Unpleasant American Common Customs When You Travel 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. You will be taken to be a very rude person and so ungrateful for the services that you have received where you fail to tip. This does not happen in other countries where the employees believe in what they do, and so they do not expect any incentives.
In America, if you are in a taxi, you are not allowed to sit in the front with the chauffeur. This is not normal in other countries, and they consider it to be so invasive. In most countries, you sitting at the back of the cab shows that you are undermining the driver.
Third, you can freely split the bill when you are out for lunch or anything. This behavior is unacceptable in other countries like France. It is just one person who is to pay the bills for all the group.
Using the left hand is the fourth social custom that Americans are used to but unacceptable in the other regions. 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.
In some of the European nations, the American peace sign custom implies differently than it does when in the US. 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 bull horn sign is another custom in America that has no bad implication yet unacceptable in the other nations. Just as this sign is used for fun in the US, it is not fun at all to other societies. In South America and a portion of the European nations, it tells a man that his wife is a cheat.
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.