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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Aug 3, 2012 10:25AM
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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.

Aug 1, 2012 11:38AM
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Another you all forgot is that many cultures do not like you to point the soles of your shoes, or your feet if you are barefooted at someone. Thais' come to mind as well as most M.E. countries. It's disrespectful at the least.
Aug 1, 2012 11:23AM
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who the hell wants to visit a mosque, anyway?
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