One of the most amazing things about our world is that we are all people doing generally the same things with our lives, yet we do them so very differently depending on where we live. For example, we all get up in the morning and use some type of transportation to get to work. However, we don’t all drive that bus or car down the same side of the road.
For most of us, the customs and norms in other countries never affect us in our daily lives. Whether or not a person in Taipei tips their waiter does not impact your life. However, this all changes if you decide to take a trip to a foreign country.
Well here we’ve put together a list of some things that clash with our cultures that you should be aware of before you head overseas. Check it out and take a look. Some of these taboos will shock you!
In the United States, when you eat at a restaurant, it’s customary to leave a tip for the server who took care of you through the meal. It’s an appreciation of the service given, but also is counted on by the servers as part of their income as the hourly rate for servers is significantly lower because of tips.
Well, don’t do that if you’re in some Asian countries, like Japan or South Korea. Tipping is seen as an insult. Instead simply tell them they’ve done a nice job, otherwise they’ll take it as a message they look poor.