Link: Top 10 cross-cultural gaffes

This article was written for travelers working in aviation, but it applies to anyone going abroad. Remember the one about revealing the sole of your shoe is a grave insult in Arabic cultures? It’s in there, along with nine others.

I’ve read a few over the years that don’t appear in the list. For instance, if you’re walking with a female companion, and you give someone the thumbs-up sign, you’ve just made an unpardonably sexist and derogatory statement about your companion. I think that was in and around Amsterdam, but I err on the side of caution when I’m out of the country.

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