Mack Prioleau Shares Ten Things You Should Avoid Doing in Other Countries
Having traveled to various places in the world and having friends who have done the same, I’ve learned a thing or two about usual gestures that we may have been accustomed to and that we consider normal, but which are seen as offensive in other countries. Hello once again, friends! Mack Prioleau here. Today let’s talk about some of the things we should avoid doing when visiting other countries. Here are eight of them:
1. Avoid tipping in Japan at all costs. The Japanese are known for their high standards when it comes to service so you can expect to receive exceptional service at their hotels and restaurants. They’re proud of this, and tipping may be seen as an insult.
2. Always use your right hand in India. Whether you’re receiving an item that you bought from a stall or shaking hands with a local; eating or paying, always use your right hand because the left hand is considered unclean.
3 and 4. Never honk your horn in Norway and New Zealand. Honking signals an emergency and this could cause unnecessary panic among the other drivers around you. In New Zealand, honking is regarded as insulting, so try to avoid it when you’re behind the wheel.
5. Never give even numbers of flowers in Ukraine. When you want to give someone flowers in Ukraine, make sure that the number is uneven because flowers in even numbers are given during funerals.
6. Don’t finish all the food on your plate in China. This act is seen by the host as a sign that the food they provided wasn’t filling enough for you which insults them. Leave a little on your plate. Burping out loud is also seen as a sign that you were satisfied with the meal.
7. Never give the thumbs-up sign to anyone in Iran. In Iran and other parts of the Middle East, the thumbs-up sign is regarded as a demeaning or foul gesture so to be on the good side of the locals, refrain from doing it.
8. Don’t use the OK sign in Turkey. Giving someone the OK sign may seem like approval in our country but it is seen as offensive in Turkey because giving someone the OK sign here means you think the person is a homosexual.
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