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What’s Something Socially Acceptable in Your Country That Is Considered Odd in Others?

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Do the locals not take kindly to you?

Have you ever seen a tourist in your city do something odd, and they don’t even think twice about it? Or have you been traveling and the locals give you the side eye? Travelers know there’s a multitude of cultures differences within every country, and one should have the decency to take the five minutes to Google those social norms before jetting off. For example, Europeans should know that tipping is customary here in the States, but some feign ignorance even though it’s a well known custom. But that’s a pretty basic example. International Redditors share their countries socially acceptable actions that didn’t work out so well when traveling abroad.

confused tourist looking at map

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Get your fanny packs out and write these down!

Japan: No Tips for You

japanese waiter taking order

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Tipping is very socially unacceptable in Japan, it’s considered insulting, as if you are saying “Your job is so pathetic I pity you, have some money from someone with a real job”(Maxwell_Thompson)

Hungary: The Red Dress

bride and groom outside with red wedding dress

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In Hungarian weddings, around midnight (of an all night party) the bride and groom will disappear, and then reappear some time later with the bride having changed from her white dress into a red one. Then the wedding emcee will basically announce that there is one less girl in the world and one more woman, and essentially now that she’s no longer a girl she can dance with anyone… for money. Then the wedding guests basically put money in a hat to have a brief time to dance with the bride, and if you put a lot of money in you can even request the song. (At traditional, huge weddings this would even go on so long that groomsmen would show up wearing drag to “pretend” to be the bride and give the poor woman a break!)
Mind, even though it’s perfectly normal to live with your boyfriend/girlfriend in Hungary these days before getting married, and it would be weird to not have sex beforehand, I can’t say I have ever heard of other modern cultures celebrating the consummation of the wedding short of nomadic tribes or similar. (Andromeda321)