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Whether you’ve ticked a few countries off your bucket list or you’re a first-time flyer, find out where your next adventure should be with this fun quiz!
Before you start planning your perfect trip, be sure to avoid these etiquette faux pas when visiting your dream destination.
What NOT To Do When Visiting These Countries
Visiting a foreign country can be exhilarating. From the novel sights and sounds of mysterious cities to the captivating song of an unfamiliar language, there are endless aspects of travel that charm you long after your return home.
But it’s not all fun and games when you’re gallivanting across the globe. When you’re a guest in another country, it’s important to respect the native customs so the locals can enjoy your visit too.
Take our travel advice to avoid these embarrassing and offensive no-nos when you touch down in your next holiday destination.
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What NOT To Do When Visiting Peru
This diverse country is home to a proud culture combining Hispanic and native traditions. The two main native cultures of Peru include the Quechua and the Aymara, both of whom speak their native languages. Spanish is the official language of Peru and is spoken by 84% of the population.
Embrace Peru’s incredible culture and avoid these behaviours while visiting:
- Don’t take photos of locals without asking their permission first. You should also find out if photography is allowed in churches and religious buildings before snapping away.
- Don’t expect the locals to speak English – it’s generally not spoken outside the main tourist attractions. Try your hand at some Spanish instead of demanding the locals follow your English to avoid appearing rude.
- Don’t flush your toilet paper down the toilet. The pipes in Peru aren’t made for paper – that’s what the rubbish basket is for.
What NOT To Do When Visiting Japan
Wherever you are in Japan, the country’s rich culture and history can be seen in the many temples, shrines, museums, and festivals. Japan is home to ancient traditions and ultra-modern gadgets, making this unique place unlike anywhere you’ve ever been.
Keep the helpful, respectful locals happy by steering clear of these no-nos:
- Don’t rub your chopsticks together – it’s considered rude. Also, never stick your chopsticks vertically in your bowl of rice as this resembles a funeral ritual.
- Don’t blow your nose in public – head to a bathroom or private area.
- Don’t leave a tip. This can be insulting in Japan. Even taxi drivers will refuse to have the charge rounded up.
What NOT To Do When Visiting Spain
With its vibrant culture, fantastic beaches, and incredible architecture, it’s no wonder colourful Spain is on the top of many a traveller’s bucket list. Spain is more than just Flamenco music and bullfights; the history of Spain dates back to the Middle Ages, making it a pretty special place to explore.
Make the most of your time in Spain and avoid these faux pas:
- Don’t wear your swimwear in the city streets. It’s considered inappropriate, and can even cost you a fine in cities like Barcelona, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca, where it’s against the law.
- Don’t be offended by directness. The Spanish language doesn’t include the same pleasantries of English, so if a local asks you for something without saying please, they’re not trying to be rude. (Well, probably not.)
- Don’t talk about religion. The locals are mostly catholic, and take religion very seriously – best to avoid the topic altogether to avoid the risk of offending anyone.
What NOT To Do When Visiting Canada
Canada is a welcoming and diverse country, with friendly locals often compared to Aussies. English and French are the official languages of Canada, but you’ll definitely run into more English speakers than French. While you’re unlikely to experience any real culture shock while in Canada, this beautiful country will still take your breath away with its stunning scenery and unique adventures.
Avoid these no-nos when visiting Canada:
- Don’t get onto public transport until everyone has exited. It’s considered rude to push your way onto a bus or train while people are trying to exit.
- Don’t liken Canada to the US. Canadians are proud to be separate from the US, and despite some buildings looking the same, their cultural and political differences are vast.
- Don’t say ‘eh’ all the time. This is a tired stereotype, and locals may get annoyed if they feel you’re mocking them.
What NOT To Do When Visiting Cambodia
Step outside your comfort zone and discover the magic of Cambodia. Learn the official language, Khmer, to speak to locals outside the English-speaking touristy areas. Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is an eye-opening must-do for every avid traveller.
Stay on the locals’ good side by avoiding these behaviours in Cambodia:
- Don’t touch any Cambodian person on the head. In Buddhist culture, the head is considered sacred.
- Don’t point with one finger – it’s considered rude. Gesture with your right palm with all fingers straight.
- Don’t wear shoes inside. Unless told otherwise, remove your shoes before entering a home or business.
What NOT To Do When Holidaying In Australia
While Australia is known for its laidback culture, there are a few behaviours that can make us raise our eyebrows – or our voices!
Don’t do this when you’re holidaying at home:
- Don’t ignore the beach safety signs. Signs warning about crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks, and other dangers should be taken seriously. You should also always swim between the red and yellow flags to avoid being caught in a rip and requiring an embarrassing rescue by a local lifeguard.
- Don’t climb Uluru. While the climb is not prohibited, Uluru is a sacred rock to the local Anangu people, and they prefer tourists not to climb it because of its spiritual significance to them.
- Don’t smoke indoors. It’s illegal to smoke in public places like restaurants, some beaches, and even entire suburbs.
Keep your home safe while you’re away with this travel checklist.