Respecting cultures10:30 AM
|Me at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia wearing the abaya, the traditional feminine muslim dress|
When you travel to a destination, it is important to respect the culture and the customs of the country you visit. For example, in Southern Europe when you meet somebody you kiss on the cheek, in Northern Europe you handshake. In Morocco, if you are invited to a house you should take off your shoes, in Japan when they meet, they bow.
And these are only some examples. There is a quite analytical guide by country here.
It doesn't matter if you consider that what they do is wrong or funny or awkward. You have to respect it. You chose to go there and you have to live by their society rules.