Etiquette

  • Greeting It's common for Americans to hug everyone, including strangers, but if you're in doubt, shake hands.
  • Smoking Don't assume you can smoke – even if you're outside. Most Americans have little tolerance for smokers and have even banned smoking from many parks, boardwalks and beaches.
  • Punctuality Do be on time. Many folks in the US consider it rude to be kept waiting.
  • Smiling Americans smile a lot; doing the same and having a cheerful attitude will help break the ice.