They do not argue with this: 5 rules that a tourist should not violate

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 They don’t argue with this: 5 rules that a tourist should not break

You can’t bring rabbits and fruits into Australia, give alms in Cuba, refuse food in Greece, tea in Turkey, Japan to leave a tip, in the USA – not to leave a tip… I just want to say: you decide, please! We really decided on something: there are general norms that are relevant almost anywhere in the world. Universal recommendations for a tourist who is not looking for problems – in the “Subtleties” memo.

Do not argue with authorities

The rule applies to all employees in uniform – border guards, customs officers, police officers. Arguing with them is at least useless: most likely, nothing will be proved, but it is quite possible to make problems. And what definitely should not be done is to offer a person a bribe in execution: in many countries, such attempts are punishable by imprisonment. If a peaceful agreement fails, demand that you be contacted by a representative of the Russian embassy or travel agency.

Keep your distance

Ideas about the acceptable boundaries of personal space vary greatly from country to country. People in Northern Europe are especially reverent about keeping their distance: in Sweden it is not customary to sit next to another passenger in transport if there are other empty seats. Delicate Japanese avoid touching each other and even long eye contact – this is regarded as aggression. In general, in any country it is worth maintaining a minimum distance of about half a meter. Also interesting: 10 things you don't have to apologize for.

Don't take photos of people without permission

Violating this rule, you can run into big trouble in the form of a fine or even arrest. In a number of African and Asian countries it is forbidden to photograph women, police officers and people praying, in the USA – other people's children. Sometimes the ban also applies to inanimate objects: administrative buildings, some monuments, railway stations and airports. In North Korea, you can’t take pictures of empty store shelves, and portraits of leaders are allowed, but they must be in the frame entirely.

Do not wave your hand at a person

In general, you should be more careful with non-verbal communication: the same gesture in different countries can be considered both a sign of approval and a rude insult. For example, the OK gesture (a ring of thumb and forefinger) is used in Turkey to hint at the non-traditional sexual orientation of the interlocutor. And temperamental Mexicans, oddly enough, do not welcome active gestures at all, considering it a manifestation of hostility. And anywhere you should not wave your hand at a person – in most countries this is considered a manifestation of contempt and neglect. Did you know that? –> They get punished for it: 10 of the strangest fines for tourists in the world.

Don't be greedy at the table

Putting a mountain of food on a plate, mixing everything in it, and then leaving half-eaten pieces – this is frowned upon all over the world. It’s better to come to the table several times and take in turn starters, hot dishes and dessert than a dozen different dishes at once. It is usually considered good form to finish everything to the end, but there are exceptions. For example, in Bulgaria, after eating, you should leave a small piece on the plate, otherwise the hosts will constantly add treats, believing that the guest is still hungry.

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