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This Infographic Tells You How Not To Behave In 15 Countries Around The World

Travelling to a new country is one of the most exciting things you can do, facts are facts. But exploring new countries comes with a whole heap of travel etiquette and new customs to be aware of, and it can be hard to know how to behave when you’re abroad. Good news everybody, because now there’s a guide to the biggest faux pas to avoid in fifteen countries.

Business Insider put the handy infographic together, which lists specific behaviours to avoid in countries like Singapore, Japan, Norway and France.

It’s not a comprehensive list of travel etiquette, but it covers off some of the big ones. You shouldn’t tip in Japan, kiss in public in India, or make fun of The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.

Don’t be afraid to engage in the culture in Mexico, don’t expect a lot of vegan options in France, and cutting in line is a big no-go in the UK. The guide also lists a few of the unexpected things you can be fined for in Singapore, like feeding the birds and smoking.

Check out the full guide below:

Travel Etiquette: Infographic Tells You How Not To Behave In 15 Countries

Look, a lot of these basically come down to not being a dick, but go off. In particular, I wish everyone in Australia (and Broadway Shopping Centre especially) would learn Japan’s “Don’t stand on the wrong side of the escalator” rule.

Speaking of Australia, it’s sadly missing from the list. So, here are our humble picks for the top three things not to do in Australia: 1) Don’t go to a party without bringing a cob loaf. 2) Don’t disparage the boot and 3) don’t be afraid to engage in Australian culture by live tweeting The Masked Singer.

Ultimately though, it pays to do your own research before you travel to another country. Check out our guides to Tokyo’s oddly specific etiquette, like the fact it’s considered good manners to slurp your food. We also spoke to Marcia Langton, one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous academics and activists, on how to respect Indigenous landmarks.

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