For those of you that have done any amount of traveling, you will surely know that many behaviors, customs, and social norms that we take for granted or perform without thinking can land you in deep water elsewhere. In fact, some of the socially acceptable behaviors on this list may seem downright silly to you. That’s what most people think at first, but if you ever plan on seeing the world, you’ll definitely want to take note.
Let’s take something as simple as pointing. In the United States, you just use your index finger to indicate whatever it is that you are drawing attention to. There is a reason, however, that Disney employees are taught to not point with one finger. In some cultures, it is considered rude. Instead, the employees are taught to point with two fingers. Another thing that can cause conflict is tipping. In some cultures it is expected (United States); in some cultures it isn’t (Europe); and in some it can even be seen as rude (Japan).
So wherever you plan on traveling, just make sure to read up about the local customs and traditions. If you want a quick overview though, we’re here to help. These are 25 Astonishing Socially Acceptable Behaviors From Around The World.
Right on red
And in Boston, they have left on red.
Sitting in the front seat of a taxi when you are alone
In some places this is acceptable, in others it isn’t. It’s really hit or miss.
Living with parents
In many non-western cultures (and southern Europe) it is normal to live with your parents for your entire life. Up until marriage they support you, and after marriage you support them.
Not finishing the food on your plate
In some places, finishing everything means you want more. Not finishing enough means you didn’t like it.
In most countries, tipping isn’t a thing. Only in North America is it so pervasive.
If you think this is strange restaurant behavior, wait until you see #5!