Dining Etiquette From Around The World
All around the world, different places have different rules about eating. What is acceptable in one country may be considered extremely taboo in another, so it's important to familiarize yourself with even just some etiquette from around the world and get to know the customs of where you're headed to avoid embarrassment - or worse!
Don't be afraid to not only refer to your own research, but ask your host or server what some of the rules are before you even start your meal. There are a handful of unspoken faux-pas that are a constant no matter where you go but other rules - like not using your left hand in many African, Arabic-speaking and Asian countries - are a bit trickier. From finishing everything on your plate, to leaving a tip, each country has their own way to handle each situation based on their own views and long-standing cultural customs.
Here's just a few examples:
• In Japan, sashimi and sushi should be dipped into soy sauce poured into a separate dish and then eaten whole.
• In Morocco, scoop your food with a piece of bread, or your thumb and the first two fingers of your right hand.
• In France, you should finish everything on your plate but leave your wine glass nearly full if you do not want more.
For the modern traveler, being prepared is about more than packing all your essentials and remaining organized using one of our Rise Gear
bags to simplify your journey- it's also about doing some research about your next destination; and arriving with an open mind so you can learn even more along the way. It's important to keep in mind that there's many more countries in the world whose own rules are dictated by everything from religion to language, so never assume any two countries in a particular region are the same.
This helpful infographic from The Dunloe
will get you off to a great start. Happy Travels!