Locals Are Sharing The Unwritten Rules That Tourists Should Know Before Traveling To Their Home Countries, And These Are Worth Studying
Different cultures and countries have different norms, so whenever you you travel abroad, it's important to familiarize yourself with some customs and social cues abroad. So Redditor u/Skinnysaif asked, "What should tourists NEVER do in your country?" Here are some of the responses.
1."If you're visiting Portugal, don't speak to us in Spanish. You are not in Spain, and we speak Portuguese."
2."In Vietnam, commit to crossing the road. It looks scary with the endless scooter stampedes, but if you just cross at a steady pace, they'll avoid you. Do not try to dodge or make sudden movements. Just simply walk across."
3."In Finland, don't get too close to strangers. We really value personal space."
4."In England, respect the queues and do not cut. We will stare at you passive aggressively with the fury of a thousand suns."
5."In Malaysia, it is absolutely normal for someone to ask you what race you are, so don't be taken aback if you are asked. It isn't meant to be offensive. It's just general curiosity."
6."In Denmark, do not stand or walk in the bike lane. You will get yelled at...and/or hit by a cyclist."
7."I live in Singapore, and in fast food restaurants and food courts there's a common practice called chopeing where one can reserve a table by placing a packet of tissues on top. Tourists who haven't heard of this and take a reserved seat will often get dirty looks from the local who choped the table."
8."In Korea, the eldest person at the table should start eating first. Don't pick up your chopsticks, spoon, or whatever utensil you're using until the oldest person has started eating."