People Are Sharing 20 Unwritten Rules In Their Countries That Tourists Should Know

These few past years weren’t favorable for the tourism sector, as many are aware. But tourism is slowly going back to its pre-pandemic levels. More and more countries are lifting restrictions and opening borders for tourists for hassle-free travel. It’s estimated that the tourism sector could generate around $8.6 trillion globally this year. That’s just 6.4% below pre-covid levels.

Just ahead of your summer vacation, it’s a good idea to look at some of the most common mistakes tourists make when visiting foreign countries. Locals from around the world joined the thread on Reddit, where they shared the common mistakes tourists make in their country. Scroll down below to get some advice from locals, and who knows, maybe it will help you on your next trip?

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Australia: Thinking you can drive between Sydney and Perth for a day drip. Not so much

Hong Kong: Thinking it’s a cheap south Asian tourist destination like Thailand. Not so much.


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Tourists visiting Los Angeles always underestimate the time it’ll take to get from point A to point B. Our traffic is terrible, and you should add 30 minutes to an hour whenever you want to drive anywhere.


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Most tourists who go to Marrakesh book a hotel room, but you should really stay in a riad (a traditional Moroccan house built around a garden) rather than at a hotel or hostel. Riads are a big part of the Marrakech experience. It’s unique and the hospitality is awesome. Usually the staff or owners can show you around the chaotic and bustling medina, which is especially helpful.


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They trust taxi drivers.

Never trust one if you’re in Greece, you’re just asking to be overcharged. Stick to renting a car or at the very least, ask some locals for typical prices beforehand.


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They mainly visit London. The U.K. has great seasides like Cornwall, Devon, Dorset etc and British seaside holidays have a unique charm. There’s also Scotland and Wales. The north of England has a lot to offer (castles, The Lake District, history etc).

Tourists, don’t snub the north. The North remembers.


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Most people who travel to Taiwan just visit the capital, Taipei, or they go down the west coast. But locals will tell you this is a mistake because the magic is in the east. Yilan is an amazing county with all the allures of Taipei plus beautiful waterfalls and mountains, but a fraction of the cost. If you enjoy hiking, Hualien is the best place to see the amazing Taroko Gorge. Best of all, Taiwan’s public transportation makes it easy to see these unique destinations beyond Taipei.


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People think the Royal Guard in London are just men in silly hats that are not allowed to move.

They’re military men who will knock you the f*ck out if you mess with them.


Attempting to spend the whole afternoon shopping in Spain. It’s fairly common for stores to close here from roughly 2–4 p.m. (it’s called the siesta and it’s prime lunch time for Spaniards). So get your shopping done in the morning or wait until stores reopen in the late afternoon.

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In Italy, only tourists order their coffee to go. Italians drink their espressos at the bar. You’ll never see a local carrying a tumbler filled with drip coffee, much less a to-go cup from a local café. Oh, and you won’t find any frappuccinos here.


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Underestimating how expensive the cost of living is in Norway. I’ve seen jaws drop when tourists discover the price of the two beers they ordered.


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Mostly happens at bondi beach but this can happen at any beach all over Australia. People swimming out of the flags, most often these people will get stuck in rips or into waters where there are surfers.


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I live in Rome. Tourists come and visit only the city centre, neglecting any other interesting historical sites (or other nice things) which are easy to get to, equally nice to visit, yet a bit far from the center.


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“I flew into New York, figured I’d rent a car and take a quick day trip to Miami or Los Angeles.”


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In Japan, tourists speak loudly to others or on the phone in public settings. But that makes you seriously stand out in Japan, where people are generally well-mannered and try not to bother anyone with loud talking, music, or games on their phones. If you have to talk, use your inside voice.


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Underestimating the size of the country. No you can’t do a day trip to Cairns from Brisbane, it’s like a 2 day drive. Even Sydney is like a 12 hour drive.

Actually, same with NZ. People think you can do the whole country in a week. Spoiler alert, you can’t.


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I’ll do my town, Austin TX.

A major common mistake tourists make here is wasting half a day for Franklin’s BBQ. Look, his brisket is good, but it’s not “waste half a day of your vacation in Austin standing in line” good. There are a plethora of bbq joints with just as good or better brisket that have no wait all day.


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Coming to New York City and spending time in Times Square. Unless they’re going out of necessity to see a Broadway show or something of the sort, tourists avoid this place like the plague. I understand the desire to see Times Square for a few minutes, but make it a quick trip. And don’t even bother having a meal there. You’ll find the same chain restaurants that exist all over America…only the same meal will cost you triple the price.


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In Iceland, people don’t realize how expensive everything is here, especially going out to eat. If you’re going to a restaurant, expect $30–50 entrees everywhere. Mix in some cheap street food (like Icelandic hot dogs) or find accommodations with a kitchen so you can cook.


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People come to the US expecting to see too much in one visit. Unless you’re prepared to shell out thousands of dollars on very coordinated flights, you aren’t going to see the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the Alamo, Hollywood and Yosemite Park all in one week. It’s a big country, so pick a few states and stick to that.


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When you sit down to eat in a restaurant in Portugal, the waiter will usually bring you bread, olives, or some other snacks. I always see tourists get mad when they are charged for eating these seemingly ‘free’ snacks, but that’s just how things work here. If you eat it, expect to pay for it. If you don’t touch it, your waiter will take it away and pretend like [they] never existed.

30 Times People Took The Most Unfortunate Photos While On Vacation

With an abundance of travel photos on Instagram, we expect our pictures to turn out as good, if not better, if we go to the exact location. Yet, as the old Yiddish proverb says, “We plan, God laughs.” You can have all the steps meticulously thought out, all bases covered, but fortune will likely hold a different agenda for you. The attraction might be closed, tourists will likely photobomb your every pic, or it will start pouring out of the blue.

It’s even worse when you travel long distances to get to the site, and it looks nothing like the pictures. Then all your hopes to take an insta-worthy pic go out the window. Eh, maybe that’s the horoscope at fault? Nah, that’s just one of the few lemons that life occasionally throws at people. That’s a bummer, but what can we mortals do?

Don’t get upset if you didn’t luck out with your recent trip and had nothing to post on Instagram. You are far from being the only one who lucked out. Some hiked miles to get to the mountain’s highest point just to see the fog blocking all the beautiful landscape. Others had their phone die at a picturesque location. Enough babbling, scroll below to check out the most unfortunate photos taken on vacations!

#1 Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens

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#2 Visited The Grand Canyon. Pictures Don’t Do It Justice

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#3 Expectation vs. Reality. London Edition

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#4 Go To The Taj Mahal At Sunrise, They Said. It’ll Be Beautiful, They Said

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#5 Waited Forever For The Crowd To Dissipate To Take A Picture, Then This Happened

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#6 Thanks Tour Guide For Taking Such A Great Photo Of Everyone

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#7 The “Waterfall” My Family Drove Two Hours To See

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#8 Told My Girlfriend To Use The Last Piece Of Film We Had With Us To Get A Picture Of Me In Front Of Some Mountains

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#9 Flew 13 Hours To Hawaii To See Volcanoes National Park

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#10 It Was Always A Personal Dream To Be Able To Go And Visit This Remarkable Oak Tree In The Shawshank Redemption

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Turns out that people after the film released took away all those stones from the little wall that led to the tree away to their homes and lately in 2016 the tree fell in a thunderstorm.

#11 This Guy Having A Selfie With Mona Lisa

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#12 Not Mount Rushmore, But I Woke Up At 3AM And Hiked Up Machu Picchu To Be There At Sunrise

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#13 I Traveled From UK All The Way To Germany To Take Photos Of The Devil’s Eye, But When I Got There

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#14 Expectation vs. Reality. At Least It Was Just A Four-Hour Hike

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#15 The Only Photo I Have Of Myself On My Camera From My Only Overseas Trip

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#16 It’s All About The Journey Though Right?

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#17 Me, Outside The Duomo In Milan, Getting Photobombed. By A Pigeon

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#18 Guy Took Week Off Of Work To Climb Mountain Kilimanjaro And Raise Money For Charity. This Is The Picture His Guide Took At The Summit Before The Phone Died

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#19 I’ve Noticed This Guy Just Now, A Few Days After I Took The Photo And This Photo Will Be In My Tourist Association Book

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#20 We Hiked 3 Hours To Get A Good Picture Of Our Hometown. Our City Is On The Left

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#21 Finally Able To Travel To Paris And The Arch De Triumph Looks Like This. It’s An “Art” Project

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#22 Climbed North Europa’s Tallest Mountain At 8100 Feet, And Got This Picture

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#23 Going To Cristo And Taking A 3D Photo Is Priceless

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#24 Smile

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#25 On Our Honeymoon In Hallstatt Austria

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#26 Missus Taking A Photo Of Me With A Llama vs. Me Taking A Photo Of Her. When The Llama’s Rear Becomes Your New Hairstyle

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#27 Travelled To London To Go On The London Eye

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#28 Tried To Grab A Quick Photo While Driving Past The Washington Monument

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#29 My Sister Rented A Flat Here In North Of Iceland For Christmas, This Is Her View

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#30 Travelled Nearly 300 Miles To The Northernmost Point Of Vietnam So I Could See China – This Was The View

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