10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

by Caroline Morse via Smarter Travel

Certain gestures that are innocent in the United States mean something completely different (and offensive) overseas. Avoid these 10 hand signals when traveling abroad!

Peace Sign With Palm Facing Inward

Trying to order two beers from the bartender or wish someone peace in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand? Make sure that when you have your index and middle fingers pointed up in the V shape, your palm is facing outward. Otherwise, you’re giving the equivalent of the middle finger.

Avoid Using In: United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Thumbs-Up

The thumbs-up signals approval in the U.S. and on Facebook, but in Afghanistan, Iran, parts of Italy, and Greece, it means “up yours.” So next time you’re trying to hitchhike in, say, Tuscany, you should reconsider before sticking out your thumb.

Avoid Using In: Afghanistan, Iran, parts of Italy, and Greece.

The OK

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“Middle East unrest puts Study Abroad Programs on Edge”

 

“Middle East unrest puts Study Abroad Programs on Edge”

by Akane Otani via USA Today

Middle East

“Concerned about political unrest in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, American universities are increasingly suspending their study abroad programs for fear of their students’ safety.  Citing the U.S. Department of State travel . . . “