7 Common Behaviors That Might Embarrass You Abroad

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Last Updated on February 28, 2020

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Being able to visit other countries and immerse ourselves in a completely different culture is a great privilege. And nowadays, it is becoming easier and cheaper than ever!

All you have to do is keep an eye on your favorite travel websites or travel apps until you can find a flight ticket to a destination you are eager to visit at an affordable price. If you are more of a traditional traveler, you can even visit your local travel agency and ask a travel agent directly to see if there are any promotional offers on specific dates.

There are two things that you should always carry in your travel backpack on every trip you make: respect and tolerance. Especially when you are visiting a country whose culture is very different from yours; different habits, manners, and people.

In that case, it is always important to do some prior research and read a few destination reviews to try to understand how to minimize the culture shock as much as possible.

Because what is considered normal and ordinary in the United States can be considered rude in Russia, China, or even in another western country such as France. Or, it might even be considered a crime. If there is one thing that you are going to learn from this article, it’s that there are some strange laws around the world.

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In many cultures, tips are a form of appreciation for the quality of the service provided. In others, such as in the United States, they are almost a mandatory requirement and waiters depend on them to get a decent overall wage. Whatever the case, tips are always welcome. Except in Japan.

The Japanese culture considers that tips can be rude and even degrading. It’s like the client is assuming that the waiter needs that charitable gesture to get a reasonable salary. Some restaurants even mention at the end of the bill that their staff is paid an above-average wage, so there is no need for the client to tip.

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