42 of the Biggest Travel Don’ts Around The World

Last Updated on February 5, 2021

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!

42 of the Biggest Travel Don’ts Around The World

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19 thoughts on “42 of the Biggest Travel Don’ts Around The World

  1. I always love these kinds of things. I have only been to a couple of foreign countries (aside from the US) and it’s always amazing to me how many tourists from all over will expect the culture to conform to what they’re used to. I’m saddened that we’re not allowed to drink outside in Canada! What!

  2. Omg this is such great information! i love this type of stuff i took a cultural learning class and loved learning all these things! it is useful with dealing with people from diff countries and learning stuff! great info!

  3. Wow, this is quite interesting. I sent the link to your post to my husband, he loves LOVES this kind of stuff. Very ‘unique’ facts for sure…thank you for sharing!

  4. This is a really helpful list and love the info-graphic format, thanks! I can imagine a lot of tourists patting or rubbing the heads of children in Thailand without knowing its a faux pas

  5. I love learning about cultural habits and do’s and don’ts from around the world. It is good to know these things when you are travelling.

  6. We have been travelling a lot, mostly to mexico, dr and cuba, if we plan to go overseas I am going to check this out again

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

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