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TRAVEL ETIQUETTE: The Do's and Don'ts When Traveling

5/10/2019

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Etiquette refers to a group of rules and codes on how to behave and how to do different things in a proper way. These actions are generally accepted by the local society and may differ from place to place. So, travel etiquette are unwritten customs which one should observe when travelling.

TRAVEL ETIQUETTE AND TIPS:
Whether you're traveling cross-country, hiking a mountain, or travel abroad, each destination has their own rules. As travellers, we must observe these rules in respect to their culture.

1. PROPER ATTIRE
Proper clothes must be observed when visiting the local place of worship. You may either come prepared with suitable clothes or you may bring your own sarongs. Some temples or churches require to remove one's shoes. If its in your itinerary, keep in mind to dress appropriately.

bali sarong

2. LEAVE NO TRACE
Leave no trace is more than just a 'travel quote' one uses in their Instagram photo. Whether its hiking in the mountains, exploring local beaches, or visiting abroad-- observe it. It simply translate to a visit which looked like you were never there; to prevent the decay of natural areas so others can also enjoy them. So on your next visit, you can still visit the piece of paradise you once enjoyed.

boracay sand wallpaper

3. PROTECTED AREA RULES
Different protected areas have different rules. It actually depends on the particular tourist spot/park they are protecting. Since its already a 'protected area', it has a huge significance to the locals and they want to preserve it. Therefore, we as travellers, should preserve it as well.



4. BE DISCRETE ABOUT YOUR OPINION-- ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE NOT GOOD
Admit it. There are bad experience in our travels. As a form of respect, we shouldn't 'bash' the country because of it. You may be scammed or billed 10x more than the actual price. Nonetheless, one incident doesn't define the overall character of a country, but it can contribute to it. As travellers, sharing this on social media is a form of informing others as well. Let's just keep it in a professional informative way.

5. GOOD MANNERS
Even if you are not travelling, I hope everyone is doing this. Good manners will come a long way. Be patient in waiting for your turn. Be polite when talking to the locals. Aside from being patient you should also be punctual. Say "Thank you" when someone helped you. Avoid disrespecting the locals. Remember, you're visiting their home.

man observing respect at bali temple

6. RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS
Travellers should adapt to the locals' culture. Some religious customs are bowing one's head at temples in Thailand, not stepping on offering in Bali and not disturbing Muslims in their prayer.

7. OBSERVE PERSONAL SPACE AND RESPECT COMMUNAL SPACE

If you're like me, it is uncomfortable if someone invades my personal space. Isn't it disturbing when someone is leaning over your legroom in the plane? Or someone's standing too close to you? If it bothers you, tell them. Respect their personal space as well. This goes the same with hoarding and not sharing public property-- like hoarding the seats for your bag.

taichung night life

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8. LEARN A FEW LOCAL LANGUAGE

Sometimes, the locals appreciate when you try to converse with them in their local language. Its also a form of connection. It's also nice when you great them in their local tongue, it is more likely that they will answer your question. Basic words and phrases you should know should be: hello, good day, how much is this, how to get to destination, thank you, and good bye.

bali music picture

9. TIP WHEN NECESSARY
Giving a few tip wouldn't hurt us especially when we are happy with the service we received. Although in some countries, tips aren't welcome.

10. LEARN AND SEARCH THE PLACE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE DO'S AND DON'TS
These tips are the basic travel etiquette out there! Research your particular country to familiarize yourself with their local etiquette.

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