One of the important things that you should consider carefully before traveling to a foreign country is the cultural difference. For many tourists, language and other aspects of culture become major problems when they visit foreign lands. As a result, they make cultural mistakes that annoy or enrage the local people. If you fail to create good rapport with the foreigners then your trip can be ruined.
When you are in Rome, it is best to act like the Romans. This ancient saying only refers to the capacity of adjusting with your changed circumstances. Every tourist should do a little bit of research and learn all there is to learn about the country they will be visiting. There are some common tricks for avoiding cultural problems abroad. Here are tips by Dr Prem Jagyasi and his team members listed for you.
Learn some necessary phrases
It is impossible to learn to speak a foreign language fluently just with the help of apps or books within a few days. You should rather focus on learning some of the most basic phrases so that you can get things done while abroad. For example ‘Please’, ‘Sorry’, Thank You’, ‘what is the price’ Where is the washroom’ and ‘Hello’ are some good examples.
Do read the travel guide
Most people do not read their travel guides properly. They just flip through it and read the areas that interest them. This way they miss some major points about traveling. Reading the travel guide thoroughly will give you better insight about the culture and traditions of the foreign people. There are some customs that people take very seriously and if you do not follow these customs then they become enraged.
Observe and follow
You cannot learn every little thing about a foreign country’s culture just by reading travel guides. Do more extensive research or learn through observation. Watch what the local people are doing to pay bills or booking tickets, or how they behave in public spaces. You should also observe their clothes and the manner of eating. Do the things that they are doing to avoid being misunderstood.
Do act like a guest
You have to remember that you are a guest and act like one as well. Do not behave rudely or comment rudely about the customs, food or language of the people in front of them. They might become angry when they hear your opinions. A good and well-behaved guest never comments negatively about the food, clothes or customs of his or her hosts.
Respect the new culture
There is nothing more enriching than learning about a new culture. The best way of learning a new culture is to follow the customs, eat their food and participate in their local cultural program. The culture of each civilization is different from the others. Respect this difference as it creates variety.
A smile can cost you your virtue. In foreign countries, people may or may not be used to smiling often. In Paris, the stereotype says women only smile at men if they want a favor or want that man to hit on them. Smiling to your waiter is a good way of getting extra favors but smiling at strangers can make you look like the fool who will fall for scams easily.
Don’t be bothered by the tourist tax
The tourist taxes are present in many countries and create difference in the price of commodities for the local people and the tourists. Tourists have to pay more for taxi fares and restaurant bills. Pay the extra charges because you need good quality services and there is no way of avoiding it.
Small cultural differences can create big troubles for you while traveling abroad. Try to learn the new culture’s rules and regulations and follow them while vacationing in a foreign land.