Offensive American Social Norms When Travelling Abroad
These tips are basically to enlighten you on some of the surprising things which are norms in the U.S. Those things that are treated as norms and which can be seen as strange acts by other people are explained on this page.
It is a norm in America to tip in any place that you have been served singly. 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. 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.
In America, if you are in a taxi, you are not allowed to sit in the front with the chauffeur. You will not be expected to sit at the back when you visit other countries, and you are riding in a taxi. In other countries when you sit at the back it will symbolize that you are taking yourself to be superior to the other person in the cab.
Third, you can freely split the bill when you are out for lunch or anything. There is no splitting of bills when you are in other countries for example in France. You will have to decide on who to do bill payment for the whole lot.
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. In such regions, avoid initiating a handshake through such a hand.
In some of the European nations, the American peace sign custom implies differently than it does when in the US. The peace sign gesture and the middle finger have no difference in meaning in some regions even though it means ‘we come in peace’ in the US.
The sixth norm of the Americans that has a different implication in the other nations is the bull horn sign. In the US, this sign is used for fun, while in the other regions, it has a meaning that is not funny. That the wife is a cheat, is the exact meaning of this gesture when used in South America and some of the European nations.
You can say no to a food offer while in the US. It may be for the reason that you are full hence you aren’t willing to eat at the particular moment. Refusing a food offer is taken to be rude in Asia since its part of the culture.