10 Signs of Reverse Culture Shock

I’ve been visiting the United States for a little over a week now. I’ve already experienced a bit of reverse culture shock, and have identified signs to look out for…
1. You’re no longer upset when a public restroom is out of toilet seat covers. You’re just happy it has toilet seats.
2. You catch yourself driving on the wrong side of the road, particularly after turns.
3. You still honk when approaching an intersection, just in case.
4. You find it more difficult than ever to obey traffic rules.
5. Going to the supermarket is an overwhelming experience.
6. Your stomach doesn’t particularly agree with American food.
7. You find yourself speaking slowly and enunciating every syllable because you subconsciously assume the person you’re speaking to isn’t a native English speaker.
8. You get frustrated at cash registers because you can’t easily identify your currency by color.
9. You’re not sure whether to kiss someone’s cheek once, twice, three times, or not at all upon meeting them.
10. You find it hard to relate to people who haven’t lived or travelled overseas before.


  1. How is it possible this post doesn’t have any comments?? It is so full of amazingness and TRUTH. My husband and I just moved back from living overseas and I’ve experienced a significant percentage of these feelings/situations. Also, hi! I’m Leslie. I’ve been perusing (creepin’ on?) your blog on and off for the last 24 hours (mostly during naptimes and such) and am feeling really inspired in a lot of ways from it, so thanks!

  2. I can also relate to every single one of these! What I found amusing when I went to Canada from the UK was being mistaken for Australian by the Canadians. When I returned to the UK about 10 years later it wasn’t quite so amusing to be mistaken for Australian by the British!

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