Mind Your Manners When Traveling Internationally

I love traveling to different places and experiencing the native cuisines and their local traditions. When going native, you learn a lot about a country’s culture and a very different set of table manners than here in the United States. Here are my Top 10 favorite International Table Manners that will help you ¬†avoid making a faux pas when visiting foreign destinations.

1) Hong Kong/China – If you are eating fish, do not turn the fish over when finished eating one side as that is considered rude and bad luck for the fisherman. It means his boat will tip over. Yikes!

Asian food

2) Japan – place your chopsticks together in front of you or rest them on your plate, parallel to the edge of the table, or on a chopstick rest never across or in your rice bowl!

3) Thailand – if your meal is served with a fork, use it only to push the food onto your spoon, then eat with your spoon.

tacos4) Mexico – never eat tacos with a fork as the Mexicans will think you are snobby. Eat with your hands! And do not begin eating until your host says Buen provecho!

5) Chile – is very formal when it comes to dining so remember to eat all meals, including finger foods, with a knife and fork.

capuccino6) Italy – order cappuccino before noon only or be known forever after as a tourist. Want a coffee later – order an espresso.

7) Europe – hold the fork in your left hand and knife in your right and keep them in your hands at all times throughout the meal. And whatever you do, don’t place your elbows on the table.

8) France  РDo not eat your bread before the meal but as an accompaniment to your meal or with the cheese course. And, believe it or not, it is fine in France to place your bread right on the table.

Vodka neat

9) Italy – Do not ask for Parmesan cheese with any Italian dish where it is not served with the meal. They consider it an afront to the chef and a way to ruin the flavors of the dish.

10) Russia – don’t say no to Vodka in Russia as it is offered as a sign of trust and friendship. Oh and don’t ask for ice or mix it with anything as they always drink it neat.

Buen provecho!


About Vacationplanit

Linda Warren is a former marketing director and now owns her own vacation planning website, Vacationplanit.com. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Asia and is sharing her experiences and love of new places with her fellow travelers. Very curious and organized, she researches each trip and plans itineraries with the intent of getting the most out of each exciting destination. Join Linda on her website, www.vacationplanit.com, and take advantage of her vast knowledge and research to make your vacation planning simple and fun.
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One Response to Mind Your Manners When Traveling Internationally

  1. saiful says:

    Nice blog for different place and different information its really helpful for the world wide tourist.

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