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6 Biggest Culture Shocks Americans Have Experienced Within the United States

You don’t have to travel overseas to experience culture shock because there are plenty of differing cultures within the confines of the United States! Some people think some states are so different that they may as well be different countries.

Recently, men and women met in an online discussion to reveal the biggest culture shocks Americans have experienced when traveling within the country.

If all you’ve known is humid weather, encountering mild climates is a total shock to your system! “Believe it or not, for me, the air was a shock the first time I visited Wyoming after living in Louisiana my whole life,” confesses one man.

1. Humidity-Free Weather

Sadly, in many areas of the country, just a few city blocks separate the haves and the have-nots. It’s a sad state of affairs. I live in New England, and driving through South Carolina was both beautiful and extremely depressing,” reports one woman.

2. Housing Disparity

Amazing craft beer can be found in all but one U.S. state: Utah. Sure, Utah-brewed craft beer technically exists, but due to antiquated laws over alcohol content in beer, none of their brews top the 5% alcohol-by-volume mark.

3. Bizarre Beer

Every person who’s ever lived in the northeastern United States confesses the same thing when they first travel south: They are blown away by the dialects and accents of Southerners!

4. Unfamiliar Dialects

Depending on where you live in the United States, there are different rules regarding addressing your elders. Sometimes, it’s challenging to keep track! When I was in elementary school, my family moved from Indiana to Texas for a few years,” explains one woman.

5. Common Courtesy

Surfers worldwide tip their hats to Hawaiian residents: They will drop what they’re doing on any given day if the ocean starts calling their names. It doesn’t matter if they own restaurants or bars; it’s common to see signs reading, “Closed early, waves are good” all over the Hawaiian islands.

6. Hawaiian Surf Culture

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