1. Americans are Extremely Friendly and Interested in Travelers.
Americans get a bad rap for not traveling internationally at the same rates as people from other countries (I’m sure they would if they got more vacation time!).
Even if Americans don’t go overseas much, I’ve found them extremely welcoming and interested in me as as traveler to their country.
I’ll never forget the Dallas city bus driver who spent the whole bus trip quizzing me about myself, New Zealand, my family, and my travels while driving the bus.
Waiting in line is fun in America because Americans are great to chat to.
2. American’s Confidence in Themselves.
I’m 100% not being sarcastic. In New Zealand, people rarely talk about their achievements and calling someone ambitious is a huge insult. I love American’s confidence in themselves.
When riding the subway in New York, it’s common to hear young Americans talking about the importance of believing in themselves.
In Brooklyn (where I spend two months each summer), people etch “believe in yourself” type quotes as graffiti in the subway and in bathrooms, or in chalk on the sidewalk.
3. Americans Like Discount Codes and Email Coupons.
I’m temperamentally frugal. It is so easy to get almost anything in the US at a discount by being smart. I Google for discount codes before making almost any purchase in the US.
Whenever I see a “promo code” box, I see it as a challenge to find one! This is fun for me as discount codes are not really “a thing” in New Zealand. I always expect sales people to turn up their noses when I use a coupon or discount code, but this rarely happens.
4. American Entrepreneurship.
I really love my iphone! Enough said!
5. American Politeness
At first I found “you’re welcome,” “have a great day,” and “using the restroom” a bit strange, but now I love these Americanisms.
I'm Kate, a vegan digital nomad from New Zealand who has been traveling full-time since May 2013. I'm an expert on saving money on trips without sacrificing comfort. My spouse and I travel on a budget of around $3000 a month. We travel in places that are traditionally considered expensive like New York and Hawaii.
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