Top Travel Tips
- Learn about the country you’re visiting, the religion and culture, local rules and values. A guide in your back pocket is not enough. A deeper understanding and sensitivity will help you make the right choices.
- Take time to learn about appropriate behavior. Gestures and body language mean different things in different cultures. Sometimes these differ within a single country.
- Take the time to learn some of the language and don’t be scared of speaking it. You will have more positive contact with people just by knowing how to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, ‘please’, and other simple pleasantries.
- Tell people at home where you are and keep in touch via the net – when possible.
- How you dress is immensely important. You must respect and be aware of local standards. Be modest at religious sites, and be aware of the dress code even on the beach!
- Support traditional artisans by avoiding imported products be sensitive when you bargain. Remember that a small amount of money to you could be important to the seller.
- Don’t help promote cruelty or exploitation of endangered species. Think about what is on offer before you buy or eat something.
- One of the most important things you can do to help the host country is to support its locally owned businesses. Visit local restaurants; use local hotels, and other services. Eat local food and drink local brands and brews. Also use public transport, hire a bike, or walk – this will help you to mix with local people and you’ll become familiar with the place quickly.
- Don’t take snap shots or videos of people without asking permission. People may take offence, or be suspicious or even scared of your camera. You could arrange to send a copy of the photo after you have arrived home.
- You can support the community through donating to a local school, clinic, or development project. Be wary of giving money or gifts to beggars or people you have just met.
- Take care of the environment. Leave only footprints. Take out all you take in, to areas away from the cities. Don’t use plastic bag or plastic bottles.
- When you get back, look up support programs that are working to protect the countries that you have visited.
These top travel tips will make your trip so much more enjoyable.