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Tips for Brits Traveling to the U.S.

Most Brits in the U.S. welcome guests from the Motherland from time to time. While expats may already be used to the American life, visitors are naturally not.

If you’re a British traveler setting your sights on the U.S., these tips will help you blend in more easily:

Complete Address

Be ready with your host’s complete street address. – you need to write it down for the immigration paperwork. Even if someone’s meeting you at the airport, you still need to give authorities an address for the entire duration of your stay in the U.S. Remember, it has to be complete.

Hot Summers

If you’re coming in the summer, make it a point to use sunscreen when you’re outside. It can get extremely hot, especially in some areas. Even in Chicago, which is in the north, the lattitude is 42N (to help yo upicture it out, Leeds is 53.7 N).

Controversial Topics

It’s best to avoid starting a discussion on delicate topics such as religion and politics. Brits can argue with anyone and later have a beer with their debate opponent, but not Americans, especially if they hardly know the person.

Health Insurance

A lot of Brits don’t realize just how pricey medical treatment in the U.S. can be. Also remember that you may have to pay from your own pocket and then apply for reimbursement on your trip back home. In other words, prepare liquid funds when coming to the U.S.

Toiletries

Forget about packing some toiletries – you can buy them in the U.S. too. Besides, they weigh a ton and you’ll only end up wasting baggage allowance. Most probably, your host has bought some toiletries for you anyway.

Shopping Nuances

When you go shopping, don’t assume that the visible price is all you need to pay. Sales tax, which applies to most states, won’t appear on the tag. And there’s no tourist tax refund as with VAT, though you may not have to pay tax if you’re shipping back to the U.K.

And speaking of shopping, be sure to leave ample room in your suitcase for that new wardrobe you’ll be buying. Most Brits go wild shopping in the U.S. because everything is much cheaper compared tothe U.K.

Lastly, when you go shopping at the grocery store, don’t bag your own goods. Nobody expects you to, generally speaking, and you may even cause a bit of a fuss if you attempt. Just stand and wait for the checkout person to do their thing. There are going to be exceptions, and your common sense will tell you when you’re in one. If other customers are bagging their own goods, maybe you should too.

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