These 25 American customs are often offensive in other countries

Here are 25 American customs you should not pack when traveling abroad.

Laughing with your mouth open

Cracking up at a friend’s joke while exposing your pearly whites is perfectly fine in the United States. Not in Japan, though.

While in most countries abroad, tipping is not expected but  appreciated, in South Korea and Japan, this gesture is considered bad  etiquette and an insult.

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Asking for a condiment is considered an insult to the cook in these countries, as it implies you find the food bland.

Ask for a condiment in a restaurant

In Japan, France, or the Middle East, however, refrain from blowing your  nose in public, as these countries consider this gesture incredibly  rude and repulsive.

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Blowing your nose in public


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