Travel Tip of the Day: Take Your Shoes Off When Visiting Someone’s Home

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One of the greatest things a traveler can do on the road is visit a local’s home. There’s no better way to get a flavor of what it’s really like to live in the destination. However, it amazes me that so many Americans just walk into someone’s home without taking their shoes off. I know I’m a germaphobe and my dad always gives me a difficult time when I make him take his shoes off (we didn’t grow up that way), but it’s the right thing to do—especially if you see shoes lined up by the door. While you’re at it, don’t put your feet up on other people’s couches or tables or open their fridge.

Related: Late-night TV show host James Corden in a British person’s home, which includes leaving your shoes on.

 

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2 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Take Your Shoes Off When Visiting Someone’s Home"

  1. always check the customs and norms of a country you visit: often it is impolite to NOT bring a small gift when visiting

  2. Keep a pair of fold up slippers (or at least a nice pair of socks) in your bag. These will come in handy if you visit someone’s home or a sacred sigh – such as a temple – where shoes are not permitted. It will keep you feet clean and make you feel a little better about walking where so many others have walked.

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