by Mohamed Rehan
We all love traveling – be it domestically visiting different cities in your own home country or internationally, visiting different countries. No matter the reason may be, but we are always jumping in on an excuse to visit new places.
However, it is extremely important to learn best practices and decent etiquettes with regards to the places you are visiting. It helps you to value and acknowledge the varying customs, traditions and cultures of the people and places you have not observed previously.
So, to put it simply it is always best to learn some integral travel etiquettes before you embark on your next beautiful journey.
Learn About Where You are Visiting
If you are heading into a foreign land it is obvious that you are not accustomed to the lifestyles and traditions of the place. So, if you are planning to visit another country, learn about the customs, history and culture of your destination.
This is crucial since you are a visitor, a tourist and learning about these differences will help you from overstepping your bounds.
You are a Visitor!
Now remember this key statement when and wherever you are traveling to – you are the visitor. Which means the locals are your hosts and expect them to be busy with their routine livelihoods. So, do not expect them to make space for you in their local transportation mediums – such as buses and such.
However, be courteous when you are interacting with them. Smile and be presentable if and when you need local support and you would be surprised to know that most of them are more than ready to extend a helping hand.
Rules – Stick to them
Rules and regulations vary from country to country. Perhaps in your home country, you can overtake your vehicle from the left side but this might not be the case in the place you are visiting. Or, the place you are traveling to has certain regulations that are not present in your hometown – but be sure to stick to them.
The simple rule to follow when it comes to following the rules – if the locals are not doing it, then you should not either.
Learn the local language, lingo and gestures
It might be surprising for you to know that the same hand gesture could mean an entirely different thing from country to country and culture to culture. Make sure to learn at least the basics of the native language of the destination you are visiting along with some of the most common gestures and lingo that the locals frequently use.
Who knows, this might actually help you to familiarize yourself with the people on a friendlier level. The passion we have for traveling is obvious, but if we learn the basics and necessities of travel etiquettes before we pack the bags to visit a foreign land – it could make a whole world of difference. Not only does it help you to be presentable, but also aids in forming beautiful bonds with new people as well.