Questions tagged [etiquette]

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How do you behave in icelandic public swimming pools?

I've been to Iceland a few times and my relatives have informed me that when taking a bath in the public swimming pools there are a lot of rules to follow. In Sweden, where I live, the only rule is ...
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Is it impolite to ask for an in-flight catalogue with no intention of buying?

Sometimes when I go on a short 1 hour flight, I usually just like to watch the take-off, have a drink and read the in-flight catalogue (just out of interest) and watch the landing. In some airlines, ...
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Are sweatpants frowned upon on flights?

I was planning on wearing sweatpants on my flight from East Asia to East Europe, but my parents shut me down, saying that it's not looked upon kindly and people wearing sweatpants are usually a bit of ...
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How to determine what I should eat on a flight with passengers with nut allergies

I recently returned from a trip to Florida on British Airways. On both flights there was an announcement that some passengers have a severe nut allergy and so we were instructed not to eat food ...
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How can I visit resort-like high schools, without looking creepy?

I grew up Hong Kong and went a dingy publicly funded school in concrete jungle ...no green space! It doesn't look like the fee-paying schools beneath. Since I moved to Toronto, visiting these ...
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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

Airplane announcements always say that that "the seatback has to be in an upright position" for takeoff. However, what's the earliest you can recline your seat after takeoff? The moment the wheels ...
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Etiquette when sharing a sleeping car room with stranger in Europe

Travelling by train by night in a sleeping car is an experience which is rarer those days. In most European night trains, there is an option to book a single bed in a shared room, and it is very ...
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Do hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store?

In some countries a way of tipping the cleaning personnel is to leave a small amount of money (e.g. In Portugal about €1). While in Germany, I have noticed the well known pro-recycling policy that ...
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How would Japanese people react to someone refusing to say “itadakimasu” for religious reasons?

So, it’s my understanding that in Japan it’s considered to be polite to say “itadakimasu” before eating. From what I’ve read, it seems that the meaning of this phrase derives from Buddhist and Shinto ...
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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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Is tipping customary in London in a restaurant?

If I am going to a restaurant in London, would it be customary to tip the waiter/waitress when I receive the bill? Would it be seem as offensive if I don’t?
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How does one use the water plunge pool outside a Hungarian sauna?

Users of a (single-sex) sauna in a Hungarian hotel or at a thermal baths typically go naked. There is often a plunge pool of cold water outside it (also in the single-sex area). How does one use this? ...
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Can you also slurp soups that don't have any noodles in Japan?

I am writing a paper and couldn't find sources on just slurping the soups. Could anyone help.
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May giving advice offend somebody in Germany? [closed]

It is pretty common in Czechia to give advices to your collegues, even your bosses - what they could do better, what could be done better in development, etc. In the near future, friend of mine is ...
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Should we check out from hotel? [duplicate]

I got a hotel card now. My smart gf says I do not need to check out. She said just throw away the card that the hotel will automatically check me out. The card is cheap and replaceable. I fear that ...
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Should I say hello to the passport control officers, or just quietly give them my passport?

What is the etiquette? What do the passport control officers expect? I’m asking from the point of politeness and efficiency.
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Can I lean the seat backwards in a bus when a person behind me complains about it? [duplicate]

This happened a few years ago in a bus form Paris to Cologne. I leaned the seat backwards as far as possible and the person behind me heavily complained about not having enough space. I saw that she ...
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Is it common/accepted to bring a dog in Tuscany (Italy)?

I understand Italian people have a very different etiquette when it comes to dining etc. Would we be allowed to bring a small dog to most terraces/restaurants? This will be in small towns, not tourist ...
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Dress for First Class?

I'll be flying first class from Kansas City to Orlando this fall. This'll be my first time experiencing this, as I typically fly coach. This time around I found a good deal on FC seats and just wanted ...
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Is it appropriate to enter a church while a chorus is performing?

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...
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How do I politely refuse to lend my pen? [closed]

I use my pen on flights (in plain sight), for written work in general. On one flight, after seeing that I used it to complete customs forms, my seatmate asked to borrow it to do the same. I said 'yes'...
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Is there a law against hotels denying guests to have visitors [duplicate]

I've been staying at a hotel for a few weeks now. When I checked into the room the clerk at the desk said that I can't have visitors. A few days later a gentlemen came to ask about something and said ...
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Leaving food on a plate in Russia

As the title said, is it customary to leave food on a plate in Russia? I'm talking in the home, not at restaurants. The reason I was asking is if the host is poor or somewhere close and still invited ...
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Is it rude to bring our own baby food into a restaurant?

Our baby is too small to eat adult’s food, so we bring our own baby food with us when we dine in a restaurant, which supplies us with a baby high chair. I am wondering if it is rude to bring our own ...
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Ramen eating etiquette

In Western and westernized media, characters are shown sucking up ramen noodles bowls then drinking the soup from the bowl at street side shops. What is actually appropriate when eating at a ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

In the movies, we usually see that people whistle really loud and yell "TAXI!" in order to hail one. I can't whistle like that for the life of me. Where I live I usually raise my arm silently and make ...
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Should I not use double things in a double room if I have booked it as a single guest?

Some hotels physically don't have single rooms even if they can be booked so. The towels, soap, shampoo and so on are always for two guests. I'm not a wasteful person, but I wonder if I'm allowed to ...
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Is 'wai' greeting a serious thing? Is it inappropriate to 'over-wai'?

This morning I had to go to Phnom Penh and Giant Ibis bus company had all the seats booked. Normally there was always space, but due to high season, the bus was full. However, they were very nice and ...
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What to do with long facial hair in the onsen?

I have been told that, when soaking in the Japanese onsen, the hair must not touch the water, so people with long hair tie it to a knot. Does the same principle apply to facial hair? I have a goatee ...
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Are hotels open to public?

I am traveling to Shanghai and I heard that you can get a good view of the downtown from Ritz Carlton's roof and the source said it is a free alternative to the observatory decks on other buildings. ...
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When and to whom should I report a minor amenity not functioning on an airplane?

I've recently run into issues with things like outlets not providing any power, seats not reclining even when they definitely should, etc. Obviously they can't fix it during the flight, so it seems ...
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What items can I take with me from a plane?

Motivated by the recent question on blankets, I was wondering which ones among the supplies that one gets on a plane I am allowed to take with me. For instance: sleeping mask earplugs earphones ...
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Can one take away hotel slippers? [duplicate]

Sometimes in hotels one finds slippers in their room, in addition to toiletries and towels. Is one allowed to take them away, or are they supposed to stay in the room?
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Took airline plane blanket by accident; didn't realize it was forbidden. What should I do?

I'm very new to traveling in general. When I flew on a long flight, the airline gave us blankets and pillows. I, having no idea that I was supposed to leave the blanket behind, took it as I collected ...
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Should I call the crew or go to them [duplicate]

I have always assumed that I should go to the crew rather than use the button (unless in emergency etc.) as they have more important things to do than giving me a glass of water. However recently I ...
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Can a musician missing their instrument at home visit music shops purely to play in-store, not to buy? [closed]

When I travel, and missing my cute piano from home, I like to search music shops having digital or acoustic pianos and go there, and ask to play one of them. I didn't meet yet one seller saying no, ...
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Is it considered bad manners to eat in public (on a bench) in Latvia?

Recently I got yelled at by a stranger (middle-aged man) when I was eating pizza, which I purchased at a cheap restaurant (and chose take-away), sitting on a bench in Riga. He just said something to ...
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The procedure of tipping in the US [duplicate]

I recently went to the US and was a little bit confused about the tipping procedure sometimes. I found many resources on how much to tip, but now how exactly it goes down. To my understanding, tipping ...
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Etiquette when staying with an indigenous community

Later this year I'm going to Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil where I'm planning to stay for few days with an indigenous community by the Urubu river. It's not really an organized tour, my friend ...
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Mugging 'Etiquette'?

I have recently been 'mugged' in the streets of Northern Italy. I only recently moved here due to a new workplace. She (concluding from her voice and demaenour) simply walked up to me with a knife ...
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Is it not appropriate to eat pizza with hands in Germany?

I eat pizza in Germany every day as it is pretty cheap yet so delicious! However, I found that most Germans, likely 80% or more, use knives and forks to eat pizza. I got pretty surprised to see how ...
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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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How can I avoid ordering multiple bottles of water at a restaurant?

I have a couple esophageal conditions that result in a high probability of a food bolus impaction when eating (a food bolus impaction is when food gets stuck in the esophagus). There are a few ...
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Is it rude to bring bottled water into a restaurant in Germany?

It is said that in Germany asking for tap water in a restaurant is rude and looks stingy - examples in here and here. But I don't like to purchase water there as buying it in a restaurant would likely ...
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Is it offensive to the chef/host to finish all food on your plate in Italy?

I was once told by someone that in Italy it is offensive to the chef if you finish your plate of food clean. That you should leave a small portion. I'm not finding anything about this online. Is there ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation? [closed]

I was always taught to leave the room in a clean condition when checking out of an accomodation. When staying somewhere with my parents, we gave the room a look-over and tidy it up into the condition ...
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How am I supposed to keep a toilet bowl clean without a toilet brush?

I am used to cleaning the toilet bowl with a toilet brush after use. In several hotels that I stayed in Asia there was none. I don't suppose they expect me to call the room service every time I use ...
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Is tipping with a foreign currency acceptable/appreciated? [closed]

I'm traveling from Peru to New Zealand and I have some leftover Soles. I'm curious if I were in a coffee shop or a restaurant: how would my server react to a tip that includes a foreign currency? To ...
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How to tip a concierge or a hotel porter?

Tipping in a restaurant is simple enough, you give 0-20% depending on country, city and how good the service is. You are already handing someone money, so saying keep the change, or ask for 10 euros ...
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Protocol for opposite gender parent accompanying young children into public toilet [closed]

I am a father of 2 quite young girls. Sometimes when we're out they need to use public toilets. I usually take them into the female toilets, because I don't want them gawking at men openly urinating (...