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Offensive American Social Norms When Travelling Abroad

By the aid of these tips, you will get to know some of those things that might seem to be offensive and rude to you, but they are customs 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. 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.

Second, while you are traveling around in the U.S the taxi driver will expect you to sit at the back of the cab. You will not be expected to sit at the back when you visit other countries, and you are riding in a taxi. 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.

You can involve more than one person in bill payment while in the U.S. When you go to a country like France, this is totally unacceptable. It is mandatory that you choose one person to pay the bill of every member in that particular group.

Using the left hand is the fourth social custom that Americans are used to but unacceptable in the other regions. 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. You ought to follow the way of the people when you are in such places hence hot use the left hand for greetings.

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. Just as this sign is used for fun in the US, it is not fun at all to other societies. That the wife is a cheat, is the exact meaning of this gesture when used in South America and some of the European nations.

Its not a big issue to refuse a food offer 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. As party of the culture in Asia, refusing a food offer is disrespectful.