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12 Things You Should Never Do in Italy

Venice, Italy/Oyster Italy has rightfully earned its place among the must-visit destinations in Europe — and the world. The pizza, pasta, and gelato here are legendary, the museums house some of the most famous works of art, and the country’s history is chock-full of fascinating stories. With so much of Italy popping up in history…

12 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Mexico City

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City/Oyster When it comes to exploring Mexico City, one of the world’s largest cities, there are a lot of ways you can ruin a trip. However, while the densely populated capital of Mexico can be intimidating for a number of reasons, it’s actually far more user-friendly than you might imagine.…

6 Things You Should Never Do in Paris

Visiting Paris can be daunting for faux-pas-conscious travelers, particularly as Parisians have a reputation for being quick to judge foreigners who don’t follow local conventions of dress and behavior. While this reputation might be a bit extreme, there are a few rookie mistakes to avoid in Paris. Here are six of them.

7 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Jamaica

Tensing Pen Resort, Negril/Oyster Breathtaking turquoise water, a lively nightlife scene, and warm weather year-round are just some of the major pros of Jamaica. The Caribbean island is a popular travel destination for anyone from well-heeled honeymooners to budget-conscious families, and there are numerous destinations and hotels within the country to choose from. However, first-time…

9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, comprising five villages, is known around the world for its stunning scenery and epic hiking. In the last 20 years or so, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore have morphed from sleepy fishing villages built into the cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea to some of the most popular tourist destinations in…

6 Things You Should Never Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip/Oyster Las Vegas welcomed over 42 million visitors in 2017 alone, and usually makes the top five most-visited U.S. destinations list every year. Much of the city was designed to keep tourists happy (and spending cash) and it is, indeed, a great place to party, eat, shop, gamble, and gawk at the neon…

9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Santorini

Grounds at the Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel We recently spent 16 unforgettable days on the world famous Greek island of Santorini. That equates to 16 epic sunsets into the Aegean Sea, 36 authentic Greek meals, one cruise around the island, one six-mile cliff hike, three winery visits, and a few passing donkey encounters. Oh, and…

10 Things You Should Never Do in New York City

Jörg Schubert/Flickr You can try all your life to feel like a “real” New Yorker and never quite get there. Ask a local and they’ll offer hodgepodge of guidelines for what constitutes a true native. If you’re not a regular in the Big Apple, all you need to do is learn a few simple rules…

10 Things You Should Never Do in India

Joanna Pędzich-Opioła/Flickr India is one country where cultural norms and customs are vastly different from what many Western travelers are familiar with. Indian society is generally conservative, importance is given to hierarchy, there are strict ideas about impurity, and social divisions and inequalities are glaringly apparent. At the same time, Indians are extremely hospitable and…

12 Things You Should Never Do in Japan

Shibuya Harajuku Ebisu, Tokyo/Oyster In a country with a unique culture like Japan, visitors can feel daunted by the rules and social norms that regulate public life and interpersonal relations. Foreigners visiting Japan are not expected to be familiar with Japanese etiquette, but knowing a few basics will go a long way in helping you…