25 Huge Culture Shocks That People Experience When Traveling

Traveling is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons and expand your views of the world. Unfortunately, at least in the United States, not many people travel very far beyond their borders. Barely 30% of the population has a passport, and that is only due to new rules following 9/11 that require people to carry proof of citizenship between Canada and the United States. In fact, nearly 50% of international travel from the US consists of trips to Canada.

In comparison, nearly 75% of British people have passports. Of course, there are good reasons for these discrepancies. The United States is significantly bigger and farther from other countries. Americans are also generally more fearful than their European counterparts, at least in terms of visiting other countries. They speak fewer languages, know fewer people who have traveled, and typically overestimate how expensive it would be. Furthermore, foreign countries typically only make it into the American news cycle when something bad happens. This contributes to a strong sense of insularity and lack of awareness regarding the outside world.

For these reasons and more, we are dedicating this list to our American friends. These are 25 huge culture shocks that people experience when traveling!

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Respect

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In most non-English speaking cultures, linguistic respect is a part of daily life. In almost every single other language, there are 2 forms of addressing people – formally and informally.

24

Humor

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Anyone who has traveled will tell you that every country has a different sense of humor. And it’s true. What one group of people find funny can be very un-funny to others.


23

Small talk

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This is a big thing in some places. In others (the Germanic world), it’s not. You just say what you need to say and move on.

22

Driving

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In much of Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe (Rome), nobody actually follows traffic rules.


21

Tipping

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Sometimes (like in Japan), you shouldn’t do it. It can come across as condescending.



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