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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. There are things that they do which can look very okay to the Americans but for you they will seem to be quite offensive, and some of these norms are as follows.

Failing to do tipping is abnormal in America and when you go to a place where you are served, you will be required to tip. If you don’t tip, the conclusion that will be made against you will be that you are ungrateful and at the same time 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.

It is a norm that when you are traveling in a hired cab in America, you occupy the back seat. This is not normal in other countries, and they consider it to be so invasive. When you occupy the back seat in a cab in the other countries apart from the U.S, they will take it as an insult, and you will be looking down on the person driving you.

Third, you can freely split the bill when you are out for lunch or anything. There is no splitting of bills when you are in other countries for example in France. It is just one person who is to pay the bills for all the group.

The fourth American social norm that is unacceptable in other places is using the left hand. The reason for this is that in some African regions and Asian counties, the left was assigned for use in sanitary activities thus taken to be dirty. As such, you ought not to use the left arm for initiating a handshake in such regions.

There is a different meaning of the American peace sigh culture in some nations in Europe. 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.

There some societies in the globe which do not accept the use of the bull horn sigh that is a custom in the US. In the US, this sign is used for fun, while in the other regions, it has a meaning that is not funny. It is a communication sign that notifies a man that his fiance is unfaithful in some South American and European countries.

Its not a big issue to refuse a food offer in the US. It may be for the reason that you are full hence you aren’t willing to eat at the particular moment. As party of the culture in Asia, refusing a food offer is disrespectful.

Citation: review