This Western European country may be relatively laid back in terms of its political scene and its criminal regulations, but there are still plenty of ways to complicate your trip so here are 5 Things NOT To Do in Belgium.
1. Don’t Get Caught Up in a Crowd
Public demonstrations are commonplace, reportedly happening almost every day. Police usually oversee them, however some of these demonstrations occur without police permission and get out of control so it’s best to just steer clear.
2. Don’t Trust the Crosswalks
Unless the crosswalk is governed by a traffic light, you should be extremely careful. Belgian drivers have an international fame for somewhat reckless behavior. So look both ways before you cross.
3. Don’t Get Scammed
A popular target for these criminals isn’t the traveler, but their family who will receive notice that their loved-one is in trouble and needs money to bail them out. Before leaving, make sure that your friends and family are aware of this scam.
4. Don’t Try to Speak the Language
A lot of countries will appreciate a fumbling stab at their local tongue, but not here! You can get into trouble trying to speak Dutch in a French region or French in a Dutch region, so it’s a good idea just to stick with English.
5. Don’t Flirt with Women at Random
Unless you’re in a club, most Belgian women won’t respond well to being hit on. Most romantic relationships are formed after men and women get to know each other. Having some randy tourist try out a pick up line isn’t going to get a Belgian woman’s attention, so save your breath.
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