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9 things you should NOT do when you're travelling abroad

Last updated on: August 04, 2014 09:00 IST

9 things you should NOT do when you're travelling abroad

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Sometimes, just sometimes it helps not to be curious.

If you're travelling abroad anytime soon, this handy list of things might just be of help.

1. Don't touch babies!

Our first reaction to seeing a cute baby is to want to hold it or pick it up or cuddle it.

Right? It's like our ovaries go into overdrive each time we see a cute baby.

Add fair skin to the equation and there is a good possibility you will go berserk. Right?

Several countries in the West have strict laws about interacting with children.

A stranger walking up to a child isn't considered very friendly (heard of child molestation?)

This piece comes with generous doses of humour and satire!

So if you've got a funny bone (and don't mind learning a thing or two)...

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2. Don't touch animals

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Again, it's a thing. Don't ask!

Also, we're not so sure how you'd like being bitten by an animal in a strange country where the doctor's bill will be more than the cost of your entire trip.

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3. Don't give stares to people of African origin

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We may not see a lot of em in India (unless of course you've already been to Gujarat and met the Siddis) but the good folks from the African continent are all over the world.

Deal with it. Don't act like you've just seen a ghost!

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4. Or people indulging in PDA

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Again, basic decency, isn't it?

You may hate PDA but surely that doesn't mean everyone must fall in line with your worldview, must they?

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5. Or women for that matter

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People dress scantily in the summers. The sooner you come to terms with it, the better it is for you... and your face which might just get punched if you're caught gawking.

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6. Not walk on the pavements

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Pavements are those things along the sides of the roads that are meant for people to walk on.

Mostly used in India by... erm... hawkers and for... erm... other activities, pavements in the West are used for the very purpose they were designed for -- walking!

So unless you like the idea of being fined for jaywalking or being knocked down by a speeding vehicle, pavements are where you should be walking.

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Tags: India , West

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7. Not use the Zebra Crossing

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You may not know this but those white strips are meant for walking on... specifically to cross the road.

Not using them overseas can cause bodily (not to mention financial) harm.

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8. Not wonder if every brown skinned person is Indian

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Because you know about half the world is about the same shade of brown as us!

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9. And finally if you're in Rome

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Don't ask the Romans what they do :-P


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