It’s said that, when you’re in Rome, you should do as the
Romans do. But when you don’t know what the Romans consider customary, it’s
easy to end up looking like a classless, impolite foreigner.
So as to not get branded with a scarlet “T” (for tourist)
when you travel, we’ve put together a roundup of cultural customs you should
adhere to when visiting some countries around the world.
Eat Only with the
Right Hand in India: In India and a number of Middle Eastern countries, the left
hand is considered unclean because it’s the hand traditionally used for
cleaning oneself. In most circumstances, stick with the right hand when eating
or receiving food.
Mind Your Hand
Gestures in Indonesia: Now that scores of American women are off to Bali to find
love (thanks Elizabeth Gilbert!), it’s
important to know you should never point at someone with the index finger or
touch someone on the head, which is considered the most sacred part of the
human body. Both are considered rude.
Blow Your Nose
Discretely in Ecuador: In the U.S. it’s not unusual to see people blowing their
nose in public, especially in cities like New York and Chicago where commuters
have limited privacy when crammed in trains, buses and work cubicles with
others. This is considered highly offensive in Ecuador; always retreat to the
bathroom to take care of business.
Take Your Shoes Off
in Thailand: If you find yourself entering someone’s home or a religious
temple in Thailand and other parts of Asia like Japan, Korea and Vietnam leave
your shoes, and the filth embedded under them at the door, pointing toward the world outside.
–and-Personal in Argentina: Americans value their personal space when conversing with
others face-to-face and tend to find people who get too close for comfort a bit
“creepy”. Put that notion aside when visiting Argentina and other Latin American
countries, where standard distance between two people chatting is an intimate
one or two feet. Don’t back away from the other person either – it’s considered
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Everything You Need to Know About Sweden’s Waffle DayComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
It's an entire holiday about waffles. 'Nuff said....read more
The Falling Euro Might Help Your Dream VacationComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Your European vacation may suddenly be more affordable than you thought....read more
The World's Smallest Countries...Maybe.Comments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
Judging the 'smallest' nation in the world is surprisingly tricky....read more
Neighborhood Spotlight: Fairfax VillageComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Eat, shop, and be entertained in this hip L.A. district!...read more
5 Essential Wrinkle-Free Packing TipsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
The last thing you want to deal with after a long flight is a wrinkled wardrobe!...read more
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2015 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #602785938, Florida: SOT #ST38063