Located in Central America, Panama is home to one of the greatest engineering feats in the world -the Panama Canal. This magnificent country is filled with the most diversified wildlife in all of Central America; and offers feats offered nowhere else in the world, like watching the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean and watching it set over the Atlantic Ocean. However, before you make the trek to visit Panama, make sure to avoid committing these five common faux pas.
1. Never Complain
Even when things may not, you should never complain. Remain positive; and remember, Panama is more laid back. Thus they tend to run things at a slower pace, and punctuality is not highly respected. Don’t let it bother you, just sit back and relax. You can’t control everything. Being tolerant and polite will get you much farther than frustrated and rude.
2. Learn Some Spanish
Although English is spoken in Panama, you can get around more swiftly and conveniently by having a decent understanding of the Spanish language. If you’re unsure of a word, try to explain it. You’ll be surprised how many locals are willing to help out.
3. Look out for Motorists
Unlike the United States, motorcycles do not have to stay within the same lanes as other vehicles. Motorcycles are allowed to swerve in and out of cars, as well as through the narrow aisle between the lanes. So if you plan on driving in Panama, make sure to check your blind spot for any motorcyclists.
4. Budget Properly
Although Panama is a very affordable country, always make sure to leave yourself a little wiggle room when calculating your expenses. If something turns out more expensive than you expected, either: look for another entertainment choice or find other ways to cut back.
5. Never Go Topless
The “Free the Nipple” campaign may currently be in effect in other countries, but avoid going topless in this conservative and religious country. Not only is it illegal to walk around topless, but you can even get a fine for walking around in a bikini.