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Questions tagged [local-customs]

Something normal at home may be unusual or strange in another country, and vice versa. What's different and how to avoid problems.

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What duty fees can I expect to take a new bike into Bangladesh?

Can I buy a bike in India while I am travelling here, and take it back to Bangladesh? If yes, then how much will be the duty charges for a bike? (Price ₹60000-70000)
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Eating while out on a public street in Japan

I have read somewhere that in Japan, it is rude to eat anything while walking in public. However, is it also rude to simple be eating something while standing out on a street corner?
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How/Where do I make local friends in a short-term (1 month) stay in Japan?

Not sure if I should ask here or in Interpersonal Skills, but the situation arises because of travel, so I'll try here. Feel free to move it if needed. Last year I travelled for 1 month with a couple ...
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Sending a new laptop into japan for 1 month stay

I want to order a new laptop to be delivered to my airbnb in Japan. Basically the same as if I were carrying it with me in the airport, and leaving a month later (in which case customs need not apply) ...
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Do I tip a bellhop for services other than transporting luggage?

I'm staying at a nice (U.S.) hotel for a conference. When I check out, they're going to let me leave my luggage there for a few hours until my flight in the evening. The concierge has informed me that ...
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Is it rude to speak Swedish in Norway?

I speak Swedish quite well, but my active Norwegian is very basic, although I can understand most of it if I concentrate. I'm aware Norwegians can usually/always understand Swedish. I'm told ...
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What types of entry points for travelers are available at Incheon Airport and what are their respective terms of use? [closed]

For example, there usually are counters for citizens / PR and counters for foreigners. What exactly does Incheon airport have? Per the suggestion by the community, “immigration entry point” could be ...
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In a restaurant in Italy, should I be seated when my food arrives?

I sat at the table, ordered the pizza. While it was being prepared, I decided to go to the bathroom for a short visit. An employee came (the griller) and while I was in the middle of my business, he ...
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How to organise a homestay in Myanmar?

My wife and I are planning a trip to Southeast Asia over a long period (~5 months). One of my goals of this trip is to try and engage with locals, to learn about their language, culture and just ...
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How to deal with other tourists taking pictures of my children?

Disclaimer: I am not sure if this question belongs to this site or to interpersonal.SE. However, I only lived the situations described below when traveling and people taking photos were for sure also ...
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Do I need to go through quarantine at Sydney?

I am travelling from Bangkok to Melbourne via Sydney with a 2 hours 20 mins layover. The journey is on a single ticket. From BKK to SYD it is Emirates code share with Qantas and from SYD to MEL it is ...
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What could be the Customs duty at Chennai (MAA) airport for Panasonic 55 inch used (>3 years) TV [duplicate]

I bought a TV (Panasonic 55 inch NON-Smart TV) like 3 years back and using it. The airline says, extra baggage will be $200 which I can do, but I'm not sure how much will be the custom duty at Chennai ...
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I'm a man with long hair. Am I likely to encounter harassment or other problems in Moscow?

First of all, I am really sorry if what I am asking seems prejudiced or offends someone. I really have no intension to cause any harm. I will be for a summer school in Moscow for about 3 weeks, from ...
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Two letters of my first name transposed on boarding pass. Should I be worried?

My wife made a typo on my ticket where my name reads Micheal instead of Michael. Other than this everything is OK. I was able to use the ticket when leaving the USA, as I did not need this ticket to ...
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Is it appropriate to wear a knee-length yukata on summer festivals?

My friends and I are planning to attend a natsu matsuri, a summer festival, in Japan. We all have bought our yukatas online, and unfortunately two of our yukatas are only knee-length long. Is this ...
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Guide for how to behave or what to expect at a Panto in England?

I have been invited to a Panto in England. Now have I been told quite a bit about it, but I think it is going to be quite a shock for people who have never been to such a theater performance. Is ...
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Facilities around the Loony Dook

We are a group of Germans travelling to Edinburgh for New Year's. We're taking part in the Loony Dook and we're wondering about facilities around the event. Our number-one question is: where do you ...
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How to meet my Persian girlfriend in Iran and have privacy while not being married?

I plan to visit my girlfriend in Iran. She's Persian (from Tabriz), I'm French and we’re not married. We're planning to see each other for a week. We don't know yet where but Tehran would be nice ...
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4 people in a cab in London? Is that allowed?

I have found that different cities have different regulations and I have been in places where 4 persons can travel in any cab (3 in back seat, one in front seat) while other cities don't allow front ...
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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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Is it normal that people in front of the bar demanding keys to my car?

While I was visiting Mykonos (a Greek island), I've rented the car for few days. I've visited many places across the island, however I've experienced unusual situation with few of them (such as ...
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Should I try and use basic Italian when on holiday in Italy?

Wherever I go on holiday I always try to learn and use some basic keywords and phrases. As a minimum I look up things such as please, thank you, hello, good morning etc. I think it's polite and hotel/...
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Will my New York-style panhandler-handling tactics get me in trouble elsewhere? [closed]

There are tons of panhandlers in New York (where I live). It's easy to shrug them off because New York is so busy they if they don't think they'll get anything from you, they just move on to the next ...
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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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What is this music playing every morning at 7am in Tallinn?

I just spent two days in Tallinn, where I had a place just opposite of Kaarli kirik, with the window facing towards Toompea. Every morning at 7am, I woke up to a short melody that seemed to be played ...
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Acceptable in Bilbao: is it better to speak Spanish or English?

I will be visiting Bilbao next week and I would like to know whether I should speak English or Spanish. I don't know Basque. What is acceptable for tourists? And are there any "don'ts" I should be ...
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In Argentina, am I expected to tip the delivery guy if the restaurant already charged me a delivery fee? [closed]

I know tipping is voluntary in Argentina, but tipping the delivery guy is customary here and I do when there's no delivery fee. The restaurant in question is already charging me a rather high amount ...
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What is France's traditional costume?

I like to see, and sometimes buy, traditional clothes when traveling in a new country. Though you seldom see people in poncho and sombrero in Mexico (at least in the Federal District), you can see ...
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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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Do I have to pay duty to carry nutritional supplements with me?

I am going to travel India from UK next month and I am thinking to carry nutritional supplements with me. The items I want to carry are: Whey Protein : 5KG BCAA: 1 KG Glutamine: 500grams L-Citruline ...
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What's this celebration in Japan?

We saw a couple of groups in the streets of Tokyo, Japan last sunday (May 28, 2017) engaged in some kind of celebration but couldn't find anyone english speaking around to explain to us what's going ...
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Norway - Why do all the school children wear red jumpsuits?

I travelled to Norway a month ago, and whilst there I noticed that all the school children wore red jumpsuits. I thought that this seemed quite distinctive and wondered why this was - perhaps it is ...
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The purpose of glass goblets with coins in Italian cafes

In many cafes in Italy there are glass goblets with coins in liquid on the counter. What is their purpose? Is it for tips or some local tradition (for luck or fortune or whatever else)? If for tips - ...
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Should I just cover my forearm tattoo in Japan

I realize this has been asked but I could only find information related to pools and onsens. I am going to Tokyo in a couple of days and then osaka the week after, and after doing some research on ...
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How is shopping in Hong Kong different from England, UK? [closed]

I am Indian origin but have been living in UK for years now. There is a massive difference between the way we shop in India and the way we shop in the UK. I need to help a friend buy a mobile phone ...
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Why are there so many pots with daffodils in Finland in April?

I just visited Finland (specifically Helsinki and Porvoo) and a lot of shops and houses have daffodils near their doors (or gates). Is there any significance to this? For future readers, it's ...
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Japanese custom: Sushi chef serves you small snacks you didn't order?

I've been to several restaurants, usually sushi oriented, where I will sit down and order a drink (alcoholic), then within a few minutes of receiving my drink, the chef will either walk out and ...
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What is the tipping process in restaurants in the US?

I'm supposed to write down something on the bill I get? Do I hand the waiter my credit card after doing so? Since I need a receipt, do I wait for the waiter to bring things back? What's the process, ...
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Where and how to celebrate Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year) in Vancouver, B.C. area?

Where and how to celebrate the Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year) in Vancouver, B.C. area? The Lantern Festival, according to Wikipedia, is: a Chinese festival celebrated on the ...
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What are the candles outside in Denmark about?

There are candles out in Denmark all over the place, lit, even during the daytime - mostly placed next to doorways and entranceways. They look like little lanterns - almost like these: If this was ...
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Visiting Derry/Londonderry. What should I call it?

I will be visiting Derry/Londonderry for the first time next week. What should I call the city instead of referring to it as Derry-Londonderry everytime? I have limited historical knowledge of why ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I've heard some people talking about Saigon instead of Ho Chi Minh City. Besides the fact that those people usually were French (I'm French myself as well) I was wondering if that could be considered ...
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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

In Southern Europe it is common to give two kisses (one in each cheek) when being introduced to a woman. So when woman A meets person B (no matter if B is a he or a she), they will kiss in almost all ...
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Where do I get some locals' help or advice about traveling to their country? [closed]

I love traveling and I travel a lot either solo or with friends. But in some countries I face specific problems connected with different languages, peculiar traditions and lifestyle, or simply with ...
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What if recipient of the package can't pay the duty and tax on a shipment [closed]

I sent a package to my friend in nigeria I never sent put of the us and they can't pay duty and tax I shipped by ups I even called ups to see if I could pay it but since it was shipped at local store ...
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Small Diwali gifts, from an overseas visitor in India during the festive period?

In part due to not properly checking ahead, I've just discovered that it's Diwali this weekend. I'm currently in India on a work trip, visiting a number of people in an office here. Based on ...
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What is way to eat rice with hands in front of westerners such that it doesn't appear to be yucky?

In India, we eat rice using our fingers. Generally in the West, a fork or spoon is used. I have tried eating rice with spoon but I don't feel satisfied with it. We eat dry rice but we mix curry and ...
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Sgian Dubh during the London Social Season, do you have to check it in everywhere?

The 2016 London social season is just getting underway There are no set dates for this but traditionally it starts at Guy Fawkes Day and more or less ends when Parliament rises in late December. ...
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Large shelves with food in US hotels; shops or free amenity?

While booking hotels in the US (Dallas, TX specifically) I found that many hotels have an area that features shelves with food, fridges and freezers. I see no price tags with the products. Does this ...
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With the passing of Thai King Bhumibol, are there any customs/etiquette as a traveler I should be aware of?

Even with the news that the King of Thailand passed away, I had already scheduled a trip a year ago to visit Thailand in a week or so. I understand that most of the country is in mourning -- should ...