19 Tourist Faux Pas That All Locals Laugh At

1.Barcelona, Spain: Referring to Barcelona as “Barca.”

“This casual gesture immediately identifies you as a non-local. This is because the Russians believe that by whistling you’re blowing your wealth away.”

11.Singapore: Sticking or throwing out chewing gum in a public space.

“It is illegal for chewing gum to be sold in Singapore and Singaporeans are notoriously afraid of violating the rules.”

12.Berlin, Germany: Putting your feet up on the seat next to you.

“While it doesn’t explain origins, the idea that Germans are high in uncertainty avoidance is the conventional wisdom on the topic. Avoiding uncertainty means creating and following rules (like respecting public property) and procedures.”

13.Edinburgh, Scotland: Pronouncing the “G” at the end of Edinburgh.

“The ‘-burgh’ at the end of a place name is pronounced ‘-burra,’ as in ‘Edinburra,’ not ‘Edinberg’.”

14.London, UK: Ordering a full English breakfast.

“A tourist will order a fry-up for the ~experience~ but everyone else is perfectly happy chugging Crunchy Nut cornflakes straight from the box.”

15.Melbourne, Australia: Calling these “flip-flops.”

“Okay foreigners, it’s time to get this straight: THESE ARE TWO THONGS! And calm down England, we are not walking around commenting on revealing underwear all the time.”

16.Amsterdam, Netherlands: Walking on bike lanes.

“Do not walk on the bike lanes. Seriously.”

17.Cairo, Egypt: Wearing camouflage clothing.

“I don’t know what it is but for some reason, a lot of tourists walk around like they’re about to go on some super dangerous, ultra important journey through a jungle. They wear big hiking boots, thermal backpacks, etc. They also wear very camouflagey stuff.”

18.Tehran, Iran: Not trying to haggle supermarket prices.

“Bargaining is so extreme in Iran that supermarkets have actually raised their prices by a lot to keep their old profit margins.”

19.Madrid, Spain: Eating lunch before 1 p.m.

“We are well aware that it’s our meal times that are unusual, but they are very culturally ingrained and expected to be followed. In big companies where there is an office cafeteria, or in schools, 1 p.m. is a normal time for lunch — it’s considered earlyish but more or less in the middle of the work day. Otherwise the normal time is 2 p.m., or even 3 p.m. on weekends.”

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