Who doesn’t like traveling abroad? But in our excitement of exploring new places, we often forget to research a bit on their traditions and customs. The result- we might end up hurting the sentiments of our generous hosts.
Here are 18 things that you should never do while traveling to these countries:
Reasons not to Do It:
Talking about money is considered rude and downright offensive.
If you are giving someone flowers make sure they are odd in number. Even flowers are presented at cemeteries.
For New Zealanders, honking is a sign that you disagree with the driver’s method and not a plea to move aside. Honk with caution unless you want to pick a fight.
Any Personal display of affection, like kissing or hand-holding is to be strictly kept off from the public view.
Don’t try to tip at any of Japan’s eating establishments.
Be prepared for their appetite for humor and don’t take offense at the locals’ jokes.
Going to the Church is not usually there and therefore must not ask them.
Don’t comment on their accent, for them, the accent is for every other region and not them.
If you wish someone a Happy Birthday in advance, you are jeopardizing their chances to live to see the day.
The locals are very particular about manners.
Don’t trash the streets in any way. Not even feeding strays and birds.
In stark contrast to Japan, the Americans are very particular about tipping the staff and even have set rules on what percentage to tip depending on the service you have used.
No cheers for beers. That is because they would rather not clink their glasses or bottles while sharing drinks.
Never give a clock or umbrella as presents, they signify bad luck.
While in a restaurant for a meal, avoid ordering a cappuccino, as they prefer to have it with their breakfast.
The universal gesture for Okay is rude here.
Asking someone about their salary is bad manners.
Don’t address a person by their name unless they initiate it.
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