Dining customs vary from country to country, and what’s acceptable behavior in one place is seen as rude in another. Luckily for us, the website Restaurant Choice released an educational infographic that explains a few do’s and dont’s of meals around the world. You probably have a handle on what’s appropriate at home, but things quickly change when you travel. This illustrated guide is not only helpful, but an interesting comparison of seven different places.
In India, it’s important that you finish your meal. Wasting food is considered extremely disrespectful. If you’re in China, however, leaving a little bit on the plate lets the host know that they gave you enough to eat. Tipping is a point of contention, too. Italy and Portugal are okay with this practice, but Japan and China are not.
According to this guide, we don’t see one manner that’s universally accepted. An underlying message of the infographic is that a good traveler is someone who does their research. So, for your next trip abroad, make sure you study on how to conduct yourself during a meal. It might save you from unnecessary embarrassment.