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Travel Tips, What to Expect, for Your Trip to the U.S.

31. October 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

If you have made a real love connection with an American gentleman and he has already visited your town, you may want to experience what his life is like and decide to arrange a trip to the U.S. Here are some travel tips and practical knowledge about life in the U.S. so you can be prepared.

 

Packing Your Luggage

Most women find “packing light” to be a challenge, with all the clothing, beauty products, and toiletries that women use on a daily basis. However, the more bags and luggage you carry, the more obvious that you are a tourist and most tourists prefer to blend in. Pack clothing that can be mixed and matched so you can bring a minimal amount of pieces but a large variety of options. Layering lighter pieces is better than heavy coats and jackets.

 

Curling irons, hair dryers, and any other appliances you may want to bring should be able to plug into the American standard current of 110v/50Hz, compared to the European current of 220v/60Hz. Adaptor plugs can be used or these items can usually be purchased very inexpensively in most towns. Most toiletries and beauty products can also be purchased relatively cheap in many stores across the U.S. so don’t bog down your suitcase with many months worth of supplies.

 

People

Although the U.S. is about half of the size of Russia, it has over twice as many people, with a population of 306 million. Like many countries, there are bustling cities with tons of skyscrapers, traffic, and people scurrying everywhere. The three largest cities are New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. There are also rural areas of uninhabited landscapes and natural beauty. Almost every state has a mix of urban and rural neighborhoods. Each city has a website full of information so you can research before you travel and know what to expect about the people and the environment.

 

When being introduced and meeting new people, shaking hands is most often used, rather than the social kissing style that is common in Europe.

 

Restaurants

Are you looking forward to the American specialties of hot dogs and apple pie? You will find an endless variety of cuisines from all over the world. In some areas, Asian and European restaurants are more prevalent than American diners. Prepare to bring a hearty appetite because the portion size of American meals can be three times the size of European meals. Then there’s the buffets, where you pay one low price and enjoy as much as you can possibly stomach. And remember, tipping in America is widely used and expected. Also, many cities have bans on cigarette smoking indoors, especially restaurants so be sure to look for designated smoking areas before lighting up.

 

Traveling to America is an incredible experience. It’s called the “melting pot” because you can find every race, ethnicity, and cultural group living there. There is nowhere else in the world that you can meet so many different people from different backgrounds. Be ready to open your mind and go with the flow and you will have the time of your life with your favorite American man.