Most of the Hong Kong people are frequent traveller, but one thing never changes – before setting foot in another country, it’s always better to learn about the little idiosyncrasies of the locals. Not only would it prevent you from being labelled as an obnoxious tourist and embarrassing yourself, it would help you better immerse yourself in the experience so you can get the most out of your journey.
So without further ado, here are 10 dos and don’ts in countries around the world – pay attention, some of them may help you in your next destination!
|1. Hot springs towels
Japanese hot springs are amazing for relaxation, but they also come with a whole lot of etiquette rules. One of the less known ones is that you should never let your towel slip and fall into the pool. And if you did, never, ever, wring it off in the hot springs, as it is an extremely rude and barbaric act.
|2. Get your body ready
You should never jump into a hot spring. Before heading into the water, sit on the edge and pour the hot spring water onto yourself. Doing so will gradually heat up your body and help it adjust for the temperature.
|3. Don’t swim in the water
Hot springs are for peaceful relaxation. Be courteous and supress your urge to exercise.
|4. Don’t accidentally flip someone off
In the UK, the flipped V sign is considered an obscene gesture. Be mindful of your hand gestures while in the public – even if you are taking selfies.
|5. Chopsticks etiquette
We were taught that we should never stick our chopsticks upright in our rice, as it signifies that it is an offering for the dead. Did you know the same tradition is observed in Japan? Also, never pass food from chopstick to chopstick as it is another reference to a funeral tradition.
|6. Keep your sole to yourself
Never point at people with your feet while you’re visiting Thailand. The feet are considered as the most inferior parts of the body, and using them to point at people is considered extremely offensive and disrespectful. The same act is also considered a taboo in Arab countries.
|7. Say no to PDAs
PDA stands for public displays of affection. They are considered very inconsiderate in many cultures, and in some Muslim countries, they are punishable by law. So do your thing in your room.
|8. When visiting restaurants
At most restaurants around the world, you should wait to be seated. However, if you’re visiting Germany, simply walk towards the table yourself, as sharing tables with strangers is very common in the country.
|9. Shoes placement
When you’re visiting a friend’s place in the US, you are not expected to take your shoes off in the living room, as many Americans only take them off in the bedroom. But if you’re in Japan, be prepared to take off your shoes more often than usual as it is customary to do so in many areas, and especially in other’s homes.
|10. You should tip, maybe
Almost every country has different customs when it comes to tipping. In many countries in the west, tipping after receiving a service is seen as a gratitude. In some other countries, like Japan, tipping could be seen as an insult. Always check before you tip.
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The resort is located close to numerous tourist spots such as Garden of Zuihou Temple, Glod Bath, Silver Bath, Arima Stamp Museum and more. The resort has numerous hot springs offerings on offer, including outdoor and indoor pools. Outdoor pools are complemented with gorgeous mountain views.
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Ideally located just one block away from the Las Vegas strip, the newly renovated hotel provides a relaxing experience for guests while allowing them to stay close to the heart of the city. In true Vegas fashion, the hotel also operates a casino for guests who are looking to try their luck.
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Hotel Berlin, Berlin – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.1/5
Located in the heart of Berlin, the hotel is great for everyone from individual travellers and families on a trip. Shopaholics may visit KaDeWe, one of the largest shopping centres in Germany, in only 8 minutes. Guests who wish do to a bit of sightseeing will also be glad to know that Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall Memorial are also relatively close to the hotel.
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This hotel is one of the most convenient hotels in Heathrow, being only minutes away from all terminals. Within 15 miles from the hotel, tourist attractions include Legoland Windsor, Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, Thrope Park and more.
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