We all like to think we’re pretty good tourists as Travel is very much a two-way street. Being a “good” traveler will help you get the most out of relationship and your travels. You’ll be better received by locals, have more close-to-the-ground experiences and you’ll return home having left a better impression of your own country on them. But sometimes even the most experienced traveler can feel bad of some common travel difficulties.
Here are some tips for being a good traveler.
Local Currency-The local economy is best option for purchasing you can do when travelling. Locally made crafts and are not always cheaper, but purchasing them ensures your contribution to the economy will have a more direct impact. By buying locally made products or staying in homegrown hotels, your tourist dollars go direct to the people who need them.
Patience-Delays, cancellations and lost luggage are just part of the travel experience, so stay out about problems that arise is not going to make things happen any faster. When you accept that most things are going to be done differently from what you’re used to, you’ll have a more relaxing trip. Being patient is really your only option.
Respect-Respect others the way you’d like to be treated. Do some reading about the culture and customs of where you’re going before you arrive. You should be respectful to everyone you meet. Doing so will help you integrate more easily into your new, temporary home.
Language-Knowing at least a few words in the language of the country you’re visiting can go a long way toward making your stay more pleasant.
Try Something New-From strange food to adventurous day trips, try new things – at least once. You may never have the opportunity again so go for it. This means trying new foods, learning local customs and doing things you don’t get to do at home.