Vagabondish is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read our disclosure.
Essential Survival Knowledge: Gesture to Avoid (the Upside-Down Glass on Bar)
In the United States and other countries, turning your glass upside-down might indicate that you do not want anything more to drink. In some pubs in Australia, however, finishing your drink, turning the glass upside-down, and placing it squarely on the bar may signal that you believe you can win a fight with anyone present.
Anyone heard of this before? Or witnessed the unfortunate outcome of some unsuspecting traveler doing same?
It might sound a little silly to folks in the States. But whether it’s true or not, it’s a good reminder to get acquainted with the countries you plan on visiting – especially local gestures and greetings. Seemingly innocuous gestures here in the U.S. – the thumbs up or the simple wave – might mean something altogether different in Asia, Africa, et. al.