Thursday, 23 July 2015

Cultural Faux Pas

In a survey of 1000 travellers , 44% confessed to committing a cultural faux pas on holiday.

 “Getting the etiquette right for the country you are visiting can be the difference to a warm welcome or a cold shoulder” says Koko Sarkari, COO of ICE who carried out the survey.

Common Cultural faux pas to avoid in Europe

*  Waving your hand in front of someone’s face in Germany & Austria, is regarded as an offensive gesture 

*  Don’t start eating unless everyone at the table is seated and ready to start their meal in France

*  Take shoes off when entering somebody's home in Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic & Poland

*  In Bulgaria, if asked if you like something, make sure you shake your head for yes.  The gesture is reversed the other way, so remember to nod for no

*  Displaying too much flesh could see you ejected from churches in Italy and Greece, so dress modestly if you intend to visit.

*  Flashing the thumbs up sign in parts of Italy and France is regarded as an insult

*  Showing your palm of your hand to a Greek is regarded as highly offensive

*  Don’t sit down at a dinner table until you’re asked to in Austria, as you may be met with disapproving looks.

*  Putting a piece of bread on one's plate in France is poor etiquette. Leave it on the table beside the plate as bread is not considered part of a meal

*  Failing to make eye contact while clinking glasses with Germans is considered bad luck

*  In some parts of Italy and France tips are expected even when service has been added to the bill

Cross cultural faux pas to avoid in USA

*  Urinating in public is not socially acceptable anywhere, but in the USA it could land you with a fine

*  Asking where the toilet is in the USA is likely to result in a frown; call it a restroom or bathroom to avoid appearing rude.

*  Don’t steal another’s cab whilst in the Big Apple

*  Try and ensure you have change or a metro card ready when stepping up to get on a bus or approaching a turnstile for the metro in New York

*  Not to tip in the USA is considered rude, and tipping is customary in restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis.

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