After some debate, you’ve decided your next family vacation will be to The Lone Star State. It’s a good choice. Texas is a great big state that is often referred to as the “Heart of America.” Not only is this due to its size or even its heart-like shape, but also to its people. Texans are incredibly hospitable, and you shouldn’t be surprised if your heart flutters now and then at the tip of a cowboy hat. However, there are certain things you should never do in Texas as a tourist. At least, not if y’all want to stand out.

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01Don’t be shocked by the politeness

In Texas, it’s extremely common to wave at people you know and at strangers. If you’re receptive to the warmth of Texans and offer a smile, or a hello in return, your vacation will be made infinitely better. For a while, you can be one with them, and pretty soon, you might even find that kind of politeness becoming second nature.

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