This is a great article on ways to embarrass yourself when traveling to foreign countries. I know 3 very well, its China pushing back, learn a little French, and photos in China. Close personal space and pushing in China is very common and it makes Americans uncomfortable especially me at first. After I learned it was part of the culture I encourage it and push back as well but for the first timer to China it is one of the cultural differences that should be learned before heading to China. I have learned that knowing a little of the local language goes a long way and it is a great ice breaker. We learned a little French for our trip to Paris France and we were met with nothing but great people making us feel welcome. Where ever you go you should take the time to learn a few basic phrases which show you respect their culture. The third is my Chinese wife favorite and it is photos. As foreigners traveling to China many Chinese will want to take your photo and they love to take photos. My wife in America takes photos like crazy and takes photos of every meal we eat out. When we go to In-N-Out burger she is taking a photo and when we eat at our favorite Thai restaurant she is taking photos. So when you travel to a foreign country part of your planning should be to learn about the countries cultural differences and language. Travel Smart and Travel Safe.
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