Think of Your Ways to Travel Abroad Part 1. They Must Be Americans

It was a hot day, so when the couple finished the morning at the beach they decided to make a little shopping with their swimsuit. Wrapping a visible, flaming scarf at the bottom of her bikini, and with her clogged T-shirts and T-shirts on them, they tiled on the sheikh of a small highway shop. The eyes were glowing and looking. The mothers were covering the eyes of their naughty children. Mature men and women were smiling or shaking their heads. "They must be Americans," one salesman knowingly whispered to the other. Unfortunately, he was right.

When traveling, whether it's for business, pleasure or vacation, you need to consider your forms. Americans are becoming increasingly known for their disrespectful behavior while abroad. I told her to become the image of "The Ugly American" is already very common. The stereotype of the talkative, wise-breaking, inappropriately dressed, wealthy American aliens who travel from their lifestyles, unfortunately, are all very real in some ways, in many cases. With the rise of anti-American sentiment around the world, international corporations from Microsoft to McDonald & # 39; s, and business publications like the Wall Street Journal have repeatedly touched upon the subject. Here are some tips on how to promote a better, smarter, educated, and respectful image when traveling abroad.

Learn about local geography

Are you planning a trip abroad? The first order of business: Get a map and study it. Have a good idea of ​​how the city and its surroundings are formed. Learn important landmarks and landmarks. Very good travel guides provide necessary information about the surroundings. This can be especially important if the local language uses a non-Western alphabet writing system. During a recent visit to Colombia, my wife and I had fun listening to a stranger explain his compass directions to his family wrong. It had the opposite direction to the north and south, despite having a clear view of the Pacific Ocean.

Dress in moderation

It's not enough to talk about the local dress code and customs. In many countries, women are disrespectful, sometimes dressed plainly, show naked skin or body parts. B bra breasts or legs, even for men, can be considered offensive in many cultures. If you're not sure what is right, ask discreetly, or check out information sites for local habits. The Rule of Use of the Foot Being in public places cannot be bare feet, ankles, backs or arms. Put on the locals' dress to make sure you respect their cultural norms. Embera Indian women, who usually come to terms with their culture, are covered in colorful wrappings as they visit non-Indian cities and villages along the coast of South America and the Pacific Ocean in order to respect the social norms of their neighbors. Embera men, in their normal belly coil, wear shirts and pants outside their villages for the same reasons.

See what and how you speak

Your speech reflects who and what you are. It can be a useful tool for melting cultures or shattering dissatisfaction. Become indignant by constantly ignoring your “wealth,” power, business, or social status. People don't think they hear how "low" their lives are.

In Part 2 of this series of three sections, we will discuss what to say and how to say it when traveling abroad: “Think of your ways when you travel. Religion is taboo, politics is out. "

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