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Travel Safe..

Lets discuss what not to do while travelling.
7 years ago, June 4th 2013 No: 1 Msg: #171437  
Different countries/places have different beliefs and its better to be aware of what not to do in public which can land you in trouble. In this discussions i want people around the globe to tell what not to do in which place.
[Edited: 2013 Jun 04 11:12 - ricky14cool:264867 ]
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7 years ago, June 5th 2013 No: 2 Msg: #171475  
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Welcome to Travelblog! Very interesting topic. My number one thing to NEVER do is go somewhere without having done any research (online or in a guide) before arriving. This covers most of the biggest gaffes, including stuff that can land people in jail.
My second biggest thing to never do is showing money or expensive goods in public. It sometimes causes offense, and often triggers trouble!
My third thing to never do is take pictures before finding out the local customs. Certain communities (Native Americans in the United States, for example) consider it offensive, or only allow it under strict conditions. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 6th 2013 No: 3 Msg: #171535  
Hi Ezra,
I completely agree with your points. we should always be aware while taking photographs. I was questioned once for taking a photograph of a train at a railway station. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 6th 2013 No: 4 Msg: #171536  
Don'ts to Observe in Thailand Etiquette
•Don't point your feet: Pointing your feet at someone, raising your feet higher than someone's head, or simply putting your feet onto a desk or chair is considered extremely rude in Thailand. On that same note, avoid pointing your feet at Buddha statues as well. To follow strict Thailand etiquette, you should not cross your legs when sitting on the ground.
•Don't touch someone's head: While the feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest parts of the body, the head is considered the most sacred. Never touch someone's head or hair; this includes playfully ruffling a child's hair. Avoid stepping over people who are sitting or sleeping on the ground.
•Don't point: Pointing at someone is considered rude in many cultures, but particularly so in Thailand. If you must indicate someone, do so by lifting your chin in their direction. Whem motioning for someone to come over, wave your hand with fingers straight and palm down. Pointing as inanimate objects and animals is usually acceptable.
•Don't lose your cool: Shouting, blowing your top, or displaying strong emotions is frowned upon in Thailand, where the rules of saving face apply. Keep your cool even when your bus breaks down; otherwise, innocent bystanders who witness your rage will actually become embarrassed for you.
•Don't disrespect the king: The King of Thailand is the world's oldest monarch and the Thai people love him dearly. Never disrespect the king or images of the king, this includes currency. Openly disrespecting the king can mean imprisonment with an option for the death penalty!

Do Follow These Rules of Thailand Etiquette
•Remove your shoes: As in many Asian cultures, removing your shoes before your enter a temple or someone's home is essential. Some businesses, restaurants, and shops also ask that you remove your shoes. If unsure, just look to see if there is a pile of shoes at the entrance, or check to see if the staff are wearing shoes.
•Return a wai: The wai is Thailand's prayer-like gesture with the hands together in front and head slightly bowed. To not return a wai is considered impolite; only the king and monks do not have to return wais. Never attempt a wai while holding something. Read more about how to say hello in Thai.
•Use your right hand: The left hand is considered dirty, as it is sometimes used for 'functions' in the squat toilet. Always use your right hand to pass objects and when paying. Touch your left hand to your right forearm if you wish to show extra respect.
•Eat with a spoon: The proper way to delicious Thai food is with the spoon in your right hand and fork in your left. Use the fork to rake food onto your spoon; the fork never goes into the mouth. Chopsticks are usually only used for noodle dishes and treats such as spring rolls.
•Show respect to monks: You will encounter many monks in places such as Chiang Mai; treat them with respect. When greeting a monk, monks receive a higher wai than ordinary people; monks do not have to return your gesture. Women should never touch a monk, brush a monk's robes, or hand something to a monk. Monks should be allowed to eat first at ceremonies and gatherings. Read more about etiquette for visiting Buddhist temples.
•Smile: The Thai smile is famous, essential to Thailand etiquette, and Thais show it whenever they can. Always return someone's smile. Smiles are used during negotiation, in apology, to relax whenever something goes not as planned, and just in everyday life.
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7 years ago, June 22nd 2013 No: 5 Msg: #172107  
If you visit Texas never ask a Texan what the Alamo is. Do a little homework before you come and find out ! Reply to this

7 years ago, June 23rd 2013 No: 6 Msg: #172116  
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It is generally very rude to assume that anyone who looks vaguely Asian must either be Chinese or Indian... there are more than two countries in Asia 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, June 24th 2013 No: 7 Msg: #172156  
I love the list from Thailand!

I'm in australia so trying to think of things here... i guess snorting/blowing ones nose is something that other nationalities do differently and it is frowned upon in Oz. So we would use a tissue or hankerchief to blow your nose. You shouldnt snort or spit. It is considered quite dirty and people might have a go at you.

We are like the english and we like lines. If there is something to purchase or to go and see or a door to go through, often there will be a line. And it is considered quite rude to not stand in line or even to notice the line exists. We also tend to respect children and 'older' people so will let kids go first or 'older' people have a seat and you'll stand.

And i guess in Oz it is also not considered normal to stare at someone else blatantly or to take photographs of someone without at least asking. Taking a photo of a big group of people isnt an issue but you would likely get abused if you just walked up to some people eating at a table and started taking photos.

I dont think we have any strong clothing type etiquettes or eating. Drugs, fighting or bribery will probably get you into jail. Swearing is frowned upon by most and most certainly in front of children.
I'm trying to think what else i would tell my kids off for lol! Reply to this

7 years ago, August 28th 2013 No: 8 Msg: #174514  
If you are going to travel to Vietnam. You should not bring a lot of money, should send it at your hotel. Do not do anything without asking its owner. You should have a local friend to guide you. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 16th 2013 No: 9 Msg: #175149  
In Australia these are a few of our pet hates don't jump queues, don't press the traffic light button as if you are going to cross the road at the lights and then simply walk across the road when the man is still red causing the traffic to stop well after you have already crossed the road, don't stand at a zebra crossing when you don't intend to use it, don't tip unless it is extremely great service, say thanks to the bus drivers, don't walk slowly on the footpaths 4 people across and not move to let someone pass you walking in the opposite direction, always wave to the driver of the car that just let you merge in front of them, but please do wear your euro trunks and Brazilian bum bikinis! 😱
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7 years ago, September 16th 2013 No: 10 Msg: #175152  
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Try not to accidentally break any laws...thats all i hope for most trips :D Reply to this

7 years ago, September 20th 2013 No: 11 Msg: #175276  
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Every country has their own culture and tradition, try to respect them, so that we can easily avoid the difficulties that we face in other places.. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 25th 2013 No: 12 Msg: #175522  
My advise is simple: trust your instinct. If you feel you are in a situation where things seem a little ripe, then turn tail and head away (or flag a taxi/tuk tuk down.)

I've been in plenty of situations where I've felt, uh-oh, and I've changed my plan straightaway. One occasion that springs to bind was when I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was alone, and I just got the 'feeling'. I flagged down a cyclo and moved on.

Trust your instinct. And remember, most people are good people. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 25th 2013 No: 13 Msg: #175524  
In general I try to be very polite and friendly when traveling. However, as a woman traveling alone I have found that if I feel like I'm being harassed the best thing to do is to look the culprit in the eye and say "NO!" (or the local equivalent) very loudly and sternly. This will get people looking at you, and the last thing someone intent on mischief want is attention. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 26th 2013 No: 14 Msg: #175538  
if u r coming to kerala never smoke in public places....
it is banned in kerala.... Reply to this

7 years ago, September 26th 2013 No: 15 Msg: #175543  
I believe one should NOT smoke in the presence of or near people who are eating a meal.

To do so shows unnecessary arrogance and disregard for others.

I believe this applies whether there are laws against it or otherwise and is known as appropriate manners in all countries I have travelled in. Reply to this

6 years ago, September 28th 2013 No: 16 Msg: #175615  
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In response to: Msg #175543

Have you been to China at all on your travels, David? Reply to this

6 years ago, September 28th 2013 No: 17 Msg: #175618  

In response to: Msg #175615

16 provences in China at last count...there is quite a difference between smoking in the presence of people eating and smoking otherwise. I should know...I've had a smoke in the back of a paddy wagon...with a Chinese policeman's rifle resting on my knee!!! Reply to this

6 years ago, September 28th 2013 No: 18 Msg: #175631  

In response to: Msg #175543 I totally agree with this ! I would add don't smoke while the wind is blowing on others. I attended the Balloon Fest in Alamagordo, New Mexico and there were a group of about 6 German tourist upwind next to me where we had set up chairs and they smoked constantly which annoyed me quite a bit. I guess in Germany smoking in public is still acceptable but it is really getting to be considered extremely bad manners in public in the US. Reply to this

6 years ago, September 30th 2013 No: 19 Msg: #175709  
Don't assume that all parts of a country will be the same in the portrayal of their culture.

Living in Southern Turkey where shorts and strappy T Shirts are the norm for me is very different to Eastern Turkey where women must cover up as I found last week when upsetting people in the dining room by having my shoulders and legs on display at breakfast time. Reply to this

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