Visit America - The DON'Ts of Visiting The USA

  • Published on Oct 1, 2017
    Whether heading to New York, Washington, California or Chicago there are some general DON'Ts of visiting the USA. This video goes over the major things you should not do in the US. From touching the Americans, to not discussing certain topics, to how not to miss out on the food & culture the US has on offer.
    This video is designed to teach travelers about the American culture and cultural differences and norms that may be found throughout the US. So if you are going to be visiting the USA, then this is a video you should watch so you better understand how Americans think, act and react in day to day settings.
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  • RELLOH -
    RELLOH - 31 minute ago

    6:14 lol u can’t compare weed to cigarettes.

  • damien Smith
    damien Smith 3 hours ago

    I was born in the US and i just wanted to hear what this guy had to say. One is true is that people want their space
    In some parts of Europe, getting close to someone is common.

  • Dag Sverre Aamodt
    Dag Sverre Aamodt 3 hours ago

    Best tip, just don’t go

  • peabody
    peabody 5 hours ago

    another good tip: DON'T argue with the will get you no where!

  • tedskam
    tedskam 6 hours ago

    If you are anywhere OUTSIDE of New England, walk up to anybody and ask them if they'll take you out shooting guns.
    If you're an attractive female, RUN up to them and ask. You'll be in for the time of your life.

  • Ryan Francis
    Ryan Francis 16 hours ago

    Just an update for some travelers. Some tows in some states have different tobacco laws now. For example in some towns in NH you must be 21 to purchase tobacco as well as alcohol.

  • Logan Mueller
    Logan Mueller 16 hours ago

    What countries schools teach that we have 52 states?

  • Careful im a Jinx
    Careful im a Jinx 18 hours ago

    I'm american and I love hugs and I'm a touchy person although I agree a lot of people over here LOVE personal space

  • Mystical Hippo
    Mystical Hippo 20 hours ago

    Dont go anywhere Americans don’t travel to themselves, just keep it to Florida/new York/Cali/Hawaii because there’s really nothing else to see

  • Fabio Bianchi
    Fabio Bianchi 23 hours ago

    I had a surgery of appendicitis when I was in Colombia at a private hospital and they didn't charge me anything.

  • Fabio Bianchi
    Fabio Bianchi 23 hours ago

    And I can't talk politics??? So all the killing people and coup d'etat that the americans promote around the world, can't be discussed???

  • Fabio Bianchi
    Fabio Bianchi 23 hours ago

    "It's free but you can't just get that and walk out" hahaha SO IT ISN'T FREE!!!

  • Fabio Bianchi
    Fabio Bianchi 23 hours ago

    "sales taxes" hahahaha

  • Leaholea
    Leaholea Day ago

    I love how every single commenter (and viewer apparently) is another American with their own addition of unasked for information about how 'culturally unique' America is, even though EVERY. COMMENTER. IS. AMERICAN. ALREADY.

  • Alex A
    Alex A Day ago

    Hey, americans... why not watch videos about OTHER countries instead of your own, so that you actually might LEARN something.
    And if you don’t know the names of any other countries, here’s a short list for you to start with:
    South Africa
    New Zeeland

  • 420 subscribers with no weed

    Just go 2 San Francisco, literally anything goes

  • Adam Howitt
    Adam Howitt Day ago

    Number 1 should’ve been don’t shoot up a school

  • Nick Knatterton
    Nick Knatterton Day ago

    "Don`t assume All of the US & All of the people in the US are the same" This could be apply to every country. Such as, not every German is wearing a "Lederhose" and drink beer all day long.

  • Stephanie Burton

    awesome. :)

  • MisterScrambles
    MisterScrambles Day ago +1

    The taxes one is like #1.
    I worked at a theme park, and every single guest complained that the prices listed were misleading because "in Europe we don't do that". I guess it gets frustrating when you have your exact amount in cash in your hands.

  • Psych Girl
    Psych Girl Day ago

    Do you ever do the “Do’s” of places?

  • aswler
    aswler Day ago

    why can they simply put the complete price on the tag? do ppl feel comfortable being mislead this way?

  • ΛZΞ boi
    ΛZΞ boi Day ago +1

    Number 1
    just dont go there

  • XxV_BlxurryxX !
    XxV_BlxurryxX ! Day ago

    Im in Florida rn ;-; idfk why im watching this XD

  • Paul Thompson
    Paul Thompson 2 days ago

    I'm from Maryland and I have crabs

  • christopher dawson
    christopher dawson 2 days ago

    God bless America 🇺🇸🙏

  • Jessie Ray
    Jessie Ray 2 days ago

    A car is important, are country is to damn big with miles and miles of nature, then all of a sudden a major city...then nature again. 😂 We have a lot of untouched land. So there's a reason why Americans do road trips and why me make a big deal out of doing them. Also Americans do very much have culture, we actually have A LOT of it.

  • Tadhg OBrien
    Tadhg OBrien 2 days ago

    Oddly enough tipping is alive & well in Ireland, but is forgotten about by Americans once they arrive! (Europeans were always seen as bottom of the bucket cause they never tipped!) Today feeding tourists is like feeding pigeons. When I find a great new local restaurant it’s all locals eating there who do tip, once the pigeons arrive all the good staff leave!

  • king of YouTube 123
    king of YouTube 123 2 days ago +1

    Northern BBQ is always so underrated... it’s great!

  • Phil Delmedico
    Phil Delmedico 2 days ago

    "Don't underestimate the size of the US."
    Why did that make me feel so proud and patriotic?

  • Nella Laurabella
    Nella Laurabella 2 days ago

    During the personal bubble bit when he got close to the camera it made my American self very uncomfortable lol

  • WolfAlliance
    WolfAlliance 2 days ago

    The "How's it going?" thing confuses Americans too...

  • PJAvenger
    PJAvenger 2 days ago

    If you don't use metric, then why has my Mustang been a 5.0 LITER and not a 302 since the eighties??? Dimwit.

  • JohnnyRebKy
    JohnnyRebKy 2 days ago

    America is a combination of several " countries". THE SOUTH is like its own country, culture, language, food, ect as a example. Go to New York and its a complete different culture shock. California complete different culture. The do's and don'ts depend on where you are going. Of course I recommend the South if you want friendly people and a more relaxed atmosphere. Going up north or out to California is like landing in a foreign nation to us......and the same to them. They think we are all dumb hillbillies and we think they are all rude ass holes.

  • Regina Nyirubugara
    Regina Nyirubugara 3 days ago

    We can drink alcohol in the netherlands when you are 18+
    You see everyone in the netherlands smoking( at school, at work, on the street) and we are SO SLOW in a lot of thing jesus!!!

  • charlie newman
    charlie newman 3 days ago

    In Florida ; I’m British, we were in a Universal hotel and got the boat over to the park early (hence why we stayed there) the boat person was insistent on telling us about how we messed up with Brexit... we countered with Trump..... yeah DO NOT DO THAT.

  • Cassandra Chandler
    Cassandra Chandler 3 days ago

    Don’t go to Connecticut

  • Fresky
    Fresky 3 days ago

    What I noticed when I went to America is......
    If you're British don't ever talk! you'll get a crowd of people asking you thousands of questions about what is the Queen like? How loud is Big Ben from where you live? Do you live in a castle?
    In fact don't even open your mouth! The first thing they do when they hear a British accent is they try to check out your teeth! At times I felt like they was trying to get inside and try to slag something off. Get a grip you gullible lot, we have dentist you fools and yes we use them!
    Everything is surreal! Cars look like something that have rolled out of Lego World (even though they're getting better with their aerodynamics) all square with very little curves. Food is plastic! There is nothing natural about their food whatsoever, it's all processed..... But funnily enough they make it work and meals can be the best you've ever had.
    People don't walk anywhere (apart from New York), I went to Daytona and I only saw two people walking around in the huge town. Yeah lots of cars but barely any pedestrians!
    You say get ready to be overwhelmed by how much you have to travel but everything overwhelmed me! Footpaths! they're the size of the roads in Britain with a footpath either size.
    Paranoia is contagious! The more I go the more I feel I'm about to get robbed or shot. Now the first thing I want to do when I get there is buy a gun.
    I'm not gay but don't go to Texas if you are. You'll be skinned and burnt before you know it. The most homophobic place I have ever been to in the world! It made me so mad I learnt to hate the place.

  • Motzer Alles Mist
    Motzer Alles Mist 3 days ago

    The MOMA in Chicago was very boring

  • edenhalle
    edenhalle 3 days ago

    here I am, an American, watching what not to do when visiting America

  • Joshua Brown
    Joshua Brown 3 days ago

    More more more omg this guy gets me. The most accurate does and don't I've ever seen for many places I've been

  • QcumberHershey
    QcumberHershey 3 days ago

    if youve seen adam ruins everything, he talks about how those prices are made up so health insurance can make 'great deals' with hospitals. Still, they take pretty good care of you, no need to wait weeks or months like ive heard is the case in the UK. that sounds awful, actually.

  • QcumberHershey
    QcumberHershey 3 days ago

    there are several dialects in the us, so yeah.

  • Nothing Important
    Nothing Important 3 days ago

    We have rules ?

  • QcumberHershey
    QcumberHershey 3 days ago

    my family spent a weekend by driving to a friend who owns a restaurant in Pelahatchie, Mississippi. Crawbilly's is great.

  • Carrie Ann LaShelle
    Carrie Ann LaShelle 3 days ago

    Personal space is serious. Especially since 1 out of 5 women in the states are survivors of abuse.

  • SierraLarson2
    SierraLarson2 3 days ago

    Rules for Minnesota:
    Don't come in January or February. You will have a bad time.

  • adam livermore
    adam livermore 3 days ago

    I'm guessing he's a smoker and he's annoyed that he cant smoke anywhere he wants.

  • Rishi
    Rishi 3 days ago

    dont say the n word.... you should know why
    black is fine but just avoid colored cuz it has a negative connotation. its not 1960 folks. its 2019

  • ghost Unix
    ghost Unix 4 days ago

    Don,t talk about religion,unless you are atheist and the other person has disclosed themselves as atheist or you erasure someone can except religious monking.

  • il m
    il m 4 days ago

    3:20 AEKFC ? The kid must be Greek...

  • Seth Arredondo
    Seth Arredondo 4 days ago

    Rule number 1. Dont wear horizontal stripes if you have a "larger" build. That is all.

  • Strings 1043
    Strings 1043 4 days ago

    Yes our healthcare sucks bad and needs to be updated.

  • Biff Dingus
    Biff Dingus 4 days ago

    - Pay attention to the weather and environment. We get every kind of weather/natural disaster you can think of. Tornadoes happen somewhat frequently in the spring in the southeastern and central US. Hurricanes happen in late summer impacting the Gulf and East Coast. If you are told to evacuate, get the hell out.
    - We have some pretty bad ghettos in America. Learn where they are and stay away. The rest of the country is generally extremely safe.
    - Guns are common. If you see someone openly carrying a gun don't immediately freak out, but you should probably leave them alone. (and go shoot some guns while you are here!)
    - Never point any sort of gun shaped object at a police officer. Even toy guns. Especially at night. If you have an encounter with the police follow their commands. Don't argue, and keep your hands where they can see them.

  • Alexxx Dee
    Alexxx Dee 4 days ago

    That is a nice positive and helpful video! Thanks!

  • Dargus
    Dargus 4 days ago

    When you look up a guide to live in a country that you've lived in for your entire life

    • Dargus
      Dargus 4 days ago

      +George Lewis I'm your age -50

    • George Lewis
      George Lewis 4 days ago

      I had to see if I'm still doing things correctly. I'm 65 and America has changed since I was a young man.

  • Addilynn Bri
    Addilynn Bri 4 days ago

    you made a good impression on us over here thank you .

  • Annoney Mouse
    Annoney Mouse 4 days ago

    Canada is bad for sales tax

  • swirlingabyss
    swirlingabyss 4 days ago +1

    Seriously. Don't fucking touch people.

  • xxitzsmellyxx
    xxitzsmellyxx 4 days ago

    What are those things in 9:21 ??

  • Rhonda Horne
    Rhonda Horne 4 days ago

    You have not be to the south!! We are friendly people and sometimes we hug people!! So don’t touch is not all places!!

  • Anza Borrego
    Anza Borrego 4 days ago

    Some of the “don’t”s are very revealing. It certainly helps to make up your mind on where you want to spend your holidays!
    Thanks for being so candid in your video

  • Fektthis
    Fektthis 4 days ago

    the cities are not worth visiting. don't even bother to come for them. Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, Yomsemite and maybe one or two other parks like Mammoth Caves. Those are worth the trip. Otherwise, stay home or visit a major city in your own country. You're not going to be missing much.

  • well
    well 4 days ago

    Public transport is non existent in most places. I never ever grew up with it everywhere we went was in cars.

  • TheECAproductions
    TheECAproductions 4 days ago

    Americans are big on hugs wym

  • Bmore Slim
    Bmore Slim 5 days ago

    They do cell cigarettes and milds and all that to people under 18, I'm telling you now they don't care.

  • KyleV
    KyleV 5 days ago

    One tip: don’t play fortnite

  • Derek Roberts
    Derek Roberts 5 days ago

    I’ve noticed something, maybe I’m wrong, but this is just from observation and things that I read. The places that are uninhibited, in other words more comfortable with nudity or just having less clothes are very strict about physical affection and basically don’t like touching, where those who are very conservative about clothes and seem to be strict on dress are very liberal on physical affection. Either way, it seems to work out in the end when you think about it.

  • Clarence Boddicker
    Clarence Boddicker 5 days ago

    Don't trust the cops.

  • Sai Charan
    Sai Charan 5 days ago +1

    If a guy touches another guy in a friendly way
    ...they call u homo!!Pathetic..

  • HoiSam988
    HoiSam988 5 days ago

    1st reason: You cant say the N word

  • Courtney Crump
    Courtney Crump 5 days ago

    Don’t assume people know you weren’t born and raised here. With how big and proudly diverse the states are on the whole, most people assume “I’m traveling!” means from somewhere in the country. If you have questions or struggle maybe with cultural clues, be up front that you are an international traveler, it will help us know how to frame things! An ethnicity or accent doesn’t mean someone isn’t fully american and we just haven’t met them yet :)

  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson 5 days ago

    Rule number 1: dont say the N word if your white

  • sandy roberts-anderson

    btw, some states have banned smoking in any buildings and within 20 feet of doors. It’s also banned in some outdoor areas. Check the laws before you get a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or e.cigarette out.

  • Snipps S
    Snipps S 5 days ago

    watching this to learn what not to do in America. I'm American.

  • Eli Hughes
    Eli Hughes 5 days ago +1

    If you're black. Don't call a white person DUDE! They react the same way if a White person said nigga!! THE USA IS VERY WEIRD AND BETTER OFF NOT VISITING!!!

  • Erica Folange
    Erica Folange 5 days ago

    In the US, stand in line and don't crowd up front. People get irate if you walk ahead of them while they are waiting for something. Go to the back of the line and wait your turn.

  • clydesight
    clydesight 5 days ago

    The following are based on my experiences as an American living in America! They are humorous -- yet oddly true.
    Don't talk loudly in elevators. We Americans usually ride in silence, ALWAYS face forward, and push our way out when we get to our floor. Say "excuse me", and push others out of the way. But, try and be gentle.
    Don't fart or burp in church (coughing is allowed if you cover your mouth) - Americans believe that God is offended by most bodily functions.
    Don't refer to the "toilet". Americans are extremely shy about our bodies and we love euphemisms. Say "bathroom", or "rest room" or "Little boy's or girl's room".
    Don't "cue up" or "line up"to get on a bus or subway. We Americans like to crowd, push, and shove. For some, it's a way of life.
    Don't EVER give up your seat on a crowded bus, to an elderly or disabled, or pregnant person. Many Americans in big cities have an unwritten rule: You PAID for that seat, you have a RIGHT to that seat. Screw anybody else.
    Don't let people OFF the bus BEFORE you get on. We Americans think our own needs outweigh everyone else's. See above.
    Don't stand calmly in a line. Instead, make a fuss and grumble because you can't get to the front fast enough. This is especially important when boarding an airplane. It's practically an American tradition.
    Don't -- and this means NEVER -- sing, hum, or whistle in public in America. It freaks us out.
    Don't walk and chew gum at the same time. Most Americans have never mastered that skill.
    Don't dawdle! When walking in America, keep your eyes forward and LOOK like you know where you are going, especially when you don't.
    When driving in America, DON'T YIELD! Just because a sign say to, doesn't mean you have to -- unless the police are nearby.
    Don't EVER ask for directions. Most Americans have no idea where they are, and will lie about how to get there. Besides, you have GPS on the cell phone. Use that. See next advisory.
    Don't trust a cell phone GPS. It's probably out of date and will find the longest, most circuitous route to get from point A to point B.
    Don't EVER touch a public employee (bus driver, postal worker, Mayor, etc.) Don't even offer a handshake. Just mumble something completely unintelligible with a smile, and walk away.
    Don't be fooled by friendly wait staff in restaurants in America. They don't care, they just want a good tip. The restaurant usually pays them the lowest possible wage and they are desperate for money.
    Don't flirt -- with anyone. The PC and SJW police will get you!
    Don't believe ANYTHING you see on American TV, especially "reality" TV shows. It's all FAKE! There is NO history on the History Channel, you won't discover anything on the Discovery Channel, there are no arts and entertainment on the A&E channel, and finally, you will learn nothing from The Learning Channel.
    Don't fumble with money. Have exact change or a ticket ready to go. Americans have no patience with each other -- especially when they can't deal with the unexpected cost of things and hidden charges.
    Don't look at -- or talk to -- people you don't know on public transportation. Sit or stand quietly and pretend to be absolutely fascinated by the advertisements.
    Don't shout or make loud noises in America. Exceptions are any sporting event. In that case, you can feel free to make an ass of yourself. Everyone is doing it!
    Don't talk loudly on your cell phone while standing in a line or in a grocery-- or any -- store. Americans do not want to overhear your personal conversations -- they want you to listen to theirs as they explain to their screaming children why they can't have 12 boxes of Fruit Loops.
    Don't text and walk, drive, talk, or do anything. You'll bump into somebody and Americans are a pretty feisty bunch. You could get hurt. Find a quiet corner to hide in.
    Don't let Americans fool you with pretensions of friendliness. Most Americans hate each other, and distrust everyone else. That smile you see is a lie.
    Don't sit next to anyone in a movie theater or concert -- unless it is assigned seating. Americans don't like to be crowded unless they are pushing onto a bus or other vehicle.
    In America, no one cares what you think, unless you think EXACTLY like we do.

  • Danielle
    Danielle 5 days ago

    I don’t care if people touch me or bump into me, as long as they apologize right after, you know manners.
    Don’t visit California and be super conservative or close minded you will be shocked by how open and free minded and liberal this state is. Also don’t drive too slow move with the flow.
    Don’t move to California it’s already wildly expensive already and the traffic is INSANE.

  • SpartanSolja
    SpartanSolja 5 days ago

    I live in the USA and I smoke like everyone ik smokes cigs jus about it

  • Spider-Man
    Spider-Man 5 days ago

    Lol looks like he just escaped prison

  • Atomic Blitz456
    Atomic Blitz456 5 days ago

    This in all lies

  • Cheetahjammerplays AJ

    So true

  • Ruben Morales
    Ruben Morales 6 days ago

    I don't mind talking to people, but yes if you get to close you will get to something.

  • Ryan Conrardy
    Ryan Conrardy 6 days ago

    Shhhh, you're giving away the secret that we only have 50 states, not 52.

  • James Lucena
    James Lucena 6 days ago

    1) Don't go there

  • FraX
    FraX 6 days ago

    lol in denmark we can buy alcohol as 16 years old xD

  • Jen Jen Jen
    Jen Jen Jen 6 days ago

    Who the heck was told there was 52 states?

  • Jen Jen Jen
    Jen Jen Jen 6 days ago

    The metric system IS used here, sick of hearing that it is not. It’s used for everything in the medical world.

  • Jen Jen Jen
    Jen Jen Jen 6 days ago

    There are some bars that still having smoking allowed.

  • SkippyDoodle
    SkippyDoodle 6 days ago

    People say Guam and Puerto Rico are states there territories

  • James Watters
    James Watters 6 days ago

    First- I would say don't lie to US Customs and Border personnel, or lie on the declaration form- might keep you from being denied access and immediately deported.
    Don't smoke cigarettes in public closed spaces (there will be no smoking signs or signs designating a smoking area). It is like that in other countries. Some countries it is illegal to smoke in public period.

  • Becky Warren
    Becky Warren 6 days ago

    I'm American and I like my space and I am friendly and I don't take crap from no one.I do speak up and please don't mess with an American. 😄😋😊🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • John Doe
    John Doe 6 days ago

    Stand your ground law

  • Shooter Mcgavin
    Shooter Mcgavin 6 days ago

    Dont reach into a trash container ever.

  • Agnes Laufer
    Agnes Laufer 6 days ago

    Funny, I know someone that in a span of 2 weeks wanted to see New York, Washington, Toronto and Cuba .

  • Pcc b
    Pcc b 6 days ago

    Don’t go to schools you will get shot. And there are no-go zones over the whole us.

  • A-muse
    A-muse 7 days ago

    Don't over-order at restaurants. The portion sizes in the US are huge compared to other countries. You may be able to share an entree with another person with a light appetite, or eat an appetizer for your meal. It is very common to get a "doggy bag" or take the rest of your meal "to go".

  • mike Larry
    mike Larry 7 days ago +1

    I'm from new Orleans Louisiana and been to the EU so just like everyone you love it and hate it lol "but" the usa is a very Dangerous place the people are not nice to Foreigners who are very different and they can be very racist tours races that are not white they will go out of their way to mess with you or to treat you badly especially the police i now, not just the whites but the blacks people are two all people who are not black and Violent crimes are as badd as 3rd world Countries in the United States, like rape and Physical assault for no good reason just for looking at some one to long and murder just to take your money out of your pocket that's why most people in the USA Carry firearms as do i and my family, friends. So know the city you are going to and Majority of the police don't care if you don't know the law they will take you and your kids to jail for the small violations and leave the Dangerous Criminals alone if the can, no joke my brother and his friends are cops, so please be safe. God bless you.

  • taijiangah
    taijiangah 7 days ago

    You should add , don’t be afraid to refuse tip if you get crappy service.