If international travel is on your agenda, you should know that Americans have some habits that are hated in other countries. For instance, tipping. In some countries, like Japan or South Korea, tipping is seen as an insult. If they do a great job, just let them know. Some say that leaving a tip in these countries gives the message that they look like they need money. Several countries don’t like it when you sit in the back of a cab. Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Ireland all have cabbies that prefer you to sit shotgun if someone isn’t already there. Why? Everyone should be equal and deserves equal sitting. In the Middle East, Latin America, Western Africa, Russia, and Greece, a thumbs-up has a pretty negative connotation. In fact, if you did it in one of these countries, you may as well be flipping the bird. Here, it means “good job,” but it may be best to say the words when you’re outside of America.
My daughter and her husband are currently vacationing in London, where they learned in an AIRBnB, that a washing machine and a washing-up machine are two different things entirely! The washing machine is for dishes, and the washing-up machine for for clothes! ~Melissa
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