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Travelling Abroad? 5 Vital Travel Tips for First Timers!

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Imagine you are in Belgium and you are asking a local for some directions. In the process of talking, you rub your chin with the back of your hand, just a casual gesture. But it might not be so casual for the locals. The chin flick means 'get lost' in Belgium! Oops! So, here are some important guidelines that you MUST remember while travelling abroad. 

Travelling Abroad? 5 Vital Travel Tips for First Timers!:

  1. Spain
  2. Argentina
  3. Italy
  4. Turkey
  5. Portugal

Day 1. Spain: Soy burger means "I am a burger"

Spain: Soy burger means
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If you are a vegetarian, you need to keep this in mind when you are ordering a soy burger in a restaurant. 'Soy' is a first person verb form of “to be” in Spanish. So imagine what you might be telling the waiter?  "Hey, I am a burger!” Don't be surprised if he gives you an incredulous look. 

Day 2. Argentina: Tip and risk insulting the nation

Argentina: Tip and risk insulting the nation
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While tipping is quite prevalent in some parts of the world, in Argentina, Japan, Oman, Yemen and France, if you indulge in tipping, there are high chances you are insulting the nation as the tips for every bill is already included in the bill by law. 

Day 3. Southern Italy: When someone mentions 'fishy smell', back off respectfully

Southern Italy: When someone mentions 'fishy smell', back off respectfully
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Always know that when someone in Southern Italy is telling you that they are getting a fishy smell, it most obviously means, "I find you untrustworthy." In such a scenario don't push anything. It's best to get out of that situation with peace and subtlety

Day 4. Turkey: Be careful when you ask for a beer

Turkey: Be careful when you ask for a beer
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In Turkish, bir stands for “one,” so when ordering a pint, just saying “beer” won’t help in any way. Instead, they might just stand there staring at you not knowing what you are really asking for. So when you are asking for beer, ask for bira which is articulated as bee rah. 

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Day 5. Portugal: 'esquisito' does not mean exquisite

Portugal: 'esquisito' does not mean exquisite
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In a Portuguese-speaking country, keep it in mind that when giving compliments, if you say esquisito to their food or some artistic creation, you might get profusely frowned at. Because you are calling it strange, not exquisite. Also if someone tells you she’s constipação, it does not mean she is constipated!  It means she’s feeling cold.

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