10 Travel Taboos
Most people try to be mindful of local customs when they're traveling abroad, but the cultural landscape can be a minefield. To help you avoid embarrassment (or worse), we've gathered a sampling of cultural taboos — from common sense to comedy — to pack with you on your next trip out of the country.
Text by Sonja Groset | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was a mosque from the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 until the fall of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War. Today use of the facility as a house of worship is prohibited by the government agency that runs the museum, but a small room in the museum has been restored as a prayer room. If you appreciated the beauty of Hagia Sophia and other works of Byzantine and Arabic architecture, you would not ask why one would visit a mosque.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Which of these extreme outdoor sports would you be brave enough to try?
- BASE jumping
- Ice climbing