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Ways to Become a Better Tourist

Simply put, going on a vacation is more of a necessary thing these days, as most people are under continual stress and on the constant run, working and meeting deadlines. That is why we need to escape from our everyday obligations from time to time, and what better way to do so than travel. Now, exploring other cultures, meeting new people, and learning something new about someone else’s history enrichen us in so many ways, and traveling can widen our perspective on how we see the world and even ourselves. Of course, some people go on a vacation just to relax, have a few drinks, and ease their mind, but even that usually ends up with at least talking to locals. That is why being on good behavior is always a must and for one simple reason. When talking to locals, the way they behave and whether they are polite or not, will leave an impression and will affect your opinion about people from that region, but you also represent your country while visiting some new place, so remember that. Another reason why we should never forget our manners is that just because you are on vacation, that doesn’t mean that everyone else around you also is.

Finding a good host is what we all want when traveling, and it is also quite an understandable thing that those hosts want a good tourist too. Good tourists behave themselves, as they show respect to other cultures and don’t break any laws while on vacation. They are also keen or at least put some effort into learning a phrase or two of the local language, as even simple words as “please” and “thank you” will mean a lot. These are just some examples of what’s needed to become a better tourist, so let’s broaden this subject, and check some other things.

Think about clothes

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It doesn’t matter if we are going on a vacation for a couple of days or a longer period, it is necessary to bring enough clothes to be prepared for every weather condition. That does not mean that we need to bring boots and a jacket on a summer trip, but it is always a good idea to have a pair of sneakers, pants and some hooded sweatshirt so the rain cannot surprise us. Besides weather conditions, there are special dress codes in many countries, and it is important to respect them if you decide to visit some of them since it is a part of their culture and heritage. You probably don’t want something as unimportant as clothing to ruin your stay, so if going to some place entirely new, do your homework about the customs and dress code before the trip.

Respect the culture and obey the rules

There are many different cultures around the globe, and it can sometimes happen that we are surprised when we visit some new country with a different culture than ours. If someone wants to learn more about some new country, that means that they need to learn more about its culture and history and show as much respect as they have for their own culture. It is, once again, crucial to do the research and check what is forbidden and what is desirable behavior and follow all the rules to avoid any unpleasant situation. Local people are always friendly when they see tourists around, but they won’t be happy if someone disrespects their country, culture, and rules. The saying “You reap what you sow” should be on your mind here, and if you show gratitude and respect, that’s exactly what you will get in return, if not more.

Learn a few words

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It is always nice to learn a few words and to thank locals in their language. In that way, they will feel our gratitude, and we will be richer for a few new words in a foreign language. For those who want to be better prepared, it is always a good idea to learn how to ask for direction, food, and drinks and understand the answers from the locals. Many of them do not know any other language besides their own, so it can be pretty challenging to communicate with them. Take France for example, this beautiful country with rich history and breathtaking views and sights that will leave you craving for more, but going somewhere where tourists don’t go as often without knowing some words and expressions in French will just complicate things, and those who visited France will surely agree with us, and the same can be said for Spain. That is why, if you have enough time, take a few lessons or a language course, as learning a new language will broaden your views, and if you want to see how learning Spanish doesn’t have to be that tough, read more about that here.

Pick up the trash

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One of the rules that we should all obey no matter if we are on vacation or in our country is never to leave the trash behind. It is an ugly habit, and it leaves permanent consequences to our environment, and it takes only a few seconds to put the trash into the trash can. Never use the excuse that it already was dirty when you come, and instead of that, use the trash can. That makes the whole world much better place for living and gives us even more great places to visit. No one likes dirty things, or to see an ocean full of plastic bottles, so why throw them in the sea in the first place.

Use local currency

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In many local stores and coffee shops, it is possible only to pay if one has the local currency, and in some of them, it is impossible to use a credit card instead. Because of that, the best idea is to exchange money when you arrive in the country and use it for paying. It is important to find a trustworthy exchange office to avoid higher costs than is necessary.


Ricardo is a freelance writer specialized in politics. He is with foreignpolicyi.org from the beginning and helps it grow. Email: richardorland4[at]gmai.com