Be open minded when travelling, yet be sure to respect local cultures and customs in the way people live
You may personally hold certain religious or cultural beliefs, yet when travelling you need to respect your visiting countries rules around them, regardless of your own. If you don’t abide by the rules you could be fined, kicked out of the country or worse taken into custody and detained behind bars. Be prepared to dress appropriately, remove your shoes or not enter certain places of worship. Be mindful of taking photos, before you start clicking away on any device, be aware of your what images you’re taking, If you’re taking photographs of people always ask for their permission first, if they decline then respect their wishes. In most locations it is also illegal to photo military bases and some places of worship. Learn the correct etiquette required at your place of destination, are you obligated to tip at restaurants, are there certain situations on public transport you’re not meant to talk on your phone. It can be your small actions that have major impact on others when travelling, be mindful of your actions.
When you travel, appreciate the culture of the people in the land
Lailah Gifty Akita
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