25 potential culture shocks from around the world (and how to avoid them)

Not sure I agree with a few of these from MailOnline but the infographic amused me!  – Ned  🙂


  • A handy infographic reveals surprising habits and social faux pas 
  • For example in Canada it is normal to transport and store milk in a bag
  • In Istanbul you should know that there is a loud call to prayer at 3am

When visiting a new country, there are often local customs that can come as a shock to travellers. 

For example, foreigners in Greece should be aware that some toilets don’t allow you to flush paper down them, due to poor sewage systems, and in Canada it is common for milk to be stored in a bag. 

A handy infographic reveals some of the biggest culture shocks and how to avoid looking out of place when abroad.

When visiting a new country, there are often local customs that can come as a shock to travellers

When visiting a new country, there are often local customs that can come as a shock to travellers

A handy infographic reveals some of the biggest culture shocks and how to avoid looking out of place when abroad

A handy infographic reveals some of the biggest culture shocks and how to avoid looking out of place when abroad

The Fly to Dubai  infographic includes a helpful tip that in some Asian countries such as China, it is rude to finish all the food on your plate when being hosted.

In China this signals that you want more food or are dissatisfied with the amount you have received.

The guide also advises non-religious travellers that in Istanbul you may want to come equipped with some ear plugs, as a loud Muslim call to prayer is blasted at 3am in the morning.

And those intent on boarding a train in India should be prepared for the hustle that is required to secure a coveted spot on board.

According to the infographic, this includes ‘furious fighting, shoving, scratching and clawing.’

Did you know that in Canada it is common for milk to be stored and transported in a bag?

Did you know that in Canada it is common for milk to be stored and transported in a bag?

Those intent on boarding a train in India should be prepared for the hustle that is required to secure a coveted spot on board

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