Global travels enable us to build more successful personal and professional relationships in a diverse environment. I enjoy being in the U.S.A. Having lived, worked and undertaken business in many countries, I was asked ‘What should I not do when visiting the U.S.A ?.’ My online response received 5,500+ views per day for a while. So here it is…. a brief list of what one should not do when visiting the U.S.A (SMILE):
1. Shout in airports and/or public places (especially if your friend’s name is Jack) – A loud ‘Hi Jack’ could get you in a lot of trouble! 😉
2. Provoke anyone – They may have a gun (even though most people in the U.S.A may not carry a gun around) 😉
3. Carry a toy gun or anything similar (this includes your kids) 🙂
4. Wear or do anything ‘strange’ on the plane or in public places – For example, a fellow passenger on the plane alerted the authorities because he thought a math professor, who was solving math problems, was planning a terrorist attack! 🙂
5. Be in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ – This could happen in any country so it is good to be aware and careful.
6. Bring more than the allowed cash amount – currently this amount is about USD $10,000 (please verify from time to time). If you bring more than the amount allowed, it will most likely be confiscated at the airport, if not declared properly.
7. Violate laws and regulations – They are strict and it is essential to have good status as a visitor.
8. Forget to leave a tip – Waiters here depend on the tips as their salary is minimal. So a tip is customary.
9. Attempt to drive in traffic (especially in the larger cities) – It will zap your energy, take up most of your day and make you feel frustrated.
10. Have unreasonable expectations – For example, that you will find a job and get rich quick! It takes time, even for locals.
11. Attempt to do too many things in one day – The traffic and distance between places makes it a challenge to cross many things off your ‘to do’ list in one day.
12. Many more!