American Tourists Are Being Given Advice For Visiting The UK And It’s Weird

October 23, 2015

America’s a great place to visit. From the Statue of Liberty to the White House to the Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a nearly unending supply of things to see and experience. However, to an American, the U.K’s just as an exciting prospect; after all… whilst we may not quite have the same amount of geography as them, we do have an incredible amount of history!

Every year over two million American tourists visit Britain, excited at the prospect of visiting famous sites and land marks, many of them older than their entire country!

The thing is though…

Whilst it’s great that so many Americans choose to visit the UK, you may, if you’ve ever met a tourist from the good ol’ US of A, have wondered why they were acting so… well, strangely… towards you.

The www.CRUISE.co.uk team decided to investigate and it seems that our colonial cousins are being given some rather strange advice for when they visit Britain.

Below are some of our favourite pieces of advice they’re given, culled from actual travel guides and publications published on the other side of the Atlantic!

Enjoy…

 

Yup! We’re all really rude…

Don’t talk to anyone. Brit’s are reserved and won’t like it

 

It’s not that we love it… We’re just really good at it!

ALWAYS queue! British people LOVE queueing!

 

It’s OK if you don’t put it on your dessert (just barely)

Make sure you put vinegar on everything – It’s expected!

 

What you call formal we call casual

Always dress formally so you don’t look out of place. Brit’s dress a lot more formally than we do

 

If you’re lucky we might offer you iced tea… (but probably not)

Don’t expect to drink anything except tea, even in summer

 

Not everyone…!

Don’t worry about using the bins. Everyone in Britain litters

 

We’re pretty sure you wont!

Don’t forget… Don’t tip. You’ll offend your server.

 

Cheers for that!

Never say thank you, say cheers instead as this is the official thank you of Britain.

 

Actually… We really, really do hate this!

If someone greets you by saying “you alright?” they’re not really asking; this is just how British people say hello. The correct response is “yeah, you?”

 

Yeah but you’ll have fun!

Don’t ever accept an invitation for a ‘quick drink’. This is a common British trap and will result in you staying out till 3am and becoming severely intoxicated!

 

Look away, look away NOW!

Don’t make eye contact with Brits… They don’t like it!

 

We’re not that sarcastic

Brits are always sarcastic so don’t take anything they say too seriously

 

No we don’t

Make sure you never compliment anyone. Brits hate compliments

If it’s summer a cider might (might) be acceptable… Make sure you order it in a manly voice though

If you’re male don’t buy anything but beer in a pub

 

Sorry but this is true . Sorry if it offends you. Sorry.

If you’re male don’t buy anything but beer in a pub

 

Why would you hug a stranger? EVER!

Don’t hug anyone in Britain unless you know them… For some reason they find it odd and uncomfortable to receive hugs from strangers

 

Umm what? When was this advice given? 1850?

Don’t hug anyone in Britain unless you know them… For some reason they find it odd and uncomfortable to receive hugs from strangers

 

So… that was… strange!

We can only hope that not too many people are put off from visiting us after reading these bits of (well we hesitate to call them advice) in American tour guides.

What’s the stupidest piece of advice you’ve ever been given when visiting another country?

Do you have any tips for people Visiting The UK?

Let us know in the comments below…

 

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