15 Big No-Nos Around the World

One of the most interesting aspects of traveling is how different countries are and we’re not talking about landscapes, languages, or food! Sometimes even the most basic hand gesture can mean something completely different somewhere else. They could possibly be offensive.

Imagine a situation where all of a sudden someone you’re talking to becomes visibly uncomfortable. You know you did something you weren’t supposed to, but you’re not entirely sure what. Well, if you want to know more about the proper way to “behave” abroad, just read on!

1. The bullhorn sign – Italy

If you’re at a heavy metal concert, putting up the bullhorn is totally normal. Rock on, man! However, in Italy, if you do this to someone, you might find yourself in a sticky situation.

The bullhorn sign means you’re telling the person he is a cuckold. And no one would like a stranger telling them their partner is cheating on them! So just be aware and make sure you do it in the right situation.

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2. Being loud on public transit – South Korea

When you ride the bus or metro in South Korea, you’ll realize it’s pleasantly – and eerily – quiet. It’s because being loud is considered a nuisance and is avoided at all costs. You should keep conversations to a minimum.

It’s not uncommon to see the driver telling kids or tourists off for being loud and obnoxious. Even having a quiet chat could get you some death stares! So, unless it’s an emergency or really necessary, don’t do it and entertain yourself quietly instead.

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3. Blowing your nose – Brazil

In European countries, blowing your nose is something normal, especially during the winter when you don’t want to be sniffling all the time. In Brazil, however, it can be considered disgusting if done in public.

Never ever do it at the table while other people are eating! If you really need to blow your nose, go to the toilet or a quiet room to do it.

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