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  1. DIY Travel HQ
    15.June.2017 @ 1:38 am

    I’ve been here for the past few months so this was really helpful & interesting to read. I don’t agree with the tipping culture but I am learning to accept it as a reality of life!

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    • sarah
      16.June.2017 @ 2:18 am

      I don’t agree with it either, but I have been on that side of it. After living abroad though, it bothers me. Sales tax too. Why can’t we just add it into the price?! Coming back and buying things here has been my biggest culture shock!

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  2. Rebecca Hall (@BeyondBex)
    14.June.2017 @ 4:19 pm

    Very interesting insights. Also worth noting they won’t let you pay with a debit card for hiring a car, it has to be a credit card (?!). They couldn’t explain to me why and I had to get myself a credit card after many years of not bothering with one because I just used my debit card (that had a Visa symbol on it).

    Also, in the San Juan islands off Seattle, no car hire company offered insurance with the rental. They said my holiday insurance should cover it.
    Really weird because I’ve researched it since and no holiday insurance I’ve come across offered from the UK (where I’m from) offers to cover car hire – they say that should come direct from the company.

    Finally, yes – the tipping is a lot to get used to. I guess because we pay everyone a higher wage to begin with. Also, it creates a culture of ‘I can behave how I want and be rude, I’ll get tipped anyway’ and a culture of people being nice to you not from genuiness, but because they are calculating how much money they’ll get based on how nice they are.

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    • sarah
      20.June.2017 @ 11:43 pm

      I didn’t even think about the debit card vs credit card for cars! I will add that in – it’s definitely a valid point.

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  3. WorldGlimpses
    14.June.2017 @ 6:20 am

    Useful tips. Love that “melting pot of cultures” comparison. And didn’t know about 20 percent tipping as a “must”! Never been to the States yet, so it’s good to know, thanks! 🙂

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    • sarah
      14.June.2017 @ 10:24 am

      20% is standard, no matter what people tell you. Unfortunately there is so much anger and distaste toward tipping and I agree, it’s total shit, but I’ve also been the person with a $0.00 paycheck and only made $300 in two weeks of full time serving work, so… goes both ways I guess.

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  4. Bistra | The Magic of Traveling
    14.June.2017 @ 12:34 am

    This was a good introduction to the USA! First-time travelers will find it very useful! Thank you!

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  5. A Taste for Travel
    13.June.2017 @ 9:49 pm

    Some handy information here! One of the things I love about the US is how different the landscape is across the country. From New Mexico’s high dessert to Florida’s white sand beaches it’s a fascinating place for travellers to explore

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    • sarah
      14.June.2017 @ 5:40 am

      very true! Where is your favourite place in the US?

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  6. Rebecca Hall (@BeyondBex)
    13.June.2017 @ 6:31 pm

    As someone who’s spent time in Seattle (from England), I have to say I love the States. But yes, this tipping thing does get me because I’ve received really, really poor service in the past (thing chewing gum and rolling of eyes) and I STILL have to give a tip??!!
    It’s almost created a culture of ‘Well, they’re gonna tip me anyway so I can behave how I want.’ Bone of contention with my ‘cousins across the Pond’, I know…but an interesting discussion!

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    • sarah
      20.June.2017 @ 11:45 pm

      I think the serving thing goes both ways. I had some really bad servers in Australia and NZ because they make $20/hr untipped. I’ve had horrible service in the States. My New Zealand boss told me that he liked hiring Americans because we generally make great servers (because we work for tips) in a country that isn’t used to stellar service.

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