Don’t flush your toilet paper and never finish your food or you’ll seem rude. When traveling to other countries for the first time, some local practices might come as potential culture shocks to foreigners. This handy infographic reveals surprising habits and social faux pas from around the world.
Whether you’re an avid traveler or enjoy exploring from the comfort of your computer, you’ve undoubtedly also come across some amusing stories of culture shock. To help would-be travellers out, UK-based Dubai specialist site Fly to Dubai detail 25 possible situations in which you may experience culture shock. Of course, everyone’s experiences are different. These potential cultural habits may not shock everyone.
Find out why the French kiss each other on the cheek as a sign of greeting. Or why you’re expected to eat what you’re given in South Africa. Don’t let these habits and social faux pas ruin what could be an otherwise life-changing experience. Take a look at the infographic so you can help deal with culture shocks before they happen.
Were any of these potential shocks particularly shocking for you? Do you have a different take on any of them? For example, being Canadian it doesn’t seem odd that milk comes in bags. You can get it in cartons or jugs too, but that’s just the way I’ve always purchased it. I’d love to hear your own thoughts on culture shocks below or on social media.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.