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Offensive American Social Norms When Travelling Abroad

By the aid of these tips, you will get to know some of those things that might seem to be offensive and rude to you, but they are customs in America. 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. While you are in other countries, you should never attempt tipping as it will be considered to be offensive and disrespectful to those serving you.

It is a norm that when you are traveling in a hired cab in America, you occupy the back seat. In other countries, this kind of behaviors is termed as rude and unacceptable. 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.

You can involve more than one person in bill payment while in the U.S. There is no splitting of bills when you are in other countries for example in France. It is mandatory that you choose one person to pay the bill of every member in that particular group.

In some countries, it’s an offense to use the left hand even though it’s not a very big deal in the US. The reason for this is that in some African regions and Asian counties, the left was assigned for use in sanitary activities thus taken to be dirty. As such, you ought not to use the left arm for initiating a handshake in such regions.

In some of the European nations, the American peace sign custom implies differently than it does when in the US. In such European nations, the peace sign gesture that means ‘we come in peace’ while at America is unacceptable since it derives a meaning like that of the middle finger in these regions.

The bull horn sign is another custom in America that has no bad implication yet unacceptable in the other nations. Just as this sign is used for fun in the US, it is not fun at all to other societies. In South America and a portion of the European nations, it tells a man that his wife is a cheat.

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. As party of the culture in Asia, refusing a food offer is disrespectful.

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