From strange looks to execution, the repercussions will vary, but one thing is for sure, these are the 25 quickest ways to get in trouble (or offend people) while travelling.
Not flushing a public bathroom in Singapore.
You could face a $150 fine
Bringing cigarettes to Bhutan.
Your punishment will most likely involve several years in jail.
Touching someone's head in Thailand.
It’s considered very rude.
A public kiss in Saudi Arabia.
The typical punishment is 120 lashes.
Stepping over people's legs in Nepal.
Once again, extremely rude.
Giving people the thumbs up in Iran.
It’s actually a very offensive gesture.
Bringing gum to Singapore.
The fine will be over $5,000.
Giving scissors or knives as a gift in El Salvador.
This symbolizes a desire to end the relationship.
Bringing Marigolds to dinner in Mexico.
This flower signifies death.
Insulting the king in Thailand.
Expect to spend no less than 10 years in jail.
Stepping on money in Thailand
Keep in mind, the kings face is on the banknotes…
Spitting in Singapore
Similar to chewing gum, expect to be arrested.
Stopping for pedestrians in China
If you’re driving just keep going. Stopping for people to cross in front of you risks a fine.
Feeding the pigeons in St Mark's square in Venice, Italy
Tourists are fined if caught.
Bringing sinus or allergy inhalers to Japan
If your inhaler contains pseudoepinephrine, you will most likely be detained.
Swearing in Australia
In certain areas you can be fined up to $500.
Eating near public buildings in Italy (Florence)
The punishment typically involves some sort of fine.
Photographing public buildings in Saudi Arabia
You will almost certainly be arrested.
Taking mineral water into Nigeria
It will confiscated and you may receive a fine.
Dressing in camouflage in Barbados
As usual, a fine awaits you.
Putting salt on your food in Egypt
The chef will be very insulted.
Giving a gift with your left hand in the Middle East, Pakistan, and India
In these places the left hand is typically used to perform tasks that westerners reserve for toilet paper. Always use your right hand.
Pointing your palm at somebody in Greece
The only thing worse is pointing both your palms at somebody.
Placing your chopsticks upright in your bowl
No matter where you are, if the people use chopsticks this is usually a bad idea.
Bringing medicine to Asia
The rules vary from country to country and some places are far more strict than others, but keep in mind that your legal, over the counter medications can land you in jail in some Asian countries.