Travelling to the US is always exciting because of the sheer diversity this country offers in terms of what you can do and see. No wonder, the US is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and all airlines have flights to US cities.
However, for first time travellers, US can be intimidating because of the difference in language and culture. It's also very distinct from Japan, and this is why we thought we would give you some tips to make your first trip to the US a memorable one.
US still uses the old British measurement system, which the British doesn't use anymore! So, its inches, feet, miles, gallon and pounds, not the metric units. Electricity is 110 volts at 60 cycles, and not 220 volts and 50 cycles, which the rest of the world follows.
While driving a car, remember each of the 50 states have their own rules and regulations. Though they are similar in many ways, there are also subtle differences that can get you in trouble if you're not attentive.
Tipping is a common practice across all restaurants. In fact, waiters and waitresses are paid less on the assumption that they earn more money on tips. The standard rate is 15 percent of your total bill.
Americans are a friendly bunch, so don't get offended if someone standing in a queue or sitting next to you begins a conversation with you.
American Independence Day, which falls on 4th July, is a festive day with parades, picnics and fireworks dotting the sky. It's an important holiday here.
National parks abound in the US, and most of it is free. It's also easy to access for people with any mobility level.
American cuisine is unique and diverse, so make sure you try the local favorites.
The US has the best craft beer in the world, and local breweries are the best at it.
Laundry machines and parking meters take only quarters, so make sure you have them handy before using these machines.
University sports is a big thing in the US, so while you're here, try to catch at least one sport for the spirit of it.
We hope you have a fun trip in the US, as it's filled with a lot of pleasant surprises.