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Is it true that "in Singapore, you should assume all rules are implemented at all times"?

One user makes the above claim in a comment here. That user also claims: in Singapore, rules which are elsewhere seen as a formality or unimportant are enforced in Singapore. eg, not eating or ...
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What are the rules about interacting with Spanish police?

Good evening! I am an American, due to travel to Spain sometime next month. This will be my first trip to the country, and I will be travelling with passengers. I'm curious to know, what the ...
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Is it appropriate for female tourists in India to wear ball cap style hats?

I will be traveling soon to visit India and I’m wondering if it’s appropriate for female tourists to wear ball cap style hats?
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Why do hotels have sanitary bags?

What is the purpose of the bag? Why not just throw hygiene products directly to the garbage can after wrapping it with paper, same as what people do in their home. Sanitary bags in hotels are usually ...
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What is this contraption?

Below is a screenshot captured from a Google Street View scene. The scene shows a travellers' camp in Norfolk county in the The United Kingdom. It contains a mixture of the old and the new: a bowtop ...
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Are women allowed to have dreadlocks in the Maghreb region?

My friend and I are planning to travel to the Maghreb region once it is safer to do so. She has fairly long (maybe chest length) dreadlocks and we were wondering if we might run into any issues while ...
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Should you sit in the back or the front of Swedish taxis?

In most American movies the passengers sit in the back. Is this also the case in Sweden or is it fine to sit in the front passenger seat? Also, the typical London taxi doesn't even have a front ...
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Is EBM music regularly played anywhere social in South East Asia?

EBM music is an electronic "dark" and "underground" dance music with a few subtypes. Example: "New School" subtype Example: Industrial subtype Example: Anhalt subtype EBM music originated in Belgium ...
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Male visiting Iran with younger female companion

I am planning for a vacation in Iran. I am a European Union passport holder and would especially like to see the main architectural sites along the Teheran-Kashan-Esfahan-Shiraz corridor. I am ...
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Is paying for portrait photos good for the people in the community you're photographing?

Scenario: You go to a remote village in 3rd world country x. You see a photogenic wizened old man, or woman in traditional dress, etc and ask if you could take a photo. They indicate yes, but also ...
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Observing Cultural Norms on 'Local' Islands in the Maldives

My partner and I are looking at going to the Maldives next year, and in an effort to keep the costs down, we are looking at spending time on local islands (some or all of Thoddoo, Rashdoo, Ukulhas and ...
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Will having long hair (as a man) cause me problems when travelling in Muslim countries?

I usually have a ponytail, but when my hair is down it's past my shoulders. I have been considering travelling to a few different countries such as Iran or Algeria, but I'd definitely prefer a general ...
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"You look tired!" In which countries is this a compliment? [closed]

In which countries/cultures is "You look tired" a compliment? A travel for work and I often hear the phrase "You look tired" delivered as a compliment. The underlying message seems to be "You are ...
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Is wearing a keffiyeh as a scarf in South America inapproriate?

I am planning on taking my keffiyeh (a patterend black-white square scarf, commonly used as head cover in the Middle East) on my trip to Chile, Bolivia and Peru to wear it as a scarf while hiking in ...
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How to prepare to host a Chinese guest on her first trip to Europe

I will shortly be hosting a female Chinese guest in my home for two days (I’m an Airbnb-er). She is travelling with her daughter, who is studying here in the UK and speaks very good English, so I don’...
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Christmas Dinner in Foreign Country

Due to flight mixups I am stranded in a foreign country for Christmas. How does one get invited to Christmas Dinner in Foreign Countries, specifically in Spanish Cultures since Christmas is ...
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Why do US hotels sandwich the blanket between two sheets instead of putting it inside a duvet cover?

Every US hotel I've stayed in so far sandwiched the blanket between two sheets, instead of putting it inside a duvet cover. To be more specific, hotels have the following layers on the bed: Layer 1: ...
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Which language is preferable for speaking with Palestinians: Hebrew or English?

Obviously, the best language to use to speak to Palestinians in Palestine is their own language, Arabic. If Arabic is not an option, which would generally be preferable: Hebrew or English? I'm ...
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Can person take a toothpick from a restaurant in Japan?

It's kind of strange question but let's give it a try. Several times after paying a bill in a restaurant in Japan, my friend was going to take a toothpick to carry it outside but a waiter said/warned ...
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How to deal with other tourists taking pictures of my children?

Recently, my family and I (two parents, two daughters below 3) were in Spain. We had a great time in Barcelona and then in Andalusia. However, I found myself several times annoyed by other tourists ...
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Does wearing imperial beard in the UK attract any ire of general public?

I love Imperial beard, which is also known as Friendly Mutton Chops. Take this for an example: Source: Maria Ly, via Wikimedia Commons Here is a another gentleman that more people can relate to: ...
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Whispering in other cultures

In America, many people will find it rude if you are talking to others in a whisper within a distance at which they would hear conversation at a normal volume. I guess the assumption is that ...
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Are there any laws in Italy about head coverings I should be aware of?

I'm visiting Rome in September with my wife who wears a head scarf. Are there any rules or customs we should be aware of?
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In what scenarios is it beneficial to BYO yukata? [closed]

I'm thinking about whether to pack a yukata for my next trip to Japan, and I'm thinking of scenarios where it's appropriate to wear a yukata, but it isn't already available. I'm not worried about the ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to enter mosques in Malaysia?

When I was in Morocco, I was disappointed to find out non-Muslims, in general, aren't permitted in mosques in the country, but I heard this isn't the case in some other countries. I'm headed to ...
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What kind of behaviours must we avoid while staying in Singapore?

This is my first month in Singapore to start working here. I have heard that this country is very strict with their citizens and even tourists to keep the country clean and proud. Are there any ...
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What major difficulties are faced while planning an international trip? [closed]

In order to help the clients (travelers) better, we'd like to understand the problems based on the general perceptions as well as personal experiences while traveling abroad.
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Asian ladies and older man grabbing cheeks and slapping butts for children

Ok so my kids are 'suffering' (not really, lol) from elderly people in South East Asian countries (Thailand and Cambodia). Their cheeks seem to work like magnets for the hands of old ladies and they ...
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What does this symbol on a door mean? (福) [closed]

I live in the Czech Republic in an area where many nationalities live. This year I noticed this strange symbol on multiple doors, although I am sure it has never been there before. What does it mean?...
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Can I expect to be welcome in Pakistan if I'm an Indian? [closed]

I'm an Indian researching The Harappan Civilization of India as my personal interest. Unfortunately after Partition the area is located in Pakistan. Since India and Pakistan are well-known enemies, ...
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What etiquette, if any, is there for where the knot goes when wearing a yukata or kimono?

When wearing either a yukata or a kimono, what etiquette, if any, is there about where the knot goes? Do only sex workers (whose work is illegal nowadays in Japan) deliberately wear a knot in front of ...
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Would it be ok to eat rice using a spoon in front of Westerners?

It seems to me that Westerners are willing to learn to use chopsticks in Asian restaurants. However, when spoons are the way the dish is normally eaten within the country of origin, Westerners prefer ...
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Barefoot World-trip [closed]

I am an avid barefoot walker. In fact did not wear any shoes since 2 years. Did already barefoot travel in parts the western world without any mayor problem. Although in some countries I got more ...
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Parenting in the USA [closed]

My company wants me to temporally do some project in the USA (6months). I want to take my family with me. We raise our children quite independent. For example: The oldest (7) is allowed to many ...
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Dos and don'ts at a Vietnamese wedding

I'm invited to a wedding in Ho Chi Minh City. I know virtually nothing about Vietnam, I'll be there for the first time in my life. I know a little about Asian culture, but the only country I've ...
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When traveling in Ukraine, when is it appropriate to wear the traditional Vyshyvanka?

Vyshyvanka (Ukrainian: ″Вишиванка″) is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. I have bought this traditional shirt a few years ago and would be traveling to ...
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Why are wheelie bins half-buried in parts of Luxembourg?

Walking around a residential area in Luxembourg, I noticed that each home had their wheelie bin for general rubbish in the front yard strangely placed in a neat, concrete-lined pit. It wasn't ...
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Why do Japanese ATMs dispense money stacked differently to those in the west? [closed]

I recently went to Japan (specifically Osaka and a few other places around Kansai) for the first time in my life, and had an amazing time. One of the many cultural differences I noticed was that ...
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Why is this bathroom symbol in Germany "00"?

I'm sitting in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich and just noticed that the signs for the bathroom are a symbol of a man and woman with a "00". Why is this the case?
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What headwear are women legally required to wear in Iran?

In Air France cabin crew angered by ruling to wear headscarves in Tehran, it's stated by Air France that women, even people who are presumably non-Iranian and non-Muslim, are required to wear a "veil":...
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Do doctors outside of US routinely shake hands with their patients and staff? [closed]

Researching whether fist-bumps indeed would transmit less bacteria than a handshake, I found that, apparently, shaking hands with your doctor is a thing in the US, and, apparently, is expected by both ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

Basically this question but then for Indonesia. In the coming year I (male) plan to travel through Indonesia (Java and Sumatra) with my girlfriend. We will probably travel several weeks, aim to stay ...
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Need visa for brother to travel with me to UK

I am an Indian doctor working in the Gulf. I have applied for a visa to attend a post graduate exam. My employer has provided me with a letter for the UK Consulate for assistance with providing a visa,...
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Abaya standards in Saudi Arabia

My fiance and I have an opportunity to travel from the US to Saudi Arabia (we would get married before going to avoid any problems) but she is trying to determine what type of clothing she will need. ...
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Why are Korean girls camera shy?

I am trying to understand the reason why Korean girls are so camera shy. Whenever they realize a public camera is on them in a situation an American girl would wave or smile or thumbs up, they ...
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Is it socially/culturally acceptable for Indian/Sri Lankan people to visit the Oktoberfest?

I will be in Spain by the last few days in September, and since the Munich Oktoberfest ends on October 4th, I have a few days to visit Oktoberfest. I'm a Sri Lankan citizen, and I look obvious for ...
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How common is open carry of firearms in the USA? [closed]

This winter, I am planning to go to the USA for the first time. One of my concerns is the presence of weapons in public. I just came back from Paris and the sight of armed soldiers patrolling public ...
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How to behave in a museum? [closed]

While travelling, specially in cities, it is common to visit museums. Since tourists come from a lot of countries, you encounter other ways of approaching the museum and the experience. However, it ...
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When someone in India asks for my "Good Name", what are they expecting?

Quite a few times now in India, from hotel staff to taxi staff to in shops, I've had someone ask me for my Good Name. A common form of this question is someone asking me What is your Good Name, Sir? ...
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What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?

According to Wikitravel, the thumbs up gesture is extremely offensive in Iran. However, it's generally what you use when indicating you wish to hitch a ride in many other countries. The thumbs up ...
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