Last Updated on January 7, 2021
One of the best things about traveling is being able to immerse oneself in a different culture full of peculiarities and nuances that contribute to make us a much wiser person by the end of our trip. It is a learning process that contributes to our personal growth, and that is considered to be a source of lasting happiness.
Whether you are a backpack traveler or a traveler who appreciates luxury and relaxation the most, it is possible to get to know the culture of the country that you are visiting in any type of trip. Even during business trips: business culture is an essential part of a country and can reveal fascinating things about the local people.
But sometimes dealing with people from a different culture or knowing how to act in a certain country can be really sketchy.
In many ways, many confrontations and misunderstandings happen because people from a completely different culture may have an opposite view related to something you consider being absolutely normal. By accelerating the process of globalization, the Internet has contributed to mitigating this clash between opposing realities.
#1 – Bull horns
A bull horn sign is a hand gesture formed by extending both the index and little fingers while maintaining the other fingers closed. In the United States, this gesture is widely used by rock artists and music fans with a “Rock On!” meaning.
However, it is probably not a good idea to this gesture in the Mediterranean and Latin countries like Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, for example (except if you are attending a live concert and really feeling the rock and roll vibe).
In these countries, the bull horns gesture is considered offensive: when displayed towards a man, it is used to suggest that his wife is cheating on him.
#2 – Wearing shoes indoors
Many countries’ culture dictates removing shoes before entering a person’s house to be good manners. It is a question of both respect and hygiene. With the rise in popularity of services like Airbnb, knowing how to behave in a house owned by a person with different habits became extremely important.