It is important to keep in mind that travelling to different countries means you need more preparation especially in learning the travel etiquette. It is because every country has different culture which make them apply different codes and rules. Travelers are visitors so it is a must to follow the travel etiquette to respects the people in the countries they are visiting. If you are planning to visit other countries, make sure to know things that can offend them so you know not to do any of them during your visit.
Avoid offending people when travelling to different countries
Culture around the world is diverse. We live believing one thing and it may not be the same for others born in different place. However, it is a must to respect each other regardless of the culture or things you believe in. When travelling to other countries, these things might offend the locals:
Eating with your left hand. Most countries in the Middle East, India, and some parts of Africa, people usually use right hand for eating. Meanwhile, left hand is used for doing something considered dirty such as to be used in the bathroom. If you eat using your left hand, the locals might lose their appetite especially if you eat in communal area where the locals are.
Sitting in the back seat of the taxi when you are alone. In New Zealand and Australia, this thing is considered impolite or unusual. Most people there sitting in the front seat when catching the cab alone. There is no rule saying that you must not sit in the back seat. But if you do, the drivers might think you are stuck up.
Be careful when giving flowers especially if you are travelling to Ukraine. The number of flower can signify different meanings. For example, even numbers of flowers are only reserved for funeral bouquets. If you want to give flowers to your friends during your visit in Ukraine, make sure that the numbers are odd not even unless you are giving it during a funeral.
Be careful with your gesture such as when you use V gesture with your hand. V is not only considered a good gesture especially in the United Kingdom. If you use two fingers with the palm inward. It is considered insulting. Hence, flip your hand around for the palm to face forward instead so the meaning is more peaceful than offending. However, in most Asian countries, V gesture with hands or fingers are common and don’t have offensive meaning. In fact, people there often take a picture with V hands.
Be mindful when using your foot to gesture something. Avoid using foot to point out something especially when you are travelling in Asia, the Middle East, and India. Foot is considered the lowest and most unclean part of the body as well in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist countries. Hence, do not point anything using any part of your foot even if it is only your toe because it means you are being disrespectful.