#TTOT Round-Up: Customs From Around the World

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Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT: 

Q1 via raintravels: What custom do you think is unique to your country?

  • Jlowthrop: India … my absolute favourite … the head wiggle! Love it! Yes, no, maybe, go away, hello, come, ok… so many meanings
  • AllyToullec: I’m from france, so I believe that being on strike for pretty much anything is one of our custom
  • GFexplorers: Us Brits love a good queuing session preferably with fish & chips at the end of the line
  • 25travels: Filipino time – which is meeting AT LEAST 1 hour later the actual scheduled time
  • BryanCSnider: In the US we like to have ice in almost all of our beverages
  • gogogasti: Yerba Mate at work
  • backpackergurl: Tire d’érable – cabane à sucre, pouring boiling maple sap on snow and eating it
  • claudiabia: Customs from Brazil – be super friendly, invite strangers to parties/ lunch in their houses, kiss in the cheeks and hug
  • thesarahbot: Giving other people much wider personal space

Q2 via himalfootsteps: Did you adopt any custom you met on travels?

  • LifesGreatAdv: I now tend to ‘slurp’ my noodle soup – much more fun, and i never waste the leftover liquid, always drink every last drop!
  • MyDestination: The Indian head wobble…..although I STILL cant get it right!
  • YHZgirl: I adopted drinking tea since moving to England
  • traveldudes: I eat Asian cuisine with fork & spoon or chopsticks
  • kymri: Beans on toast – breakfast of champions!  
  • kookabar: Calling every person you meet by 1st name (even senior acquaintances). Still trying to get used to it
  • JeffTitelius: Having a glass of wine each night after my first visit to Europe
  • tarabradberry: Breakfast doesn’t seem the same without black olives, since Turkey
  • rickydurrance: Crouching down when waiting rather than sitting on a bench – picked that up in Cambodia, hence calling it the Cambodian crouch
  • HolDesigners: Reaching for the hibiscus tea in times of stress! Our friends in Egypt assure us it lowers blood pressure

Q3 via cabanbury: What is the most unusual custom you have come across during your travels?

  • lowcostholidays: The lack of driving skills required to be road worth in certain countries is always a shocker!
  • walkflypinoy: Hanging onions on your door to drive way bad spirits
  • sunshinesiestas: All Saint’s Day in Spain, all my neighbors are cleaning off graves of their ancestors, and everything is closed
  • petebouch: Eating with my new friend in Morocco, but only with the right hand, never, ever the left hand, ever
  • evitravels: Love the bright, baggy, colorful, matching pajama sets as daytime garb in Cambodia
  • sudhamathew: Hamam baths in Turkey and being roughly scrubbed by a woman older than your mom!
  • earthXplorer: In Bali, when having a baby, the ‘Dad’ can’t cut his hair until the baby is born
  • TheMinuteTour: Haggling in Cairo
  • HipTraveler: I had to pay for a squat toilet in China and that money was clearly not going towards maintenance

Q4 via insidetravellab: Have you ever come across any customs you disapprove of? How did you handle that?

  • Meggerroo: Throwing trash on the ground in Honduras bothers me. I saved my water bags and trash until I could find a trash can
  • jesswhitworth: Piling as many members of the family as possible, including pets, on to a tiny moped in Vietnam
  • NomadTours: Customs that aren’t cool – Female Genital Mutilation in North and West Africa, it needs to stop!
  • MzansiGirl: The Swazi Reed dance, where the king get to pick his next virgin bride
  • rickydurrance: The lack of effective queuing the world over
  • zaira_newfront: The annual seal hunt – killing animals violently for pleasure and money disturbs me
  • littlegingerkid: I don’t approve of arranged/forced marriages, but I try not to disapprove of customs. Different culture & value systems 
  • GQtrippin: Many people are shocked to hear that Vietnam puts ice in their beer. Who are we to judge how they like their Tiger beer?
  • DangerousBiz: I could disagree with lots of customs around the world. But when they’re not mine, who am I to judge?

Q5 via 20sTravel: What’s the biggest cultural faux pas you’ve made?

  • NomadTours: In Venice, it took us 3 attempts before we had all the clothing required to visit St Mark’s Basilica in Venice… whoops!
  • aussiegirlindia: Accidentally using my left hand to eat with (even though I swear it was clean)
  • destinology: I almost passed out when a full cooked rabbit w/ floppy ears cut in half at dinner in Paris
  • StefanoPedroni: Try to give the 3 Italian cheeks kisses and a hug to a Thai mate while she was bowing, total disaster!
  • Ruthierolo: Siitting with the soles of my feet facing a monk on a temple stay. Opps!
  • ChurnetValley: In Egypt I kept eating everything on my plate (good UK manners). Oops, a sign I thought hosts were being stingy
  • gqtrippin: Snapping photos of the ‘window models’ in Amsterdam’s red light district. Man did I learn my lesson
  • rkerestes: Thinking I was dressed modestly (by Western stds) when I wasn’t (by Eastern stds) before entering holy sites – major faux pas 
  • FrankDiCesare: Asking for my steak cooked medium well in Paris. You would’ve though I insulted the waiter’s grandmother

And there you have it, “Customs From Around the World”!   

Next week’s #TTOT topic is: “Museums”. Submit your questions HERE! And don’t forget to follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT to chat about all things travel!

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Have YOU got anything to add to the “Customs From Around the World” travel discussion? 

© Connie Hum 2011

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