When travelling, there's so many things to consider!

When you've got the technical stuff down like visas, insurance, tickets and currency, you've still got to figure out language and culture!

Traditions differ all over the world and its super hard to keep up, but we've put a few together here to help you avoid some of the lesser known faux pas.

We're taking people word on these mistakes and what they mean in each country.

If you've been travelling and found the truth to be something different, then do let us know, we'll be interested to know the truth!

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Tipping is not part of the Chinese culture. Offering a tip can actually be seen as an implication that the person is being undervalued by their employer.

Many establishment such as restaurants, often have a strict no tipping policy in place!

That said, many professions rely on tips, particularly in the tourism industry. Group tour guides, for example, are usually on a very low income and depend on tips from their customers.


While this sign - the 'a-ok' - is seen as a good thing in most countries, in Brazil it is seen as very offensive.

We think we're going to try to remember to stick to the thumb's up instead when visiting...


While adding salt in most countries is seen as a matter of taste, in Egypt it can be seen as incredibly rude to the chef.

Of course, many restaurants in tourist heavy areas now provide salt on the table and you're safe to assume no offense will be taken.

If you do decide to visit a local traditional Egyptian restaurant during your visit however, maybe play it safe and don't add any salt.


It's pretty damn rude to not flush the toilet in all cultures. However in Singapore, they take it more seriously than most.

In fact, when visiting the country you might want to keep it in mind that an unflushed toilet could lead to a $150 fine!

If you do leave toilets unflushed however, maybe just change your ways in general, you filthy people!


Good eye contact can be seen as a sign of confidence and honesty in many cultures. However that isn't the case in all.

In Nigeria, indirect eye contact can be seen as a sign of respect between two people.

For this reason, holding direct eye contact can be seen as a sign of disrespect and confrontation.

Watch where you put those eyes!


Making a stop sign i.e. showing the palm of your hand is seen as a incredibly offensive sign in Greece.

Interestingly the gesture carries a stigma that apparently dates back to Byzantine times.

Shackled criminals were paraded through the streets and gawkers were allowed to smear charcoal or excrement in their faces using their open palms.

Maybe avoid waving to locals, just in case!


You know how embarrassed and offended you would be if someone refused to shake your hand in public?

In Russia, the same stigma is carried over to refusing a drink of vodka.

While we know that refusing a drink can be seen as a lack of gratitude for hospitality, but we doubt you have to force yourself to drink...

Worst case? Accept and the politely sip. Wimpy? Yes. Offensive? Not so much.


Did you know that in America, not only will you can get arrested but you'll also be fined for urinating in public.

In the UK, we know there's a good chance of getting arrested or a warning if your caught with your pants down in the street. However over in the US the offence carries a $2,500 fine!

We think that's definitely a good enough reason to hold it until you found a toilet!

As with the toilet flushing however, if you are in the habit of regularly peeing on the road... maybe rethink some of your choices, guys.