During his visit to a country he does not know, a tourist may be exposed to embarrassing situations that spoil his trip due to his ignorance of the nature of the country, its customs and traditions, which are rejected by that society.
In a report published by “marieclaire” magazine in its Russian edition, writer Sasha Barinova reviews some tips and things that you should know before visiting a number of the most prominent tourist destinations in the world.
In many countries, the use of a car horn during traffic jams is normal, but in New Zealand it is considered inappropriate behavior, whether you use it to alert pedestrians or to deal with another vehicle.
Besides the need to respect cows on the road, as the cow is a sacred animal in India, there are some other rules that must be adhered to, including not touching or cuddling a partner in a public place.
Just like India, the Japanese don’t like touching in public. If you want to show gratitude or appreciation to a Japanese citizen, don’t try to shake hands with him, as that would be considered disrespectful from his perspective. Contrary to the norm in most countries, leaving a tip to a waiter in a café or restaurant is considered impolite.
In France, it is okay to touch, shake hands, talk to others and use the car horn, but it is not acceptable to ask questions about salary and health status.
If in Italy, never order a cappuccino in a restaurant, it is inappropriate to drink this drink while sitting. If you like, order it at a coffee shop and eat it while standing.
If you are sitting in a restaurant, it is preferable to order “Americano” or “Espresso” or any other drink.
In Turkey, it is better not to use the word “OK” because a Turkish citizen may see it as an offense.
The writer says that Mexican people are known to be hot-tempered and quick to anger, so you may have a big problem because of a look or gesture of an emotional nature, or speaking in a sharp tone.
To avoid embarrassing situations, experienced tourists are advised to stick to a light and friendly smile when dealing with Mexicans.
When you visit Ireland, be very careful to avoid laughing when you hear the strange way the Irish say foreign words, as this can put you in difficult situations.
As is the case throughout Europe, freedom of belief is very important in Norway, so questions about religion should be avoided.
Just like the French and Germans, the British do not like questions about salary and income. Let’s say, for example, that you met the famous actor Daniel Craig, don’t ever think to ask him about his income from the role he played in the last part of the James Bond series.
One of the strange things about Germany is that it is inappropriate to congratulate a person on his birthday on the same day as his birthday. If you wish to compliment a German citizen, it is best to give him a gift the day before his birthday.
In Kenya you should be careful because there are some gunmen who might shoot in broad daylight. When speaking with Kenyans and East Africans in general, the family name should be avoided, and only the personal name should be used.
Chile is known for its many delicious foods and dishes, but be careful not to touch food with your hands because Chileans consider this to be rude.
When you go to a cafe or restaurant in the United States, it is better to leave a tip to the waiter, because he does not receive a fixed salary, and may provide poor service if he does not get enough money from customers.
Although China produces a huge amount of counterfeit goods from international brands, it is disrespectful to offer a fake product to a Chinese citizen.