Diamond Resorts can take you around the world so here are some customs in places you may end up going someday.
In Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela, being early or on time is viewed as being rude. If you are invited over to someone’s home for a meal, it’s recommended that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes later than the requested time. Early or on time guests are viewed as being too eager, even greedy.
If you visit Russia, you can’t place a glass of alcohol back on the table after a toast—it should be bottoms up and empty.
Got an urge to watch camel wrestling? This ancient tradition is indigenous to the Aegean region of Western Turkey.
In Brazil, it is a tradition to ring in each New Year with a meal based around lentils.
The Thai people consider it highly insulting to reveal the soles of your feet in any kind of public setting.
Be careful when presenting flowers to a friend or business associate in Russia. Yellow blooms signify deceit or a relationship break-up. And skip red carnations, too. Traditionally, red carnations are placed on the graves of the dead, or are offered to surviving war veterans.
When eating a meal in Egypt, by-pass the saltshaker. It’s insulting to your host to sprinkle salt on your food. If you have to season your plate, it means that you do not like the taste of the food.
In Norway, table manners are extremely important. Most meals are eaten using utensils – even sandwiches.
It’s always a good idea to look into the cultures of any places you are visiting for the first time. Have fun and enjoy the differences!