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Every culture is different, and has different styles of etiquette, or unique set of rules and expectations on how to behave in different situations. Every culture has its own etiquette that tourists frequently aren’t aware. It doesn’t matter where you travel—you should never insult the people who live there by dismissing their customs and knowing the right etiquette can help you enjoy your holidays and make local friends.  Here are a handful of ‘faux pas’ you don’t want to commit while travelling:


▪   No tipping. Tipping your servers in Japan will just confuse them.

▪  Escalators have one side for standing and one side for passing. Make sure you’re on the correct side. But keep an eye on what  people are doing since in some cities you stand on the left, and in other cities you stand on the right.

▪   Don’t walk around while you eat. This is just not acceptable in Japan.

▪    If you’re looking to compliment your host try burping. They’ll be flattered.


▪   ‘Parlez vous français’. Don’t expect to get by with English in France. The French have great pride in their language, and are somewhat  resentful of its decline on the world stage. They don’t appreciate switching from French to another language at home.

▪    Avoid talking about money issues. The French have a strong distaste for discussing financial matters openly. You’ll put people in an uncomfortable spot to talk about how much they make or spent on something.

▪    Don’t rush while you eat. If you eat your food quickly, people will assume that you are a slob. The French take great pride in their cuisine, so savor what you eat. French lunches are known to last three hours long!


▪    Leave home without it: you probably won’t find that many places where your   credit card will be accepted. Cash is king.

▪   Avoid making casual political criticisms. Russians view these kind of statements from tourists as personal insults, as if you consider them personally at fault for these problems, and not the government.

▪ Don’t go with the flow. If a situation arises and you’re not sure what is going on, try to ask someone. If you keep quiet, people will assume you understand what’s happening and won’t go out of their way to help you.

▪ If you bring someone flowers, make sure the bouquet has an odd number of flowers in it. Even numbered bouquets are reserved for funerals. A dozen roses would creep Russians out.


▪   Do not complain about the food. It is insulting to your host. Don’t eat something you don’t want to eat, but don’t offend the people who served it to you.

▪   No public kissing. This can even result in jail time.

▪  People usually don’t socialize while eating in India, and may take offense to being interrupted while they eat.


▪   If you’re meeting someone for the first time, stretch out your hand and say grüezi. If you meet a friend, then you kiss them three  times, offering first your right cheek, then left, the right again.

▪   When it come to punctuality, Swiss don’t take too well to tardiness they find that plain rude.

▪   Swiss love their fondue and have firm belief that only certain drinks help you best digest the cheese, so don’t be surprised if the waitress refuses to serve you a lager with your fondue.


Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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