Reading this infographic about 42 of the Biggest Travel Don’ts Around The World was really eye opening. There are so many things most of us would do just out of habit while abroad that could easily be misconstrued and cause problems!
International etiquette really can be complicated. Clearing your plate in Ukraine is an insult to the chef -where I am sure most of us North Americans would find that a compliment. Similarly, the ‘ok’ gesture – an almost internationally recognized driving signal – could get you into some serious trouble in Brazil. I can also bet you didn’t know that showing up on time for dinner in Venezuela could make you seem greedy to locals, showing up late is actually the norm!
Did you know that in England you will want to ensure you walk on the left or stand on the right when taking an escalator? Then again, I’d love to know why this isn’t proper etiquette everywhere! There is nothing quite as frustrating as people who insist on standing in groups blocking anyone from walking further up the escalator. Anyway, I digress…
Curious about the unspoken rules and regulations of other countries? Check out this compilation of the biggest Travel Don’ts around the world! You will want to keep these tips in mind before your trip abroad to avoid making an etiquette faux pas during your next trip abroad!
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Sunday 11th of September 2016
Great list of do/don't mannerisms while travelling abroad
Sunday 21st of February 2016
I live in Canada and I have never heard of it being illegal to drink outdoors.... Of course there would be some exceptions, like anywhere in the world. But this post insinuated that you can't drink alcohol outdoors at all, which is simply unCantrue.
Monday 22nd of February 2016
I think they misconstrued the laws about open containers in public with not being able to drink your back yard or licences patios etc.. but they aren't too far off as there are many countries where you can drink in public.
Wednesday 16th of September 2015
As a general rule it is frequently considered crass and boorish to talk about income or how much you paid for something. Europeans find this particularly off-putting about people from the USA, Middle-East and India (some).
Saturday 25th of October 2014
This is very interesting,thanks for all the information
Sunday 19th of October 2014
Omg I really enjoyed this post.Thanks for sharing