Be cautious when traveling abroad: Part 1: They must be Americans

The weather was very hot that day, so when the couple spent a morning on the beach, they chose some shopping-swimsuits. At the bottom of her bikini was wrapped in a transparent fragile scarf, he wore flip-flops and slogan T-shirts, and they walked into a small shop in the main passage. The onlookers gasped and stared. The mother covered the eyes of their slumbering children. Mature men and women snicker or shake their heads. "They must be Americans," a salesperson deliberately whispered to another. Unfortunately, she is right.

On the road, whether you are on a business trip, vacation or vacation, please pay attention to your behavior. Americans are especially famous for their impolite manner when they go abroad. I said to be it? The image of "ugly Americans" is already too broad. Unfortunately, the loud speech, the wise choices, the improper dressing of the wealthy foreigners who show off their lifestyles during travel are in many ways true in many ways. As anti-American sentiment grows globally, international publications from Microsoft to McDonald's and commercial publications such as The Wall Street Journal talk about this topic time and time again. This is some advice on how to build a better, smarter, educated and respected image when traveling abroad.

Understand local geography

Planning to travel abroad? Primary business – get maps and conduct research. Understand how the city and its surroundings are laid out. Learn about important sights and landmarks. Many excellent travel guides provide basic information about travel. This is especially important if the local language uses a non-Western alphabet writing system. During a recent trip to Colombia, my wife and I were not listening to entertainment when a foreigner explained the compass to his family. Although you can see the Pacific Ocean sunset, his north-south direction is the opposite.

Moderate dress

Note that local dressing habits and customs are not enough. In many countries, women wear casual clothes in public, and clothing that exposes the skin or body parts is not respected. Even in front of men, bare hairy chests or legs are considered objectionable in many cultures. If you are not sure what to do, ask for inquiries or visit an informative website for information on local customs. In public places, the rule of thumb available is not to expose the legs, torso, back or arms. Imitate the dress of the locals to ensure that you respect their cultural norms. Embera Indian women are often exposed in their culture, and they will wear colorful coats when visiting non-Indian towns and villages on the Pacific coast of South America to respect the social norms of their neighbors. For the same reason, the Embera man wore a regular thong belt and wore a T-shirt and pants outside the village.

Look at what you say

Your speech reflects who you are and what. It may be a useful tool for blending culture or being hit by dissatisfaction. Do not endlessly talk about your "rich", power, business or social status to create resentment. People don't care to hear how inferior your lifestyle looks.

In the second part of this three-part series, we will discuss how to say and how to travel abroad when you travel to pay attention to your attitude: religion is taboo, politics is going out.

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