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Never Do These Things in Foreign Countries

Never Do These Things in Foreign Countries


Never do these things in foreign countries. So many countries, so many customs. Any jet setter will agree this good old proverb is true. In the age of globalization, going places has become an essential part of our life. We are all well aware of the fact that while visiting a foreign country, we must obey certain local traditions and common rules. Failing to do so has given a rich ground for many jokes. If you don’t want to be in one of those, or better yet, featured on YouTube as that crazy tourist fined, or even arrested, pay attention to our list of do’s and dont’s accurate in different countries of the world. Russia. The mysterious Russian soul has a lot of dark corners, and it might take years to discover and understand all of them. Let’s start with one basic Russian don’t. It does not matter if you want to surprise your Russian girlfriend, your business partner or thank an old lady for her hospitality, never give an even number of flowers as a gift. Even numbers of flowers are for grieving and funerals. The florist might say something if you accidentally choose an even number of flowers, but it’s better if you stay alert yourself, just to be sure. Give a proper bouquet of five, seven, nine or more flowers, depending on how much you are ready to spend, and the recipient will be more than happy. Chile. Manners matter more to the people of Chile than to other South Americans. It is extremely important not to eat anything with your fingers. Even the smallest french fry must be stabbed with a fork. Licking your fingers for utensils is also a no-go. Word to the wise: if you are planning a trip to Chile, take your time to study some etiquette rules to know your salad fork from your fish fork. Singapore. Clean streets and low crime rate made Singapore famous worldwide as the fine city, and not because it is so beautiful. Remember the second meaning of the word fine? This is the case. Some little crimes you might get fined for are easy to understand. Others will leave you surprised and much less wealthy. Chewing gum, for example, is banned in Singapore. So you’d better leave it at home before getting on the plane. If you break the gum rule for the first time, you may be fined for up to a thousand dollars. It is also prohibited to feed birds, spit, and throw any trash onto the street, or eat on public transportation. India. When in India, you have to keep your private life to yourself and your emotions under control. No matter how much you want to show affection to your special someone, never kiss them in public. This, in particular, can get you put in jail. No physical contact with people of the opposite sex is allowed in public. Japan. Similar to India, public demonstration of affection is not acceptable in Japan. Remember, there is no hugging, or even worse, kissing, in public. Unlike in so many other countries, tipping is not a thing in Japan. Tips are not expected, so don’t be surprised if you try tipping someone and they turn it down. A brilliant thing to do, to stay on the safe side, would be just to do what the locals do. Mexico. Are you planning a trip to Mexico? A good piece of advice will be to stay as thick-skinned as possible, since Mexicans love making jokes and never miss a chance to do so. Don’t take things too personally. No one means to hurt you. It is just the way they are. Be brave and adventurous. Local people will highly appreciate your attempts at speaking the language, or experiencing their culture. Try dancing their national dance, love the local food, or wear a sombrero. There are many ways to show you care and respect them. New Zealand. Remember the difference between Aussies and Kiwis. Never mix them up. In case you didn’t know, the Aussies stand for Australians and the Kiwis for New Zealanders. Just to make it clear. New Zealanders are friendly and fun-loving people. However, there are things no one would ever joke about. Rugby, the Lord of the Rings, and Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom are the topics to avoid when trying to make a funny joke. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of barefoot people. Walking to places with no shoes on provides good massage to your feet and is a cultural thing. Norway. When in Norway, don’t ask questions concerning church. This may be taken for disrespect. Many people here don’t attend church, and those who do will want to keep it to themselves. Do not expect any formalities. There will be no Mister or Miss something. People prefer to talk informally and refer to each other by their first names. Turkey. An essential thing to remember before going to Turkey is not to give anyone the okay sign. It might seem like a sign of approval to you, but is considered an obscene gesture for the Turks. Try not to drink too much. Being drunk in public is considered shameful here. So don’t be surprised, it might be hard to find booze. And if you manage to do it, don’t get wasted on it. If you take out a toothpick at a public place, or blow your nose, expect surprise and even angry looks. Don’t do it in public. Keep it private. United Kingdom. British people like their pudding fresh and their queues well-organized. Don’t jump the queue, or expect to be judged by the locals. That extra minute you might spare can cost you a room full of contempt. Don’t ask people how much they earn. This is not a good topic for discussion. Talk about the weather, cricket, or Her Majesty’s new hat. Just do not start the money talk. Don’t invite random people over. Remember, your house is your castle, and only your close friends should be welcome there. Ireland. Do not try to play it cool and sound like Irishmen. For Irish people, there is no such thing as an Irish accent. They recognize and divide accents depending on the region of Ireland they come from. Don’t be cheap. It is not a good idea to start a night of bar-hopping if you don’t have enough money to buy your beers. Germany. Don’t ever use Nazi greeting gestures. If you do, your journey to Germany might end sooner than you planned. Every year, tourists get arrested and sent back home for this. Don’t stare at people. Germans might look very attractive, but try to resist the temptation of staring at fraus on the metro. Only poorly educated and crazy people do that here. Don’t try to look overly friendly. It takes a good amount of time, sometimes months, for a German to get used to new people and call them friends. Don’t congratulate anyone on his or her birthday before the day itself. Germans are very superstitious when it comes to their birthdays. They believe it is a bad sign to hear happy birthday before the special date, and can even cause death. Kenya. Don’t show disrespect for religion. No matter what their religions may be, Kenyans are very devout. Be patient. Five minutes Do not necessarily mean five minutes, and that bus schedule you are looking at might not be very accurate. In fact, nothing ever happens here according to schedule. Learn to go with the flow. Don’t talk about sex in mixed groups of friends. This topic is a taboo. People might get so offended they won’t want you in their group after that. Don’t call anyone by his or her name if the person hasn’t referred to you this way. Miss, Mrs., Mr., Dr. is what is expected of you. If you want to call someone whose name you don’t know, you can just go with madam or sir. Malaysia. Never touch anyone’s head. For Malaysians, this is the home of the soul and the most sacred part of the body. Keep yourself from running your fingers through people’s hair, especially babies. Korea. If you want to have good manners in Korea, use two hands when handing over money. When you pay for things, pass on your cash or credit card with both hands. It’s a sign of respect. Do you know any other things that are prohibited in foreign countries? Share them in the comments below. Don’t forget to give us thumbs up and click subscribe to join us on the bright side of life.

100 comments on “Never Do These Things in Foreign Countries

  1. Hey guys! Which of those countries would you like to visit? 🙂

    Btw, these countries occupy a SUPER small area https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHaXOzVyHzI&

  2. In the Middle East don’t use your left hand if you are a righty and don’t use your right hand if your a lefty.

  3. I m an Indian.. Its false.. There is no law u can't kiss u r girl friend.. But, the local people look that at as bad culture and try to warn u, its not allowed in here.. But there is no law. And no jail for tha

  4. I have been living in Germany for 7 years and they don’t look attractive. I mean they look as attractive as people in other countries.

  5. Well I’m a Muslim I love earth culture I know Muslims consider I the left hand dirty and eat with the right hand it’s because we use left hands to clean ourselves after using the bathroom

  6. Hi I am from Norway yep nobody should consent abut church but I don’t no why but don’t be like I never go to churches anyways I am gonna move to India so thank u for ur nice tips we were so irritated to find some tip to move to India 🇮🇳 anyways we means (my husband and my daughter s) but I wanna to move to kenyq

  7. im from nz (New Zealand) I don't care for rugby or lord of the rings. and walking in bare feet isn't very common. however you should never talk about money, or which race everyone is from. there is a lot of culture in nz, but most of us don't talk about it

  8. In my country we never disrespect anyone and also we don’t joking to someone we mostly telling anecdotes to made them lought and one big thing like new zelenders we don’t joke about rugby 🏉 it’s our national sport too

  9. WHY ISN'T MOLDOVA IN THAT VIDEO .EVERY VIDEO I SEE DOESN'T HAVE MOLDOVA IN IT.CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT THAT.ITS NEAR ROMANIA.PLEASEEEEEEEE!!!!😀😀😀😀😀😀

  10. I am from the uk and the queue thing is true my mums friend did not notice a queue in the London under ground and was hit by an old man with a news paper

  11. In India, you don't ask where someone is going when he is going out for something important. It's considered inauspicious.

  12. Can I get at least 20 likes?? Pls Thx!

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    stephanie cambiador

    stephanie cambiador

    10 months ago (edited)

    That is very opposite in the Philippines because if you visit In the philippines you Will expect the hospitability OF the Filipino becase Filipino is very hospitable make we sure that our guess enjoy there stay here even though it will gives us a hard time that is one great thing about the filipino and that is something that were very proud❤️👍✌️😇

    43

    Stan Clark

    Stan Clark

    10 months ago

    In Scotland don’t call us English

    109

    Matthew Schreiner jr

    Matthew Schreiner jr

    10 months ago

    In the Netherlands never call it holland.

    43

    Miracle Wilcox

    Miracle Wilcox

    14 hours ago (edited)

    I don't think women in the middle east can leave the house without a male

    1

    Izzo Loading

    Izzo Loading

    10 months ago

    i am Norwegian and u can ask questions about Church in Norway without People caring much about it most People is not religous any way

    33

    Jan Karásek

    Jan Karásek

    10 months ago (edited)

    Did someone notice that mark for Malaysia is placed where Thailand maybe Vietnam is?

    Don´t do that to Malaysians!

    19

    TheDreamMixer

    TheDreamMixer

    1 year ago

    Who goes to Malaysia and thinks: Oh man I really need to touch a babys head xD

    290

    Somborn

    Somborn

    10 months ago

    Old florists in Germany also know the odd and even flowers thing… It was pretty common in whole Europe.

    13

    Pablo Ramirez de Arellano

    Pablo Ramirez de Arellano

    10 months ago

    I grew up in chile, never saw a multi fork table set up, and there s a wide array of finger foods.

    47

    C my Clay

    C my Clay

    8 months ago

    Yeah,the UK. Don't jump the queue 😀

    20

    Ta Na

    Ta Na

    10 months ago

    Japan: You can hug and kiss in public.

    It's not recommended but still admitted.

    At least it's not like a rule.

    28

    Arturo Valdemar

    1 year ago

    In Mexico, its OK if you wear a sombrero as a foreigner but it's not quite nice for us since you make us think you believe in the stereotypical mustached-sombrero man sleeping by a cactus. Only mariachi bands wear sombreros while performing and/or a couple of soccer aficionados during a match.

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    arun rammohan

    2 hours ago

    In India, you don't ask where someone is going when he is going out for something important. It's considered inauspicious.

    Deepak Tyson

    10 months ago

    Wrong about India

    I kissed in public and never got jailed

    81

    maina joseph

    10 months ago

    the kenyan part is true… seriously we don't keep time.

    20

    Tifa Yotefani

    8 months ago

    Text mistake of part germany – Fraus instead of Frau

    Some area in video is wrong(catholic in even can use even number(2,4,6,8,10,12 and many even number)

    9

    Netto PP

    10 months ago (edited)

    9:10 "Malaysia"

    * Pointed to Cambodia *

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    JAYPLAYZ GAMES

    2 months ago

    KENYA

    Greet the elderly with two hands as a sign of respect. Oh and NEVER BRING PLASTIC BAGS HERE.

    6

    flower Hercules

    9 months ago

    I noticed they lie alot on this chnl or are truly misinformed thats why I unsubscribed.

    Get Your facts Right 💡

    15

    leleleleleelelelelel

  13. In Thailand if you whistle at night people will scream because they say it's bad luck because you are calling the evil spirits.

  14. In Indonesia you have to smile and say "excuse me " when you pass someone older than you on the small street. And if you finish eating and you want to burbing is impolite and if you want please make the burb sound is not loud… So be careful with the sound .

  15. Bright Side had been lying for YEARS by now, but this is their greatest one yet. I am Russian, and women accept ANY KIND of flower.

  16. When in Canada wear antiperspirant as body odor is offensive. When entering someones home remove your shoes as the weather changes often so your shoes will be dirty most of the time. Do not make conversation in an elevator or public transit as you may get dirty looks.

  17. In Russia it is rude to say NO to people, just say I have to go becuase… Or if you are gonna reject them say it politely instead of saying the word NO.

  18. This is wrong because first up I went to Singapore and they had gum and my grandparents went to India and they were aloud to kiss like this is wrong

    Dont hate on me ok

  19. In Arabic conteries u can't right with or east with your left hand. I'm a lefty and this always gets me in trouble but I also am now double handed so its not a problem

  20. To see that my country, Malaysia…what not to do..it's pretty accurate and yet…messing with people's body without knowing them as closest person is a bad manners unless their baby's parents allowed you to pat their children….that's a sign of malaysian can be friendly at some part…we do earn to respect each other. That's my opinion.

  21. BRIGHT SIDE needs to do some research before posting something about India. Whatever you said about India is totally incorrect.

    Also, kissing in India does not put you in jail.

  22. Do not to selfie the religious objects,religious place and religious people in Thailand

  23. Korea
    – using both hands seems very polite and charming, but it's not nessesary.. Parents teach their little kids to do so, but no one really minds if you are not too rough.🤗

    But you must be careful with your attitude.😰 Some travellers ask their way to koreans in english, and show disrespect to those who can't speak english.. .
    It seems like they think it's 'normal' for everybody to speak english. But we speak korean mostly, and learn how to 'read' english not how to 'speak' in english at school. Learning english speaking is just an 'option' for us.

    …Since most koreans are very kind, if they can't help you because they don't speak english, they would be sorry for you.. But that doesn't mean that you have rights to complain to them.

    I am not sure if someone would read this or not.. But thank you for reading my long and boring comment.😁

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