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Offensive American Social Norms When Travelling Abroad

By reading these tips, you will be surprised by some of the things that happen in America. Those things that are treated as norms and which can be seen as strange acts by other people are explained on this page.

Americans believe in tipping, and whenever you are served, you must motivate the attendant. Failure to do so then you will be seen to be so ungrateful and very rude. The attendants in other countries do not take tipping on a light note, they will find it to be malicious, and they can end up feeling that their services were not up to standard.

In America, if you are in a taxi, you are not allowed to sit in the front with the chauffeur. In other countries, this kind of behaviors is termed as rude and unacceptable. In other countries when you sit at the back it will symbolize that you are taking yourself to be superior to the other person in the cab.

Third, you can freely split the bill when you are out for lunch or anything. This behavior is unacceptable in other countries like France. You will have to decide on who to do bill payment for the whole lot.

In some countries, it’s an offense to use the left hand even though it’s not a very big deal in the US. The left arm is perceived to be unclean since it’s used for hygienic activities in some parts of Africa and the Middle East. You ought to follow the way of the people when you are in such places hence hot use the left hand for greetings.

The peace sign is another norm of the Americans that has a different meaning than the intended in some of the European countries. In such European nations, the peace sign gesture that means ‘we come in peace’ while at America is unacceptable since it derives a meaning like that of the middle finger in these regions.

The sixth norm of the Americans that has a different implication in the other nations is the bull horn sign. There is no funny message communicated through the gesture in the other nations like it is applied in the US. That the wife is a cheat, is the exact meaning of this gesture when used in South America and some of the European nations.

You can say no to a food offer while in the US. Maybe for the fact that you aren’t willing to eat at that time or even you are full could be the reasons for you to say no. In Asian countries, food is considered to be part of the culture hence refusing food offers is considered as rude.