17 April 2013 12:38 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in 2011, the Economist published a map of the Us matching each state with a national economy of similar size. It threw up some eyeopening similarities – Mississippi with Bangladesh, Texas with Russia, California with Italy – with the overall result of making the States seem like a much more familiar and approachable place. But if you were travelling to the Us for the first time, as a travel guide this approach has its limitations. Thinking that Nevada is just like Peru, or that Minnesota celebrates the same cultural traditions as Thailand is only going to lead to confusion (and possibly a jail sentence). But substitute dry financial information with the rich sociological material of TV shows and the result is way more helpful.

And from this you can easily derive this handy list of Top Travel Tips:

1) The Following are everywhere

2) If you want to buy drugs, Maryland and New Mexico should be on your itinerary. »

- Cath Murphy

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