Booking your holiday? Going on a package to sunnier climates? Well here’s some information that perhaps won’t be given to you by your travel agent or Tour Operator.
The following information originated in a Quora thread, and it’s easy to see how we can cause offence to others without meaning to do so.
An especially important question as we come towards holiday seasonin the middle of holiday season – were you aware that gestures and customs from one country do not necessarily transfer well from one country to another? Or one Culture to another?
There are a number of customs and gestures that we in the UK use without a second thought. But please be aware that these could be disapproved of in other countries, and really you should make yourself (and your children!) aware of what is acceptable in the countries you plan to visit.
Here’s the first 5 examples:
This is difficult, because both over- and under-tipping can quickly make you the least popular person around. Find out what is appropriate in the country you visit.
2) Signing a “thumbs up”
In a lot of countries, especially in the Middle East, Latin America, Western Africa, Russia and Greece, a thumbs up basically has the same meaning as holding up a middle finger does for Americans.
3) Laughing with your mouth open
In Japan, laughter that exposes your teeth is considered horse-like and impolite – like noisy, open-mouthed eating is considered rude to Americans.
4) Having one hand in your pocket
This is considered arrogant in Turkey, as well as some Asian countries, like South Korea.
5) Using your left hand for anything
Not all cultures have or use toilet paper, and tend to use their left hand in lieu of it.