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Travel etiquette

  Top 10 travel etiquette tips

 

Often, people consider travel to be a luxury rather than something anyone can do. It's something kids save up for and dream of when their young, and what adults long for after years of hard work.

 

Although there are plenty of ways to travel without breaking your wallet, not everyone has the opportunity to travel. And if you're lucky to do so, its important to remember to remember your values from home when you are abroad.

 

Don't be a travel snob: If you're lucky enough to travel, it doesn't give you the opportunity to talk about it 24/7. Even if all of your friends travel as much as you do, travel stories can be great to share but can seen redundant if you're over sharing. Those who don't travel as much might deem you a travel snob if you're giving them a strange look because they haven't been where you've been.

 

Respect other languages: Whether you know a few words or find yourself a fluent speaker, learning and understanding a new language in another country can be difficult. Pretty often a tourist will find themselves frustrated when they cannot communicate. You'll familiarize yourself with travelers saying “Why don't you speak English; everyone speaks it!.” Understand that English may not be the easiest language for someone else and find other ways to communicate using pictures or a translator.

 

Dive into culture: When you immense yourself into a new culture, it is anything but a bad thing to do. Proper travelers soak up the true experience abroad and often don't hold back. This doesn't mean learning the language and changing your attire, but don't be hesitant to enter a Buddhist temple if you're invited. Tell yourself you can have McDonald's any day; it won't hurt to try a bit of French cuisine. It will only make for a great experience and story down the road.

 

Recognize the rules of the country: When in Rome, do as the Romans, right? Even if Rome doesn't have outlandish rules, there are some countries that might. Guidebooks are a great source to learn quick important facts about a country; concerning laws and regulations that locals are familiar with. Using the excuse “I'm a tourist” may not work if you didn't know how to use your transportation card. You will save yourself trouble and will be respectful of the country itself.
Represent your country with pride

 

Travelers don't really think too much about their representation abroad: When you're on vacation or traveling, you are the biggest example of where you come from. Your ideals and mannerisms are observed the same way you are doing so on your trip. Make a good example of your country; especially during conversation with locals. Try to avoid political disputes abroad and remain neutral about topics if you feel strongly about a topic. Last thing you want to do is rub a local the wrong way.

 

Share your travel wisdom: Every piece of travel information you've learned is a valuable tip everyone can use. Sharing travel tips with others is a great way to communicate with other travelers and foreigners. Perhaps you're familiar with the confusing train systems of Bolivia and can offer help to a traveler who doesn't speak Spanish as well as you do. Anyone can appreciate a little help when they're on the road.

 

Expect problems in any shape or form: When you expect the unexpected, it makes for a smoother fall if something bad does happen. Face it; traveling doesn't always work the way you want it to. Whether you're experiencing travel delays, finding yourself lost or simply not even enjoying your trip, be aware that this is perfectly normal. Blaming others or a country itself for a bad experience is no excuse and can be rude to foreigners.

 

Stay open minded: Opening your eyes to new experiences and local customs is probably the biggest part of the travel experience. Maybe you're not used to the crowded streets of Tokyo, Japan, or simply cannot fathom the idea of street vendors selling strange food items in China. What may be strange to you is normal to someone else. Stay open minded to what you see abroad; you don't have to accept it or even like it, but respecting it goes a long way.

 

Disconnect from the world: Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, it's always proper to disconnect from social media client once in a while. It's easy to get caught up talking about your travels back home that you'll forget you're somewhere else and could be having yet another fun experience. Don't be the traveler stuck in a cafe in London struggling to find Wi-Fi just to log on to Facebook. There will be plenty of time to share travel stories when you return home; we promise.

 

Politeness goes a long way: When tourists in your own city are polite, it is only fair to do the same when you're a tourist somewhere else. Anyone can easily get frustrated with a lost tourist blocking the city sidewalk, or asking where the nearest Starbucks is when it is clearly one block away. Or, when you are the tourist and you're frustrated abroad and need assistance immediately, it is only proper to do so politely. One important thing to remember is to always ask someone when you want their photograph. Snapping photos of locals without permission may seem harmless, but it is polite to ask just in case. Everyone can easily appreciate a nice traveler or tourist and will be more than willing to help you.


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