Traveling abroad can be a wonderful and eye opening experience, but the
people who live at your vacation destination may not be too excited about
it. It seems like every week there's
some new story about a tourist on vacation doing something embarrassing or down
right disrespectful, and nobody wants to shame themselves, or their native
country and culture when they're away.
We specialize in finding people luxury villas in Tuscany, but good
manners can be appreciated in every country.
If you want to avoid being a bad guest when you're abroad, make sure you
follow these tips.
mindful of the different culture
If you're going to a fairly conservative country, don't be shocked or
angry if you get some strange looks when you walk around in revealing
clothing. If you're going to be visiting
a different country, you're going to have to expect that some things are going
to be different abroad. You'd be
surprised by how many tourists get annoyed at the fact that they have to abide
by certain cultural rules when they're abroad.
Being from a different country doesn't give you an excuse to openly
flaunt your disregard of certain rules and expectations. Do your best to learn about the local culture
before your vacation so you don't unknowingly offend people.
before you take pictures
Imagine that you're taking a break from work at nice and relatively
well-known local park. You're sitting
enjoying your lunch and the scenery when all of the sudden you notice several
flashes of light. You look up and see a
stranger snapping pictures of you when you're trying to relax. When you kindly ask them to stop, they simply
smile and walk away. That scenario
sounds strange to you, but for some people living in popular vacation
destinations it's an everyday reality.
Taking somebody's picture without their permission is very rude, and it
could cause some problems for you if the person you're photographing is upset. Always ask someone before taking their
picture. If your grasp of the language
isn't very good, miming the act of taking picture can get your point
If you need a moment to check a map or look at your GPS, try not to do it
in the middle of a busy sidewalk or when you're crossing the street. One of the biggest pet peeves locals can have
about tourists is their ability to unknowingly block foot and road traffic when
they're on vacation. You may be on vacation
and not have anywhere to be, but there are thousands and possibly even millions
of other people where you are that do.
opinions to yourself
Some tourists can feel the need to voice their negative opinions about
where they're staying, but if you're unhappy about something you should keep it
to yourself. Would you go to a friend's
house and complain that you think their furniture is ugly? Would you loudly say negative things about
people in your neighborhood when you're sitting on your porch? If you wouldn't dream about doing those
things at home, why would you do them when you're abroad?
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