October 31, 2010

Travel Taboos

A truly informative piece by Fox News points out the common mistakes that travelers make when visiting other cultures and countries because simple things like hand gestures that are common in the United States may be considered offensive somewhere else. Ironic that in other countries certain gestures may mean the exact opposite of what we know them to mean.

Don’t make the “OK” sign with your fingers in Brazil, for instance, as it’s read as extremely vulgar there. Don’t use your left hand in Morocco, for the left hand is the unholy or dirty hand and is used for things like wiping oneself in the bathroom and shouldn’t be used for eating for shaking hands. Public nose picking is considered good hygiene in Thailand and white is the color of death in Korea and other Asian countries. Good to know.

Read the full article here.

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2 Comments on “Travel Taboos”

  • Posted by Jared on November 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    When you say it’s “oxymoronic sounding” are you referring to your statement that Fox News could have an informative piece? I think that’s a pretty bold statement for you to make.

    Can you please clarify what your intent?

  • Posted by JetBlue on November 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Jared. The phrase was intended as a double entendre regarding the content of the piece, like how a thumbs-up is a positive sign for Americans, but could be construed as negative in some places. Ironic would have been a better word than oxymoronic, perhaps. We’ll consider rewording so as not to further confuse.

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