When you are in your own country, you hardly notice your own culture and customs. It is simply a way of life. Yet when you go abroad, there are various overseas customs to be aware of. By adhering to overseas customs you will both stay in favour with locals, and, at times, minimise the risk of accidents abroad.
Some common overseas customs
It is recommended that you read up on the specific overseas customs for your destination before you travel. This way you can be sure that you are not accidentally insulting anyone or appearing ignorant alongside locals.
As an example, here five somewhat unusual, yet common, overseas customs:
- Blowing your nose in public in China, France, Japan and Turkey is not only considered rude, but revolting.
- In the UK we are taught from a young age to eat everything on our plates, yet in China, Thailand and Russia you should leave a small amount of your meal. This shows that you have both enjoyed your meal and had your fill.
- In Japan it is rude to eat food anywhere outside of a catering establishment; eating your breakfast on the go, as we do in the UK, is a big no-no.
- Most of Europe share your grandparents’ belief that todays sportswear casual look is somewhat disrespectful. This is also the case in Japan.
- Forget being on time for any events in Argentina. They expect all guests to be around one hour late, so much so that it would be considered imposing if you arrived on time.
Claiming compensation for accidents abroad
If you have been involved in an accident abroad through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
That being said, travel accident claims can be complex, which is why it is best to have an expert legal team to hand. This is where Accident Advice Helpline step in to help you.
For more information on travel accident compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Call us today on our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice