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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Holetown?

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We asked people in Holetown if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Holetown, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Dress modestly when you're not on the beach, as revealing clothing can be seen as disrespectful. Avoid using offensive language or making derogatory comments about the country or its people. It's also considered rude to take photos of locals without their permission. Barbadians, also known as Bajans, are generally warm and friendly people, but they value their personal space, so avoid touching or standing too close to someone unless you know them well. When it comes to dining etiquette, it's polite to finish all the food on your plate as leaving food can be seen as wasteful. It's also important to remember that the pace of life in Barbados is slower than in many other places. Bajans value a relaxed and laid-back lifestyle, so try not to rush or push things. Be patient and respectful of the local pace. Finally, while it's common for tourists to haggle in many Caribbean markets, this is not a common practice in Barbados. Attempting to haggle can be seen as disrespectful, so it's best to pay the asking price," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Holetown, Barbados.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Holetown?

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