Locals Share The Biggest Mistakes Travelers Make In Their Country

Traveling to a different country can be the thrill of a lifetime. Being out of your element in a new country and being pushed to try new things is a fantastic way to learn about yourself and the world around you. You might be able to navigate your temporary surroundings with the help of friendly locals (and your smartphone’s map application) but local customs and etiquette might not be as easy to navigate. In extreme cases, not being prepared can lead to some pretty awkward and even dangerous situations. A little preparation can go a long way in ensuring that you respect the local culture and stay out of trouble. But these stories are about people who did the exact opposite. Here are twenty-five stories from locals around the world about tourists who made some horrible mistakes in their home country.

44. People Are Listening…

Mexican here. We get this a lot with spring breakers; more people in Mexico speak English than most tourists realize. When you go on your Fox News/CNN spiel about the state of affairs in our country, make comments or jokes about the narcs, getting kidnapped, mugged, etc. or poke fun at Mexican stereotypes, more people than you think can understand you, and it makes you look like a jerk. So just don’t, okay?

43. Same Sun, Different Time

Norway. Tourists (especially American tourists) think that the midnight sun is a completely different sun from what we see during the day.

Not so much a mistake as it is stupidity.

Oh, and yes, Northern Norway is cold. It’s cold during the summer and it’s cold during the w›±±—±inter. No, you shouldn’t pack just light clothes when visiting Norway. Packing a jacket should be mandatory.