Everyone loves to travel, but that doesn’t mean we’re all good at it. Etiquette varies from country to country and you can’t possibly be expected to know all of the local customs when you travel. However, there are a few basic rules to follow when going abroad that should keep you from embarrassing your fellow countrymen – and if you don’t follow them, you’re officially branded an Annoying Tourist.
Here’s how to tell if you’re the traveling version of “That Guy,” and how to avoid it in the future.
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You Ignore the Rules
As tempting as it is to play the “I’m just a tourist” card, you shouldn’t take short cuts or flout the rules and expect to get a pass just because you’re a foreigner. One of the most exciting things about traveling is that you’re faced with new challenges to overcome, whether they’re related to navigation, language or culture. Don’t go against traffic rules, ignore signage or requests from locals and don’t even think about butting into that queue.