Having traveled to many countries around the world, I’ve noticed some of the most common mistakes travelers make whilst abroad. Some are so used to tipping in cafes that they do it everywhere, although in Japan such act would be treated as an offence. Others sincerely present their Ukrainian friends with even flowers without counting them while the even number of flowers can be brought only to the cemetery.
That’s why I decided to collect 18 travel mistakes I noticed people doing abroad to warn others. Keep on reading and always remember to research your travel destination before leaving.
Reasons not to do it
France – In fact, asking about money is impolite in many countries but French sometimes treat this especially critically.
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 used when intended to insult another driver 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 is usually condemned.
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.
Sources: Globelink.co.uk, Bored Panda via Idealist Revolution