1. Don’t Tip in Japan
Service at restaurants and hotels will likely be exceptional in Japan, but tipping isn’t done; and it could be seen as degrading.
2. Don’t Smile at Strangers in Russia
They’ll see it as an intimate gesture, indicating a genuine affinity toward another person. If you don’t know them, they might consider you insincere.
3. Don’t Talk With Your Hands in Your Pockets in Germany
It’s considered rude. It’s also customary to keep your hands on the table while eating, rather than resting them in your lap.
4. Don’t Eat Everything on Your Plate in China
That shows your host didn’t provide enough food or a filling meal. Along with leaving a little, it’s fine to burp after eating, as a compliment to the chef.
5. Don’t Use Your Left Hand in India
The left hand is thought of as unclean in Indian culture, so always use your right hand to greet someone, exchange money, or pick up merchandise.
6. Don’t Honk in Norway
It’s only used in an emergency—so your unnecessary beeping could cause drivers to panic.
7. Don’t Forget to Say Hello in France
“Bonjour madame, monsieur” should be the first words out of your mouth, otherwise you’re subtly showing you feel the person is beneath you.