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Rules of International Dining Etiquette that Might Surprise You

Rules of International Dining Etiquette that Might Surprise You

Travelling internationally can be stressful, and there are many things that can be overlooked while you’re preparing to head out of the country. One of those things is international dining etiquette — you likely don’t even think about the rules that govern your table manners while in your home country, but you’re much more likely to commit a faux pas while abroad. Luckily Budget Travel has made a list of things you might not know about eating in a foreign country. Make note of these international dining etiquette rules to avoid feeling foolish on your next vacation or business trip!

  • When eating in China, don’t flip your fish over. It’s considered bad luck, both for the diner and the fisherman who caught the fish. Some people believe that flipping the fish means that the fisherman’s boat will overturn! Either ignore the bottom half of your fish or pull off the bone to eat the remainder.
  • In Russia, always accept vodka when it’s offered. Turning down a drink is one of the rudest things you can do according to Russian culture. The offer is meant as a sign of trust and friendship, so not accepting the drink is the same as rejecting a person friendship flat out.
  • Avoid leaving your chopsticks sticking upright in your rice while dining in Japan. This is part of a funeral practice, so it is considered bad luck to do it during a meal. If you have been provided with a chopsticks rest, use it, but if not simply rest them on the side of your plate, parallel to the table.
  • Tacos should never be eaten with a fork and knife in Mexico. As the Budget Travel article says, “Mexicans think eating tacos with a fork and knife looks silly and, worse, snobby — kind of like eating a burger with silverware.” Don’t worry about getting grease or salsa on your shirt — it’s better than looking like a silly, snobby tourist!

What rules of international dining etiquette do you find most surprising? Share below!

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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