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6 Travel Etiquette Every Tourist Should Know



Some tourist etiquette guidelines are self-evident, such as treating natives with respect. Other standards, on the other hand, are less visible but vital to being a good traveler.


Every traveler, regardless of where they go, should adhere to some rules of travel etiquette. Whether you're visiting a low-key beach town or a historic religious institution, there are certain ways that you, as a tourist, should perform in order to not only show respect but also to portray your character and origins in a positive light.


It's a privilege to be able to visit another country, when it's not clear how to act, use the same manners and considerations you would if you were in someone's private space. It takes more than remembering your pleases and thank you to be a courteous tourist. It's about making sure the country that's hosting you knows how grateful you are to be there, and how much respect you have for their way of life — even if it's very different from your own.

Here are some important etiquette rules to follow while on a tourist vacation.


Know Where You are Going - You should do some preparatory study before traveling to any location. Get a sense of the place, what significant historical events have occurred there, and what the culture is like. Is there a war going on there right now? Are the people in your neighborhood conservative? Is it a holy season when you're going? Do some homework to ensure you're not being inadvertently disrespectful, and to be a good travel student. It will only enrich your time there and help you better relate to the people.



Be Alert When Visiting Memorials and Religious Sites - If you must photograph a memorial or religious site, make every effort to ensure that no one is there, as individuals who have come to grieve deserve privacy and respect. If at all feasible, concentration camps and cemeteries should be off-limits to photography. Make sure you're also respectful of the tone while you're there. These aren't the places to make phone calls, have a good laugh with pals, or speak loudly.



If The Culture Demands, Be Prepared to Dress Conservatively - Respect the culture if you're visiting a conservative country. Clothing as closely as possible to the natives in order to feel like one of them and to demonstrate that you respect their dress code, as well as for your own protection. If everyone else's shoulder is covered, you should cover yours as well. If you're unsure about what to wear, contact a travel agency or a tour guide for help.



Don't Take People's Pictures Without Asking - People don't want to feel like they are a human zoo, which is why you should never photograph someone up close without first requesting permission. If the person is far away, it may be acceptable to take a brief photograph. If you want to photograph someone, approach them and ask if they will allow it; if they refuse, be understanding and quickly back down.



Do As Others Do - Check to see whether anyone else is using their phone or computer before opening your laptop at a cafe or making a phone call in a museum. If you're inclined to photograph something but no one else is, there's probably a reason. Before you get too comfortable in a room, scan it for hints. So that you won't end up being embarassed.

Do As Others Do - Check to see whether anyone else is using their phone or computer before opening your laptop at a cafe or making a phone call in a museum. If you're inclined to photograph something but no one else is, there's probably a reason. Before you get too comfortable in a room, scan it for hints. So that you won't end up being embarassed.

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