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12 travel mistakes American tourists don't even realize they're making — and how to avoid them

INSIDER Logo By Ni'Kesia Pannell of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 15: Traveling to a new country can be exciting, but there are a few things you should do in order to avoid being perceived as rude or insensitive.Splitting your bill in America is quite normal, but in other countries such as London and India, it is frowned upon.Don't expect that everyone will speak English, or that you'll have all the same luxuries abroad as you do in the US.Make sure to be respectful of another country's culture, and don't ask about locals' "accents." Any time you're traveling to a new country, it can feel like you're going through a whirlwind of emotions. Though excitement may be the one that you relate to the most, something that you may not think about or prep yourself for is how to avoid offending those whose country you are planning to visit.There are many things that seem normal or traditional in American culture that can be viewed as rude or insensitive in other countries. The question of whether or not you should betipping in foreign countriesis most notably discussed, but what about all of the other "mistakes" that Americans neglect, skip over, or just don't know about?Whether you've already got your trips planned for this year or are looking to make a few new stops, here are 14 things you should keep in mind when traveling abroad.

  • Traveling to a new country can be exciting, but there are a few things you should do in order to avoid being perceived as rude or insensitive.
  • Splitting your bill in America is quite normal, but in other countries such as London and India, it is frowned upon.
  • Don't expect that everyone will speak English, or that you'll have all the same luxuries abroad as you do in the US.
  • Make sure to be respectful of another country's culture, and don't ask about locals' "accents."

  • Any time you're traveling to a new country, it can feel like you're going through a whirlwind of emotions. Though excitement may be the one that you relate to the most, something that you may not think about or prep yourself for is how to avoid offending those whose country you are planning to visit.

    There are many things that seem normal or traditional in American culture that can be viewed as rude or insensitive in other countries. The question of whether or not you should betipping in foreign countriesis most notably discussed, but what about all of the other "mistakes" that Americans neglect, skip over, or just don't know about?

    Whether you've already got your trips planned for this year or are looking to make a few new stops, here are 14 things you should keep in mind when traveling abroad.

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