Don't Do These 18 Things Abroad

02 Sep 2016 by Olga Brighton

Travel Information

Each country has its own laws, traditions and customs. No matter how strange you may find them its best to be aware of what is considered an ill manner, taboo, or a crime abroad. For example, did you know that it is obligatory to leave some tips in the USA while in Japan such act would be treated as an offenсe? Find out more common travel mistakes tourists make and don't do these 18 things whilst abroad.

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Reasons not to Do It

France - In fact, asking about money is impolite in many countries but this is especially true in France.

Ukraine - People in Ukraine as well as in most Slavic countries bring even number of flowers to the cemeteries.

New Zealand - Honking in New Zealand is often intended to insult another drivers pointing out that you strongly disagree with his or her actions.

India - Kissing or holding hand are also forbidden being considered as something highly inappropriate to do in public.

Japan - Japanese are proud to provide the best service as standard without waiting for the tips.

Mexico - Locals love to make jokes and they are generally fun and innocent, so treat it that way.

Norway - Many people don't go to church at all and such question would be rude to ask.

Turkey - This is an obscene gesture in Turkey.

UK - Such behaviour can make people uncomfortable.

Ireland - Locals don't think they have any accent at all. There are only accents of other parts of Ireland that they recognise as such.

Germany - People believe that the person may not live to the birthday if congratulated with it beforehand.

Kenya - Only do it after someone has called you by the name first.

Chile - Manners matter here.

Singapore - Also don't feed birds, and don't throw garbage and don't spit on the street.

USA - Tipping is obligatory and there are even rates of how much to tip for any service you use.

Italy - Of course, you can order it in the restaurant but in such case be ready for the surprised look of the waiter. Italians drink cappuccino for breakfast, that's the reason.

Hungary - Though it's an old habit, some people still prefer to avoid clinking glasses especially when drinking beer.

China - They are believed to bring bad luck when given as presents.

As they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse. So research you destination's culture well before leaving, take out travel insurance policy that suits your travel plans, and travel safe!

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