Summer vacation planning? With rock bottom prices in many other countries, perhaps you are contemplating venturing out of the USA. If so, here is some international vacation etiquette tips from that will help make your journey more successful.
First of all, it might be noted that it is important to read about the country before you pack your clothing. Fodor’s gives us four areas of concentration: “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. They say, “err on the side of caution when packing. Even though a garment might be very fashionable or even considered conservative in the US, it might be highly offensive elsewhere. For example, in Jordan, nothing too revealing should be worn in public. Too revealing also means your knees. Check out Street Peeper, to get a sense of how locals are dressing in major cities throughout the world.”
Given the current reasonable rates in parts of the UK , know that those in the UK expect you to “mind the queue” which is simply, don’t cut in ANY line. Also be aware of the no smoking law in restaurants or pubs that was effective in most areas in 2004.
When traveling in Ireland: “Greet and dismiss others with a handshake; do not shy away from eye contact as it would make you appear untrustworthy; it is disrespectful to be loud; It is considered bad manners for men to be openly physical with women or to touch, hug or even pat other men. The Irish like to have their personal space. “Apologize if you get too close”, says Barb Nefer, Demand Media, http://traveltips.usatoday.com/ireland-travel-etiquette-3374.html
In the Caribbean or the Dominican Republic, the islands are well-populated with Europeans and others who sunbathe topless as well as a lot of males in very skimpy bikinis. This was quite a shock when my husband and I first went to the Dominican Republic on vacation. In more “conservative countries like Jamaica and the Bahamas, bathing topless is frowned upon”.www.fodors.com
If your desire is to take the kids to Italy, caution them not to order parmesan for their pizza. It’s like an insult and will not be taken lightly. Best rule of thumb posted by CNN is, “If it’s not offered, don’t ask for it”. And remember, pasta comes before your salad. http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/travel/international-food-etiquette-rules
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