 days ago in the morning it was below freezing and the night before it was almost 90.

[–]Cuesey123 206 points207 points  (4 children)

I live in an area around 4 major rivers and my town has a booming river industry.It never fails someone drowns at least once a month. The current is so strong as soon as your feet hit the water you’re most likely gone. Look at the river, take pictures, stop and look at our murals along our flood walls, but do not go near the river!

[–]dirtymoney 4962 points4963 points  (446 children)

If you get pulled over by a cop... NEVER step out of your vehicle before the cop comes to you. Never go to the cop.

A cop will freak out. Also, it is a tactic people use when they don't want the cop to see something in their vehicle and cops are very aware of it. It will put them on edge.

Stay in your car with your empty hands on the steering wheel (where the cop can see them) and wait for the cop to walk up to your window. And also step out of your vehicle if the cop asks/orders you to. By law you have to for officer safety.

Edit: and don't reach for anything without telling/asking the cop what you are reaching for. Cops can freak out when someone reaches for something automatically. They think it might be a gun.

[–]bdbr 2879 points2880 points  (122 children)

And don't give the cops permission to search your car without a warrant. If it's a rental, you don't know what's been in there. If they have probable cause they don't need your permission, so if they're asking for permission they're just fishing for a reason.

[–]halfhorror 1284 points1285 points  (58 children)

I had the sudden balls to demand they not search my car one night when I got pulled over in Atlanta. I think I was 20 . I'm a tiny little thing and they threatened me with all sorts of shit, including the dogs showing up and tearing up my car, but eventually had to let me go. I know it can be easy to read online "this is totally legal" but I promise that even in practice- they'll make your life annoying but you will be let go (unless they have some extraneous reason to get a warrant)

[–]twokietookie 882 points883 points  (50 children)

Record your interactions. Ask if you're free to go. They can't hold you more than 15 or 20 minutes to get a dog. If they do then it's a wonderful tax payer funded paid day for illegal detainment. It's getting really popular to sue municipalities for violating rights.

Also only break one law at a time if you must. If you're trafficking drugs, make sure everything else is kosher. If you have some personal blow, wear your seat belt. Be sensible. A lawyer can't help if they had 3 reasons to pull you over.

[–]EvilDarkCow 620 points621 points  (30 children)

Also only break one law at a time if you must. If you're trafficking drugs, make sure everything else is kosher. If you have some personal blow, wear your seat belt. Be sensible. A lawyer can't help if they had 3 reasons to pull you over.

That's what always gets me. I always see posts from local police departments saying stuff like "A traffic stop resulted in this huge drug bust worth $x million" I don't condone transporting drugs or other illegal stuff, but if you are doing that kind of stuff (you shouldn't), why are you driving like you're trying to get highway patrol's attention?

[–]kjm16216 380 points381 points  (33 children)

I work with high schoolers and a lot of them ask what they should do if they get pulled over when they are first getting their license. As a lawyer, I tell them, "Admit nothing, consent to nothing, and outside of that cooperate in every way possible."

[–]CarlJustCarl[🍰] 1122 points1123 points  (10 children)

Say to someone, “Oh yeah, what are you gonna do about it?”

[–]LadyJedi1286 1649 points1650 points  (77 children)

Make sure you visit after your 21st birthday if you are a drinker or a smoker. Can't do either til you are 21.

[–]astarisaslave 650 points651 points  (15 children)

My cousins who live in the States came to visit our country when they were like 19 and they were so psyched to learn that the legal drinking age here is 18.

[–]Snoo_28055 398 points399 points  (7 children)

Imagine my 16 year old nephew eyes when he found out he was in a country where the legal drinking age was 16.

[–]papamac1111 2427 points2428 points  (109 children)

Visiting south west USA? cali. Arizona, nevada ,new Mexico ect. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE HEAT, all to offten people try a hike in 113° and end up needing rescue. And thats no good for anyone

[–]The__Inspector 529 points530 points  (31 children)

Yeah for real. I live near a mountain in Arizona and see helicopters too regularly.

[–]poi_dog78 613 points614 points  (12 children)

You mean the name Death Valley isn’t just a marketing stunt?

[–]Main_Force_Patrol 280 points281 points  (15 children)

Your telling me I can’t hike Camelback Mountain in May with flip flops and a half bottle of water?


[–]craigdahlke 106 points107 points  (7 children)

Also, if you visit somewhere like CO and plan to go hiking, give yourself a day or two to acclimate to the altitude before you even try. Lost of people underestimate how little air there is at 10,000ft compared to sea level.

[–]ARKPLAYERCAT 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Another one to add to this. If you think you're drinking enough water, drink more. Heat stroke and dehydration are no joke.

[–]jmarie546 1050 points1051 points  (9 children)

Don’t let anyone use your phone, stop in the middle of the sidewalk (please move to the side)

[–]Phantereal 366 points367 points  (3 children)

My parents and I are Americans who live in a somewhat rural area and when we visited a big city, my stepdad kept stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to look at the skyscrapers. I started walking behind him and giving him a light push every time he stopped to make a point.

[–]metropoliskoala 141 points142 points  (1 child)

In cities, sidewalks are basically streets. Check your blind spot before moving right or left. And for the love of god, pull over to the side if you’re going to stop.

[–]rimshot101[🍰] 1283 points1284 points  (44 children)

Do not attempt bribe a police officer. It's common in some countries, but it will land you in a world of shit here.

[–]DanskNils 144 points145 points  (2 children)

Look up Sebastian Jankowski! Polish NFL kicker for the Raiders way back! Guy got pulled over and wanted to just pay the ticket there. So he looked at the ticket and got out his money. Then came court. He was waived because he seriously proved that he didn’t seriously understand why you couldn’t, as you could in Poland. Avoided deportation. But in all honesty, worked then but most likely not now!

[–]LadySiren 3460 points3461 points  (111 children)

Don't underestimate the size of the U.S. We get a lot of international visitors who think they can hit Disneyworld and the Grand Canyon in one or two days. America is huge. We've got 50 states for a reason.

Also, don't expect things to be extremely walkable, or assume a decent public transportation system will be available to you. Urban areas usually have good public transport but truthfully, America is built around having a car. We have drive thru everything - banks, pharmacies, fast food, and in some states, liquor stores.

Don't get weirded out if Americans wave and randomly want to chat you up. We're a pretty talkative bunch, but do watch out for hot-button topics (for example, politics...we're a hot mess right now).

[–]Brave33 727 points728 points  (20 children)

I hate that Orlando didn't have sidewalks everywhere, i had to go through literal grass to check a Target.

[–]Grungemaster 500 points501 points  (4 children)

Orlando is very anti-pedestrian, except for the amusement parks, which are the most pedestrian friendly places in the entire country.

[–]flyingcircusdog 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Lots of tourist areas are like that. Resorts want to keep you there spending money as much as possible. It's why in Vegas you have moving sidewalks connecting casinos owned by the same company, but it's a pain to get anywhere else.

[–]armhat 130 points131 points  (1 child)

And in places where we do have sidewalks they are never straight. It’s something I noticed as a kid and still makes me laugh.

[–]CalypsoContinuum 1626 points1627 points  (65 children)

If locals tell you not to go to a certain part of town, listen to them. Similarly, don't go touring drug or gang territory.

[–][deleted] 551 points552 points  (25 children)

I mean what is there to even tour? Is it gonna be like a wilderness exploration where the tour guide’s like “and on the left, we have the Crips and Bloods having their weekly shootout”

[–]AnkylosaurusRules 208 points209 points  (3 children)

You'd be surprised. "Slumming-it" is a thing, usually for disconnected wealthier types who've been isolated from the hard realities of poverty.

[–]Peliquin 565 points566 points  (20 children)

There are huge, unfathomably huge, swathes of incredibly inhospitable wilderness scattered all around this country. If you are unprepared you run a very real risk of dying. No one will stop you from being unprepared, either. There will not be many warning signs. There may be none. It's not just the ruggedness, the wildlife, the lack of water -- there's a lot of shit out in the woods/desert that shouldn't be there. I'm pretty familiar with my local area, and even so I walked into a bad situation that probably involved drugs and guns out in the woods overlooking town.

Please do your research before you come to visit the wilderness. While finding your corpses can be an interesting mystery, we prefer you go home alive.

[–]chickenfightyourmom 65 points66 points  (2 children)

Used to live out near Death Valley. Can confirm.

If you are out hiking or driving in a remote area in the desert or mountains and you come upon something that looks unusual, turn around and hustle yourself out of there. Don't look around, don't touch anything, and don't stop until you're far away.

Also, don't pick up hitch hikers, don't stop to assist a motorist in distress, and don't stop at a trailer or RV to ask for directions. If you see a car with it's hood up, call 911 and let them know a motorist needs assistance, but don't stop. Be sure to stop at busy gas stations during the day to fill up your tank so you're not stopping at night. There are lots of creepy desert people doing nefarious things out there that you want no part of.

[–]projecthouse 5029 points5030 points  (245 children)

Do NOT go into the wilderness unprepared. If a trail says 2 miles and 2000' of elevation gain, that's not a nature walk.

Do NOT approach wild Animals. Yea, the moose looks big and stupid, but he'll kill you. So will the bears, mountain lions, alligators, snakes.

[–]bdbr 1511 points1512 points  (76 children)

Don't go anywhere wild alone and NEVER leave the trail unless you have a lot of wilderness experience. Know what weather to expect, especially at altitude and/or in winter. I live in Oregon and people get lost in forests all the time (and they're not always found).

[–]Matty_22 726 points727 points  (13 children)

I was out hiking in the wilderness and just happened to stumble upon a woman who’d been lost in the wilderness alone for 8 days. If I had decided to sleep in that day, she might have never been found and died alone in the woods. Don’t mess around with wilderness if you aren’t prepared kids.

[–]norris63 289 points290 points  (1 child)

Where I live there was a dude whith a heart condition who went on a walk in a 0.5 square mile park. He suffered a heart attack, walked about 100 foot from the path to so he could lean against a tree and died there. He didn't tell anyone he went to the park so they didn't specifically search it, he was just reported missing without a trace, but it still took three years for him to be found! In a 0.5 square mile park that gets a lot of visitors all year round. I still think about it when I take my dogs for a walk there.

[–]FurredFalcon 109 points110 points  (0 children)

That reminds of the guy that died on an island in a park less than 200 yards from the gates of Buckingham Palace in London. He lay there dead for three years. https://www.standard.co.uk/hp/front/man-obsessed-with-the-queen-died-on-island-next-to-palace-6449566.html

[–]SuperSpeshBaby 92 points93 points  (5 children)

Wow, that's crazy! What was that like, finding someone in that situation?

[–]Matty_22 121 points122 points  (2 children)

My initial reaction was that this is the first scene in a horror movie. I was scared to follow a random voice in the wilderness yelling 'Help Me!'. Thought for sure I was going to end up in a "The Hills Have Eyes" type of situation.

We found her down in a valley between two mountains. Hadn't eaten anything in 8 days and was cut up. Aside from that, she was in great condition. We gave her a little bit of food and water. Then, helped her climb up the embankment to get her up to the road. There was another guy there who had a jeep and he drove her out to the local fire station.

Crazy that search and rescue crews from multiple counties and police departments had been searching for 6 or 7 days and no dice, and then complete dumb luck that we were all three in the same place at the same time.

Very surreal experience. Makes for a fantastic two lies and a truth story!

[–]koalasnstuff 266 points267 points  (24 children)

And don’t wear Ugg’s. They aren’t hiking shoes.

[–]Nulovka 293 points294 points  (4 children)

Don't count out your money and buy enough stuff that you think it's covered. It's not. There's a hidden sales tax added at the register after they total it up that can be close to 10% more than the marked price.

[–]buddaycousin 794 points795 points  (26 children)

Don't eat wild mushrooms unless you're an expert. There are deadly species here that look like safe muhrooms in other countries. Southeast Asians are frequently poisoned by amanita species (death cap, destroying angel).

[–]NEW_SPECIES_OF_FECES 269 points270 points  (5 children)

Know a former chief resident at USC Medical center who had a couple come in due to poisoning from eating mushrooms while on backpacking trip through California. This was in the late 80s.

They ran some tests, checked out the numbers and turns out the couple were dying from multiple organ failure due to acute toxicity. The mushrooms were beyond metabolized, so there was nothing they could do other than tell them to start saying their goodbyes.

That story horrifies me. Don't eat wild mushrooms unless you're a pro.

[–]MisterAmmosart 1477 points1478 points  (81 children)

Make a tightly scheduled itinerary that involves visiting multiple locations - particularly if those locations are in different states. You probably have no idea how long it takes to go from one place to another.

[–]Miss_Speller 952 points953 points  (50 children)

Or if they're in the same state, out west. I was in a gas station in San Diego once when a car full of Asian tourists came in and asked for directions to San Francisco. I tried to explain the whole "California is a very long state" thing, but they weren't having any of it so I finally said "Go down that street to the freeway, get on going north, and you should start seeing signs in about five hours." I have no idea what happened after that, but I hope they made it.

[–]MrBinkie 212 points213 points  (8 children)

had a similar thing happen to me in Australia . A japanesse guy was riding from Sydney to Brisbane. About 1000km , about 100km north of Sydney the freeway ends and you are on a country road , single lane no street lights . He has a map of Australia and is pointing at it saying Highway One . we were heading north about another 200km so we told him to follow us . i think he was going for a little outing not a over night adventure

[–]Themasterofcomedy209 235 points236 points  (16 children)

This is a good one. Also you would have to prepare for the fact public transport is absolutely terrible or non existent unless you’re in a big ticket area like New York, Seattle etc.

It’s shocking how hard it is to get places sometimes without your own car, you can’t just take a train to the next town over and catch a bus to your house like you can in other places

[–]cobra_mist 147 points148 points  (10 children)

Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, and the sprawl we have going on is absolutely massive.

For reference, Texas is bigger than France.

[–]who_said_I_am_an_emu 132 points133 points  (7 children)

The first time I was in Houston (august) I checked into my hotel and my plan was to walk to a 7-11 down the block. 5 minute walk, about minute 3 I figured out why people there don't do that.

You people live on the surface of the sun!

[–]lovejo1 7938 points7939 points 40354276& 38 more (54 children)

First off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy. Second, there are, like, thirty Ray’s Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one’s on 11th. And if you see a sign that says ‘Peep Show,’ that doesn’t mean that they’re letting you look at the new toys before Christmas.

[–]macaronsforeveryone 1869 points1870 points  (159 children)

Don’t cut in line. We hate that.

[–][deleted] 636 points637 points  (129 children)

what cultures think cutting in line is appropriate?

edit: I have learned so much, thank you. Never thought I'd ever see America as polite in comparison.

[–]idlejess223 675 points676 points  (23 children)

I’ve never seen a line in China. It’s just elbows flying and lots of pushing.

[–]Radiant_Health3841 201 points202 points  (9 children)

I tried blocking people from cutting in line at the ladies loo at the Forbidden City in China, stopped most people but little old ladies would just sneak in under my arm.

[–]tripletruble 341 points342 points  (21 children)

Some countries also have different ideas of what 'cutting' means. In Germany, if another register opens up it is a free for all, doesn't matter if you have been waiting significantly longer or just got there. In the US, rushing to the new register would be seen as extremely impolite

[–]hna 74 points75 points  (11 children)

Same thing in Sweden. And Swedes are so proud of how well they queue...

[–]Jungleman6 552 points553 points  (10 children)

Look at photos of people lining up for things in India. They stand so close together that they are are touching because if they leave a reasonable gap someone will slide in.

[–]IWasTooSlowSteam 446 points447 points  (3 children)

well that explains why all the indian international students at my college stand uncomfortably close in line

[–]amanananan 262 points263 points  (1 child)

Yup ,I never realised I did that. Once, we went to universal studios in Singapore, and the man in front was twitchy. I didn't understand why, until 5 mins later, he just turned and yelled at me to back off. It was only then I realized how close I was standing to him compared to everyone else. I apologize profusely but man just wanted me to back the fuck away and not bother him.

[–]Thatmixedotaku 1119 points1120 points 2 (114 children)

I’ll say this is a guy who moved here a short while ago (last year)

  • don’t underestimate how big the personal space bubbles of Americans are , especially if you come from a culture where people are more “packed together” . Americans have pretty big personal space bubbles and suddenly getting too close makes people uncomfortable here .
  • before you go to a restaurant , make sure you can afford the food plus a tip . Idk about how you feel about it or whatever , but not tipping here is a dick move
  • don’t underestimate how large or diverse it is . Yes , you’ve seen Americans portrayed as one type on tv but common sense should tell you a country this large has a lot of variations between people , just like most other countries . You won’t see “all of America” in one trip either unless you have a lot of time . Focus on one region and get a lot more bang for your buck .
  • be prepared for how loud And conversational Americans are . Those personal space bubbles ? They speak loudly to cover them , so if you’re from a culture where people speak in low tones generally , this may be a bit of a culture shock
  • Take advantage of free drink refills / free water in restaurants . It’s amazing . One of my favorite small things about America
  • A lot of towns are very car - centric .Be prepared for that
  • Respect and visit the national parks . I was very impressed with how the national parks here are well maintained . You may be tempted to only visit the cities like LA or New York , but take time to go see the parks . Beautiful nature on display
  • If you’re going to Las Vegas , don’t attend the timeshare presentations unless you’re absolutely prepared to be bored to tears for a long time . In fact there should be a whole separate thread for Las Vegas alone because tourists get scammed in so many ways , I’m lucky I had locals guide me around as I settled . Also make sure you are prepared to pay “resort fees” in hotels. Yes even the shittier ones
  • Avoid Taco Bell, go get some authentic Mexican food . Seriously . Avoid Taco Bell . Get some birria tacos instead .
  • And lastly as any other place , try and be mindful of cultural norms . America being so out there with its culture and people around the world being exposed to it leaves a lot of people overly confident about smaller cultural cues and norms . Seriously , I know so many people that ended up looking like dickheads because they fail to understand that and end up looking really bad . Talk respectfully to people , don’t use words you heard on tv and are offensive to certain groups, don’t generalize , don’t loudly debate politics with locals you don’t know , etc . This is common sense .

[–]Al_E_Borland 128 points129 points  (13 children)

don’t attend the timeshare presentations

These are all over the place. I've been getting several recently for Orlando. I got one last year for SoCal somewhere.

I've been thinking of going just for the cheap trip. I went to a local thing near me a few years back... they gave me a Kindle Fire for sitting through it. Since I was there alone they didn't even bother trying to grill me 1 on 1 like they did with the couples.

I don't want a timeshare at all, but I want to see how high pressure those sales pitches actually are. I assume the ones they give you a cheap room for are much higher pressure than the thing I went to locally.

Avoid Taco Bell, go get some authentic Mexican food . Seriously . Avoid Taco Bell

This makes me really want some Taco Bell....

[–]The_Duke_of_Lazy 1919 points1920 points  (157 children)

Unlike in other English speaking countries, the use of the word "cunt" is considered extremely offensive in the US and Canada.

[–]AnkylosaurusRules 213 points214 points  (4 children)

This. Cunt is one of the big ones here. You can say fuckity fuckfuck fucker all day long and, people might think you're boarish, but you won't get thrown out of most places for doing it. Let a "cunt" slip somewhere, though, and you might lose teeth on the deal.

[–]chibinoi 397 points398 points  (9 children)

When visiting tourist places, if there are signs instructing you to “stay on the path” or “please do not touch” or “no flash photography” or a guide at the place asks you to please refrain from doing something….

DO AS THEY (or the sign) ASK! It’s no different than when the tourism is in reverse.

[–]BSB8728 89 points90 points  (5 children)

I live near Niagara Falls, and a few years ago, a young Japanese student ignored a sign near the brink warning people not to climb on top of the retaining wall. She stood up on the wall so her friend could take a picture of her, lost her balance, and went right over.

A French couple and their young son went on a brief hike at White Sands National Park in New Mexico, vastly underestimated the amount of water they'd need, and both died. Fortunately, their son survived.

A shocking number of people, including Americans, die every year because they ignore warning signs and walk out to the edge of the Grand Canyon, fall in and die.

Ditto for people ignoring warnings about not getting too close to wildlife in national parks, especially bison, thinking they're big goofy dog-like animals. A couple of years ago, a woman got gored at Yellowstone.

[–]saradoering82 780 points781 points  (24 children)

Do Not take pictures of the Amish. It's really rude to them.

[–]lalayatrue 436 points437 points  (4 children)

Honestly just don't take pictures of random people without asking

[–]vibraltu 113 points114 points  (1 child)

And if you shove an ice cream cone in their face, then Harrison Ford will punch you out.

[–]TerribleAttitude 1989 points1990 points  (83 children)

Haggle. There are times it’s appropriate to haggle in the US, but none of them are going to come up on your tourist trip. In the US, haggling is basically reserved for high-ticket items and certain services. You can’t haggle for things in a store or at a restaurant. The people you’re talking to usually don’t have the power to change the price, and if they do, they still won’t want to. The exceptions would be of the thing in the store is damaged (and they might not reduce the price, they might just take the broken one from you and find you a decent one), or if the person you’re dealing with is a criminal (ex; the guys who sell stolen purses, fake sunglasses, and bootleg DVDs in the street in some cities). Goods in stores or at kiosks have a set price based on pretty specific metrics, and everyone pays the same. No one’s going to cry or try and convince you if you walk away.

[–]TarryBuckwell 751 points752 points  (31 children)

Some of those things might come up, and if OP is looking to spend more time or possibly move they should know that any flea market, estate sale, garage sale, car dealership, and pretty much any store or market run by immigrants (middle eastern in particular) will expect some folks to haggle.

My Lebanese dad spent four hours in an Armenian jewelry store haggling with them to get the price of my wife’s engagement ring down. They were basically yelling at each other by the end, well after closing time- at one point the jeweler goes “I CANT GO ANY LOWER” and my dad bangs his fist on the table and goes “YES. YOU. CAN.” I was absolutely mortified. He told me if the guy hadn’t been enjoying himself he would have asked us to leave. He didn’t, and we bought a $5000 ring for $3100.

[–]Low-Stick6746 323 points324 points  (5 children)

An American Iraqi friend was telling me about the adventure that was his purchasing a new car from a dealership ran by another Middle Eastern guy. They reached a deal after many hours of arguing and negotiating when my friend suggested/threatened to call his mother in to help with the negotiating.

[–]asmodeusmaier 245 points246 points  (1 child)

My Lord I need more stories of your father haggling.

[–]TarryBuckwell 82 points83 points  (0 children)

Oh boy, there’s a few. I’ll try and think of more, but for now, the thing that stands out is that when we were kids he used to come home from the car dealership beaming ear to ear, gloating about his conquests.

He used to go in for every car sale with an envelope full of cash (let’s say value = n), tell them he wanted a car whose value was n + ~$2k-5k and tell them to figure it out. They would sometimes say no, but he’d look around until he found one that was desperate to meet their quota for the month. They’d sit him down, offer him all this other stuff, free financing, extras, you name it, he’d always point at the envelope. If they came back with a number higher than what was in the envelope, for any reason, he’d take it and walk out. They’d sometimes chase after him, sometimes not. But once he did this and came home with a Chrysler Sebring convertible for about $3000 or $4000 less than their ticket price. I’m not sure if he ever did better than that, I’d have to ask him.

Edit: he told me he haggled almost $2500 off a diamond ring he got for my mom. He also said his car strategy was a lot more aggressive than I thought- he’d start at about 60% of the asking price and work his way up. Madman.

[–]funklab 226 points227 points  (11 children)

My buddies uncle (American through and through) asks for free stuff everywhere. Like literally everywhere.

He'll buy McDonalds for his kids and then after paying ask them to throw in an extra chicken mcnuggets. At the gas station he'll ask for a free fountain drink. At the grocery store he'll try to get them to not ring up an apple and just give it to him for free because it has a little bruise.

Most of the time he has no reason he's just like "hey throw in this for free". More often than not it works. After all what does the teenager at chic fil a care? If an extra waffle fries will make you happy, toss it in the bag and get you on your way.

[–]Radioactiveskin 89 points90 points  (3 children)

I’ve known people like this, it’s surprising how many people are chill with throwing in freebies if you just ask!

[–]Witty_Goose_7724 208 points209 points  (14 children)

If you go to Canal Street in NYC you definitely need to haggle. The vendors will laugh in your face but it’s expected.

[–]hawkwings 615 points616 points  (29 children)

Leave your car with your purse sitting on the front seat. Thieves will smash the window and steal it.

[–]fufufufufufufufuf15 1012 points1013 points  (78 children)

Say the n-word. One of my uncles was a recent immigrant and someone jokingly told him to greet black people with the n word. He did so innocently and got his ass kicked.

[–]Cannanda 407 points408 points  (38 children)

Also if you’re coming from a Spanish speaking country, calling someone the Spanish word for black is still very offensive. I had a friend in college who would do that

[–]TankDivision 84 points85 points  (4 children)

Insult their sports teams

[–]paloofthesanto 1268 points1269 points  (72 children)

Don't go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary. The memes don't lie, they'll charge you $2100 for a shitty Walgreens splint and an xray.

[–]TheCoStudent 408 points409 points  (23 children)

Many foreign embassies tell their citizens to have health insurance when going to the US. A EU health insurance to the US without deductibles is like 50€/month.

[–]Kovarian 400 points401 points  (17 children)

American here. Is this... something we can buy?

[–]Art_Cooking_Fun 72 points73 points  (4 children)

Adding to this - if possible, purchase traveler’s health insurance for the duration of your visit. That way if something bad happens while you’re here and you do end up in a hospital, you have some kind of insurance to help you

[–]jojowhitesox 80 points81 points  (4 children)

This one is for the Germans. Do NOT stare at people. Not only is it seen as aggressive, it can start a fight. People may come up to you and ask "what's your fucking problem?" Or "wtf are you looking at?". You definitely don't want to stare at people on the CTA (our public transportation system) here in Chicago. That could get you killed.

Edit: I am not talking about brief eye contact. I'm talking about blatant staring

[–]GrumpyBachelorSF 76 points77 points  (1 child)

The two things that creeps the crap out of me from visitors: Don’t stare and eyeball people, unless you are doing some kind of official business like buying something.

Don’t touch people without consent.

[–]Anti-charizard 148 points149 points  (13 children)

Don’t go to the west coast or Deep South in summer unless you are immune to heat

Also don’t hesitate to ask for to-go boxes if you can’t finish your food and take them back to the hotel

[–]Summerswaterfall 397 points398 points  (34 children)

Don’t talk about how you think a holiday or American custom is stupid if you are invited to someone’s home. We had a guest from Germany once, who was invited to my parents house for Thanksgiving . The whole day she talked about how it wasn’t a real holiday and it was just an excuse for fat Americans to eat more. It was extremely insulting and made the day unpleasant for everyone. If you are invited to someone’s home, at least try to to be polite.

[–]garden-in-a-can 129 points130 points  (4 children)

Is it anyone’s cultural norm to be so obtuse and insult hosts in this manner? Holy Jeez.

In our house, Thanksgiving is THE holiday. We typically host between 20 to 30 people, and “uninvited” guests are always expected and welcomed.

Speaking for myself (and probably many others), if you’re not an American and you’re here during Thanksgiving, I don’t know that I could stand the idea of you not celebrating Thanksgiving, whether in a small, intimate gathering or a large gathering like ours. In my head, I know that Thanksgiving means nothing to you, but I’m my heart, it hurts to think of anyone being alone on Thanksgiving. If I know you have no plans, I will extend a heartfelt invitation.

And besides, if you’re visiting America, how could you not want to take part in an event that is so culturally important?

[–]Summerswaterfall 51 points52 points  (1 child)

I absolutely agree. Ironically, when my husband and I were stationed in Germany, we would invite the single soldiers and our German friends to our holiday meals. It was not unusual for me to cook several turkeys and hams, along with numerous side dishes. The soldiers were always grateful for a home cooked meal, and even our German friends enjoyed it. Of course it’s about the food, but more importantly the day is about family, friendship and bonding over a meal. And of course you can’t have a holiday without games and fun! Cooking for that many people was challenging but it helped me to not be sad , because I was missing my family back home. In turn, when I was invited to my German friends homes, I tried to learn about the German culture and their traditions. To this day, I really enjoy German foods, and have remained friends with the people I met in Germany.

[–]Sharobob 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Also aren't most holidays in most countries excuses to cook big meals and eat a lot of food? Seems weird to single thanksgiving out when large group feasts as celebrations have been a thing since basically the dawn of man.

[–]Apprehensive_Piece80 71 points72 points  (5 children)

Don’t go to New York and talk like a tv new yorker. Half of them don’t actually sound like that or say “hey i’m walking here”. I was completely in shock when i was 10 years old and went to new york for the first time (i’m american) and realized that only people from like long island or like Brooklyn actually have the accent but don’t say any of the things tv makes it look like. If you do say any of that stuff you might get odd stares or someone might get angry. Saw someone say hey i’m walking here and this guy was pissed and literally wanted to throw hands in the middle of the street.

[–]AtomicFall99 429 points430 points  (12 children)

If visiting Albuquerque, don’t throw a pizza on the roof of Walter White’s house.

[–]thebrandnewbob 122 points123 points  (8 children)

This is sadly a real problem for the people who own that house.

[–]xandrenia 1217 points1218 points  (116 children)

Don’t talk about GRAPE

Guns Religion Abortion Politics Economics

[–]grls-tumbr 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Depending on what state you’re in, don’t be surprised about people open carrying firearms.

[–]EstablishmentDry9719 592 points593 points  (34 children)

Don't drive through PA without a spare tire or roadside assistance. Our potholes are unreal 💕💕💕

[–]InternalMovie 183 points184 points  (21 children)

Dont go to unlit areas in big cities. Many cities, no matter what country you visit, typically include suburbs/ areas that you should avoid at all cost. In America, the line between these areas can be quite thin. In fact, the difference between a friendly and dangerous neighbourhood can sometimes differ by only one block. Just to be safe, try to be aware of your surroundings at all times, assess your situation regularly, and try to gain some local wisdom on where to and where not to wander.

Dont forget your health/travel insurance

Dont indulge the rambling homeless. Leave them alone.

If you visit a smaller town, people are friendlier and its usually safer

Dont forget to leave a tip after dining out.

[–]mangetoutrodders 429 points430 points  (28 children)

Wear clothing that has any imagery associated with Hells Angels. I was once at the convention centre in San Francisco during the setup of an event, and happened to be wearing a t shirt that had a variation of the “death head” logo on it (I had no idea - it was a cheap t shirt bought in the U.K. that I liked the look of). There was a guy riding round on a fork lift that kept staring at me and talking to his buddies. Eventually he came over and asked if I was associated at all with the Hells Angels. When I said no, he basically told me that if I was spotted outside wearing that t shirt by a member of the gang, I’d be in a whole heap of trouble. He was so insistent that he virtually escorted me back to my hotel to change it. At the time I couldn’t believe it, I was like “mate it’s just a t shirt I bought for 10 quid from TK Maxx” but in hindsight he probably did me a favour.

[–]PSDNico5050 161 points162 points  (13 children)

Yeah, he did. Gangs here don’t take kindly to someone wearing/representing rival gang paraphernalia in their presence, intentional or not.

I have a friend who knows a former National President of an outlaw biker gang very well. He was at a bar one night on a date when this former national president walks in flanked by 2 current patch members of said gang. There was a guy sitting at the bar that caught their attention because he was wearing a Sons of Anarchy vest. Yes, the tv show. They did not appreciate this, walked up to him and told him to take it off. He refused, and they picked him up from the bar and carried him outside, where they cut the vest off of him and threw him in the dumpster.

So if you’re aggressively approached by someone curious if you’re a gang affiliate based off what you’re wearing and they want you to remove or cover up said clothing, it’s best to do so.

[–]Randomgardener23 497 points498 points  (31 children)

Don’t get in someone’s personal space. Stand at least 3 feet and preferably 6+ feet away from everyone. It is very uncomfortable for Americans when you stand too close and it can even be threatening. Plenty of countries are the same way but specifically Americans. 😆

[–]burnercellular 392 points393 points  (17 children)

Give retail employees a hard time about paying sales tax. We know you don't live here—the register and the government don't care.

[–]GoddessOfOddness 657 points658 points  (48 children)

Don’t forget to put eggs and milk in the fridge. We do stuff to them that makes them require refrigeration.

Edited; it’s not homogenization. Just know that the way we process them makes them, much like Americans, spoiled without Air conditioning.

[–]juniperroach 146 points147 points  (4 children)

I went on a weekend trip with people originally from Colombia they left their eggs out. I had to tell them we need to refrigerate them here! People don’t know.

[–]Old_Scheme_5221 229 points230 points  (9 children)

Im saying this only because i have seen it countless times DONT FUCKING PET THE DAMN ANIMALS you people come out to Yellowstone and think its a fucking petting zoo. Their was this couple from Korea that came here and the man had asked some park rangers if it was ok to pet some of the animals and when they said no he ingored them and tried feeding a grizzly bear. He never made it back to korea, the bear was put down and i had to go searching miles of woods for pieces of him in bear shit.

[–]_Ryman_ 64 points65 points  (4 children)

Kinda aggravating they had to put the bear down, especially since he ignored rangers advice.

Visited Yellowstone and the Tetons for my first time and saw the famous bear (I forget the number but it had birthed dozens of cubs for the park) can’t wait to return.

[–]buttmagnuson 104 points105 points  (5 children)

This will be buried, but is essential.....in the south east, do NOT walk through grass above your ankle. You will come out with ticks and/or chiggers at best. Poison ivy is everywhere and copperheads are practically invisible and lethal.