If you’ve ever been to a foreign country, you will know that fitting in isn’t easy. Chances are, they will have a different language, set of customs, monetary unit, and way of life. Here’s a list of things not to do if you are travelling in these 15 countries.
Don’t eat anything with your hands – Manners are more formal in the country.
Don’t raise your thumb, middle and index finger all at once – You’ll be mistaken for a Serbian nationalist.
You can get fined for a lot of things – This includes feeding birds, spitting, smoking, eating on public transport and littering.
Don’t kiss in public – You could end up in jail.
No physical contact with the opposite sex – Don’t shake hands or hug unless the locals offer.
Don’t expect a huge amount of vegan options – Not many French are vegans and few accept the practice.
Don’t talk about money – It’s taboo.
Don’t expect people to speak English – The French education system does not focus on teaching foreign languages.
Don’t tip – It’s not part of the culture.
Don’t hug people you just met – People don’t like it.
Don’t stand on the wrong side of the escalator – Do what the locals do.
Don’t patronize people – It’s a developing country, so don’t imply that you are better because you are a foreigner.
Don’t easily be offended – Mexicans have a big sense of humor, nothing off limits.
Don’t be afraid to try everything – Mexicans love when you try to speak the language or participate in customs.
8. New Zealand
Don’t confuse kiwis with aussies – They don’t like it.
Don’t make fun of rugby, “Lord of the rings” or the Queen of England – New Zealanders take all of these seriously.
Don’t freak out about people not wearing shoes – It’s normal.
Don’t stare at naked people – Norwegians change clothes in public, but people are expected to look away.
Don’t ask people about church – It’s considered rude, and most don’t attend church anyway.
Don’t expect special treatment – Norwegians are informal, and most everyone is on a first name basis with one another.
Don’t give an even number of flowers as a gift – That’s only done for the deceased.
Don’t rely on a credit card – Many places are cash only.
Don’t assume the people support anything the government does – Russians often criticize their government.
Don’t make the OK sign with your thumb and forefinger – It’s considered obscene.
Lay off the alcohol – Being drunk is seen as disgrace.
Don’t blow your nose or pick your teeth in public – These are impolite when done in restaurants, cafes and bars.
12. United Kingdom
Don’t cut in line – Queue jumping is considered a big deal.
Don’t ask how much money someone makes – Instead, just ask other related questions.
Don’t invite someone to your home – That is, unless you know them very well.
Don’t say “Top of the morning” – It’s very outdated.
Don’t attempt an Irish accent – For the Irish, there is no such thing, there are only accents from regions of Ireland.
Don’t be cheap – Don’t join in for a round at pub without being able to pay for one yourself.
Don’t do the Nazi salute – It’s a crime, and you can be arrested for it.
Don’t stare – You’ll appear uneducated or mentally ill.
Don’t be overly friendly – Germans take time to warm up to others.
Don’t wish someone a “Happy Birthday” before the actual day – There is a superstition that if you do, that person could die before the birthday.
Don’t disrespect religion – A large part of the population is religious.
Don’t be impatient – Hardly anything or anyone runs on time.
Don’t take about sex in mixed company – It’s considered wrong.
Don’t call someone by their first name – Only do it if someone uses their first name with you.