Non-Americans Are Sharing The Things They Wish Americans Knew Before Traveling, And I'm Taking Notes
Read this before you book your next trip abroad.
Every country has its own norms and customs to keep in mind when you travel. So Redditor u/fanclubpending asked, "Non-Americans of Reddit, what is one thing you wish Americans knew before visiting your country?" Here are some of their responses.
1. "We speak Portuguese in Brazil, not Spanish."
3. "Bali is not the only island that is worth visiting in Indonesia."
4. "Not everyone who lives in Amsterdam smokes weed. It's mostly foreigners who come here and smoke marijuana."
5. "The further you go south in Mexico, you need to be more aware that a quesadilla may not come with cheese, despite sounding like it should."
7. "In Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid is exactly that. She is tiny, and most tourists are disappointed by her."
8. "Switzerland is expensive and you should know that."
"Don't make that surprised face when you have to pay $14 for that sweet chicken teriyaki footlong." —u/Nimrods_Legacy
9. "Africa is a continent, made up of 54 different countries."
11. "In Austria, always remember: the schnitzel is sacred. You do not request any changes to the schnitzel you order."
12. "Stop with the locks on our bridges."
14. "The U.K. isn't just London."
16. "Madagascar is an inhabited island with actual humans...not just lemurs."
17. "In the U.K., most of us don't really care what the Royal Family is up to. Deaths, weddings, births, we're not really paying attention — unless we get a free holiday out of it."
18. "Ireland's Cliffs of Moher are beautiful, but this isn't Disneyland. If you turn to the cliff edge and take a selfie, it's a long way down to the sea."
19. "Paris isn't France and France isn't Paris. Don't think you know France if you only went to Paris. Most of the country is really different."
20. "I know it doesn't apply to every American, but please learn a few words in the language of the country you are visiting, and please understand that not everyone speaks English."
21. "Sydney, Australia gets more rain than London. About double! We just get it in fewer days, in larger amounts."
23. "Don't touch monuments and pieces of art, even if they are frescos, columns, or statues. And don't write on them."
24. "Be careful what you're saying in a public place. Many people speak English and understand you."
25. "In Ireland, everyone comes to hit up the big spots, but I think the best thing to do is to rent your own car (if you can) and head out on your own with an itinerary in your head."
"I'm talking about things like Temple Bar in Dublin. Just go a couple of streets over for proper Dublin pubs. And although the Cliffs of Moher are spectacular, the next peninsula over Loop head has equally amazing cliffs. They're much quieter and you can spend a day tipping around the lovely little villages on the peninsula." —u/springpringle