Adhering to cultural niceties isn’t all about restrictions. Traveling sets you free, too. In China, it’s considered a compliment to belch after a good meal, and in many Southeast Asian countries (even Japan), noisily slurping noodles and broths are encouraged. Such freedoms aside, if you’d prefer to make friends rather than cause offense, some rules are best followed when you’re on the road.
Some cultural rules are laws. Pay special attention to cultural rules that carry prison sentences (or fines).
This is the area of travel with the most etiquette rules to remember! So here goes:
Japan has its very own category of etiquette rules.
These little-known social gaffes are well worth avoiding.
How graciously you treat the locals you encounter when you travel – whether taxi drivers, hotel staff, porters or guides – speaks volumes.
From cabins in the woods to leisurely stays in the world’s great cities, ‘slow travel’ can be better for us and the planet.