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  • What weird habits should Americans leave at home when traveling abroad?

  • What physical feature do Europeans thinks Americans are far too obsessed with?

  • Find Out in 10 Things Americans Do That Confuse The Rest Of The World!

  • Number 10.

  • "Price Tags" If you are an American and have ever worked

  • in a retail environment you may have come across this scenario, a foreigner comes up

  • to the register to pay and seems to be blindsided by the fact that you are asking them to pay

  • a different price than what is on the tag.

  • This is caused by the fact that most countries in the world include tax in the shelf price,

  • whereas the United States doesn't.

  • Many people have come to believe that this is just America being weird and over complicated

  • but there is solid reasoning behind the practice.

  • In many countries throughout the world all goods are sold with a standardized national

  • sales tax that remains the same no matter wherever you shop.

  • However, in the United States every state has a different sales tax, these states may

  • even have different city and county sales taxes depending on where you go.

  • In fact there are over 10,000 different tax jurisdictions in the U.S.

  • This combined with the fact that there are some things that have their own individual

  • sales tax like tobacco and alcohol would make it extremely complicated for retailers to

  • have to factor in tax into all there price shelves.

  • It might also result in stores relatively close to each other yet in different tax zones

  • having drastically different shelf prices making them appear less competitively priced.

  • Number 9.

  • "Driving" Many foreigners especially those from Europe

  • who are used to living in more densely populated places with many options for public transportation

  • are shocked when they visit the United States and realize just how much driving Americans

  • do.

  • Because America is so spread out and the fact that many large population centers are hundreds

  • of miles apart from each other we have become dependent on our vehicles and highway system.

  • Many Americans frequently enjoy long driving vacations that Europeans would consider ridiculously

  • tedious.

  • When traveling from country to country in Europe most people opt to take trains where

  • they can relax and the only thing they have to worry about is is getting their

  • passport stamped when crossing borders.

  • Because you don't need a passport when crossing from state to state and America's streamlined

  • interstate road system taking road trips has become a thrilling adventure.

  • Number 8.

  • "Vacation Days" One of the most confusing things that people

  • from other countries don't understand is how Americans are expected to work basically every

  • day of the year.

  • As far as first-world or industrial countries go the United States has one of the lowest

  • amounts of government sanctioned holidays with the average worker receiving only 16

  • paid holiday and vacation days.

  • Technically, there is no labor law in the United States that requires companies to give

  • any vacation time at all.

  • In fact, 25% of the American workforce receives no vacation benefits.

  • This is staggeringly different from the European Union which has a law in place that guarantees

  • every citizen at least a month of paid vacation time.

  • There aren't many countries complaining about the law either as many go above and beyond

  • this total.

  • Austria is known for having the most governmentally ordered holidays and vacations with thirty-five

  • altogether.

  • Number 7 "Freedom Food" Americans traveling abroad have often been

  • found to find foods sorely lacking in flavor compared the food they are used to and on

  • the flipside Foreigners commonly have been astonished at just how much sugar and salt

  • American foods have.

  • Most Americans have been raised thinking that foods packed with salt and sugar are supposed

  • to taste that way but the world says otherwise.

  • Our national addiction to extra flavor is one of the main reasons that the United States

  • is one of the leading countries when it comes to obesity and heart disease.

  • But Americans aren't about to change their ways any time soon, in fact they keep coming

  • up with ways to perplex outsiders.

  • One of the things that foreigners find most peculiar is the American obsession with combing

  • salty food with sweet foods like chicken and waffles, McGriddles, salt water taffy and

  • the infamous Apple Pie with cheese on top.

  • And speaking of cheese you might think that because European countries like France and

  • Switzerland are known for their cheeses that they consume just as much as Americans do

  • but this is not the case.

  • Even the French and Swiss are shocked when they come to the US and see just how many

  • of our dishes revolve around large amounts of cheese.

  • Number 6.

  • "Water Ways" Just because that fancy bottled water you

  • buy says it was bottled in France doesn't mean that the French are drinking it.

  • In fact it is incredibly rare to find anyone in Europe drinking bottled water in their

  • homes, reserving their consumption for when they are on the go.

  • Americans have been eschewing tap water for bottled water at a skyrocketing rate over

  • the past two decades with bottled water officially becoming the biggest selling packaged beverage

  • in the nation as of 2017.

  • Although it is never a bad thing to consume more water especially when the American beverage

  • of choice before 2017 was soda-pop, the fact is most tap water in the country has been

  • scientifically proven to be just as healthy as bottled water, sometimes more so because

  • of the naturally occurring minerals it provides.

  • Is this something that the rest of the world has known all along?

  • Not necessarily, the truth is many countries like those in Europe are much more eco-conscious

  • than America whether they are cognisant of it or not.

  • Foreigners find it very strange that Americans would pay good money for something that is

  • free and has the added consequence of creating excess amounts of garbage and pollution.

  • This isn't the only wasteful practice that outsiders find silly.

  • Tourists from around the world are shocked at how much water the toilets in American

  • bathrooms contain.

  • Americans traveling abroad can note that most toilets use only about half the water that

  • those in the U.S. do.

  • Europeans are also often confused by the fact that American electrical outlets don't have

  • on/off switches on them, which is a common feature of those in many European countries.

  • These on/off switches allow people to turn of the unnecessary electricity flowing to

  • gadgets when they aren't being used whereas in American homes they have to be unplugged

  • if you want the flow to stop.

  • There are many devices that continue to use electricity once they are powered off, wasting

  • valuable amounts of electricity..

  • Number 5.

  • "Hollywood Smile" Another place that foreigners think Americans

  • are wasting water is at the Dentist's office.

  • While dental hygiene in other countries may not be as bad as it is stereotyped to be,

  • like in England, they aren't quite as obsessed with attaining or maintaining the perfect

  • smile in the way that Americans have.

  • Where Americans have been known to spend thousands of dollars on braces and whitening procedures

  • in order to get a pearly white Hollywood grill many foreigners are content with crooked and

  • discolored teeth as long as they aren't falling out or making them look like Nosferatu.

  • Most foreigners from first world nations care about their teeth, they just haven't become

  • indoctrinated with the intense beauty standards American society has made a part of its culture

  • in regards to dental perfection.

  • In many countries, having a brighter than normal smile that is unnaturally straight

  • is viewed as superficial to the point of being unattractive or off-putting.

  • Number 4.

  • "Dining Out" Tipping your server and taking home leftover

  • food.

  • Two habits that are so ingrained in the American dining experience that they can be hard to

  • kick, but rest assured if you try doing these outside of the US you are sure to draw confused

  • looks and reveal your Stars and Stripes.

  • In most Asian and European countries a service charge is either already included in your

  • bill or it is not customary to leave a tip.

  • In many places if you do try to tip you can offend your waiter, this is because a tip

  • can be seen as a person having pity on their server or offering some sort of charity.

  • In some countries giving good service is expected whereas in the United States the food industry

  • has become a sort of meritocracy, governed by the consumer

  • Foreigners see this as absurd, why should a server be rewarded for something they should

  • be doing in the first place?

  • However, In places where tipping is insulting waitstaff aren't ridiculously underpaid like

  • they are in the U.S.

  • The other habit that can draw the scoffs of onlookers at a restaurant outside the United

  • States is asking for a 'doggy bag' or 'to-go box'.

  • In many countries, especially European ones the idea of saving a hot meal at a restaurant

  • in order to reheat it and eat it at home is a disgusting prospect.

  • Many dining cultures believe that the food is meant to be eaten exactly how it is prepared

  • by the chef or cook at that moment, not to be consumed after the various sauces and meat

  • juices congeal or have their perfect grilling or baking sullied by your microwave.

  • A lot of the reason that Americans have developed this custom of bringing scraps home with them

  • is due to portion sizes being generally much larger in the States than elsewhere.

  • This may be a result of capitalist consumers becoming obsessed with getting their money's

  • worth causing restaurants to have slowly battled to stuff people's gullets.

  • Number 3.

  • "Beverage Customs" If you are an American and traveling overseas

  • don't expect to receive ice in your beverages and if you are brazen enough to ask for some

  • ice be prepared for 'oh, you must be American' look.

  • It is very uncommon for drinks to be served with ice anywhere in the world other than

  • the United States and you'll be lucky to find a restaurant that can even provide it upon

  • request.

  • The practice of putting drinks on ice was started in the United States and never really

  • caught on elsewhere as many foreigners feel like it is a waste of space that will only

  • result in your drink being watered down.

  • When most Europeans dine out they tend to drink their beverages much slower and enjoy

  • them whereas Americans often drink several beverages during a meal or drink them on the

  • go.

  • This is also one of the reasons that the American practice of 'free refills' is confounding

  • to foreigners.

  • American tourists going out of the country should not expect this hospitality and be

  • prepared to pay full price for every beverage they consume.

  • The common American ritual of ordering a coffee to-go is also one that confuses outsiders.

  • In other parts of the world coffee is usually only enjoyed when a person is stationary in

  • their house or at a restaurant and in many countries you will be hard-pressed to find

  • so much as a disposable coffee cup let alone a drive-thru Dunkin Donuts.

  • Number 2.

  • "Alcohol Laws" One of things that confuses foreigners the

  • most about Americans is our countries drinking age.

  • Many countries have drinking ages but to them the idea of waiting until you are 21 is a

  • bit extreme especially when a person can be drafted into the military at age 18.

  • Over half of the nations in the world allow young adults to purchase alcohol once they

  • reach 18 or 19 whereas the most extreme drinking ages (where alcohol isn't prohibited) can

  • be found in India where depending on where you go the age restriction can be as high

  • as 30.

  • Most countries in mainland Europe have their drinking ages set at 16 or 17.

  • In Germany, a country long rumored to have no drinking age at all the age limit for beer

  • and wine is 16 while you must be 18 in order to buy liquor.

  • In Southeast Asia as well as China there is no set drinking age at all.

  • Number 1.

  • "High School Graduations" Americans have a habit of making an excuse

  • to celebrate anything and are known throughout the world for taking mundane events and pushing

  • them to the extreme.

  • This is might be because Americans don't get enough paid vacation or holidays but the point

  • is you would be hard pressed to find traditions like Prom or Homecoming anywhere outside the

  • U.S. Outsiders see how lavish and complex some of the pomp and circumstance surrounding

  • these seemingly meaningless celebrations are and are confused as to what the hoopla is

  • all about.

  • One of the biggest events that Americans have overblown is High School Graduation, a truly

  • American celebration.

  • In most other countries graduating from high school is seen as one of life's important

  • stepping stones but it isn't treated like it is in America, almost on par with a wedding

  • or birth of a baby.

  • In fact, countries like England don't have ceremonies at all for high school graduation,

  • most students just hope they got good grades on their exams, get into a good university

  • and carry on with their lives, waiting to celebrate once they have a degree.

  • What do you think is the strangest thing that Americans are known for?

What weird habits should Americans leave at home when traveling abroad?

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/07/06
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