Travel Etiquettes: Golden Rules to follow when you Travel Abroad


Travel Etiquettes: Golden Rules to follow when you Travel Abroad. Traveling to a completely different culture and country or state gives you the opportunity to learn more and grow to be a better person.  With travelling, we not only laugh, enjoy, post on Instagram, but we also become disciplined and rise above our fears.

Sometimes, it becomes very difficult for us to know what to say and how to act without offending someone when we are travelling abroad. Being thrown into a new culture is overwhelming.  Many people deal with this either by acting extremely unpleasant or being totally reserved.

While travelling abroad keep in mind that you are representing your home country. So try your best to be careful of what you say and do.  Follow these simple tips. It will help you feel a bit more comfortable towards your host culture without hurting someone’s feelings.

A golden rule when travelling to a new culture is if you don’t see the local people doing it, you should not do it. Here are some more incredible tips worth noting.

1)      Research on the Place You are Visiting

  •       Try to know as much as you can about the place you are visiting. Get information about the history, customs, and culture of the destination.
  •       The more you know about the culture, etiquettes, and citizens, the lower would be the odds that you have to face in a foreign land.
  •       Every country’s culture has diverse rules for etiquette and manners. It is not possible to learn all of them. Though, a simple Google search will at least provide you a base of what is considered discourteous in the destination country.

2)      Respect Your Host Culture and Don’t Forget You’re a Visitor

  •       Always respect the ways of your host’s culture even if you are not able to observe certain religious events or behaviors.
  •       Never do anything that deliberately goes against their rituals.
  •       Never expect locals to make space for you on the bus, train, or tram. Always let the locals follow their routine life. Respect other people’s personal space.
  •       Be polite in your interactions as everyone loves to help and engage with a well-mannered and friendly person.

3)      Get to know the dining and hospitality etiquette

  •       It is good that you learn some basic dining customs and polish up on the cuisine before you go to restaurants.
  •       If you don’t like something or their food seems strange, be polite. It’s better to keep quiet if you don’t have anything nice to say.
  •       You should always do some research about tipping etiquette. Give tip like the locals do, not as you would do at home.


4)      Learn about littering rules and adhere to guidelines

  •       There is no country in the world that gets pleased upon littering. So, stash your rubbish and dispose them only at designated dumps.
  •       Certain countries have public dustbins that are sorted as per the type of trash you can dump. So read signs appropriately and stick on to the rules.

5)      Learn selfie etiquettes

  •       When you are in a foreign country, taking a selfie is very tempting. After all, you want to keep a visual or social media souvenir of your time atthe place.
  •       As travel etiquettes, you should also learn about selfie etiquettes. Be aware of who and what you include in the background.
  •       If you are at a historical place and there are a set of laws about photography, be sure to respect them. This will help you avoid stiff penalties due to non-conformity of the rules.


6)      Conversational skills in the language

  •       Today, English has become the common communication language internationally. Still, your host will appreciate your effort if you try to learn a little bit of their language.
  •       A simple HELLO or THANK YOU in their language will go a long way if it’s in a local language of your hosts.
  •       There are certain apps like Google Translator can help you to translate if you don’t know the language.

7)      Wear comfortable, without going overboard

  •       You are on a holiday. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Still, ensure to act in accordance with local dress codes and customs.
  •       If you want to be treated with respect by locals then dress appropriately.
  •       Ensure you keep it fashionable but when in doubt, it is better to cover up to the knees and elbows,and be on the safe side.

8)      Stick to certain rules, there is a reason for it.

  •       Some countries and states have certain rules. They have developed it for a specific reason. So, don’t try to break it. Stick to them because there is a particular reason behind it.
  •       If it mandates that there should be no vehicle on the walkway, there’s a reason for it.  If smoking is not allowed in certain areas then carrying an e-cig is a better alternative. This way, you will ensure that the locals do not contract the ill-effects of passive smoking of tobacco from the traditional cigarettes.
  •       Take note of signboards in and around areas you are visiting. Still, if you are not sure then it’s better to ask locals for guidance.
  •       If locals are not doing something, then it is better for you to avoid it as well.

9)      Praise, don’t criticize the country

  •       When you are travelling to a different country and culture, it might happen that things will not go like as you have expected.
  •       If you don’t like something then never try to complain about it. It will make your host feel bad.
  •       It is fine to say something if you have a serious health concern. Otherwise, be sensible and never criticize the country.


10)  Manage your expectations

  •       When you are in a different nation it is evident that things may not be the same as in your home country. So be ready to adjust and make some concessions when things are different.
  •       Taste the food, make use of public transportation, and talk to citizens. These things will provide you a better point of view on your destination.

Just Do Your Best

It is not possible to recognize everything about a different culture’s customs and etiquettes. But when in doubt, just express regret and make clear that you’re learning. If you go abroad with an open mind, the ability to laugh at your mistakes, and follow these simple tips, then you will not face problems while travelling.

Let us know about your experience traveling to a foreign nation.


Guest Post by Lynda Arbon

Author Bio:

Lynda Arbon is a passionate and enthusiastic health blogger. She likes keeping herself    updated on health trends and blogs. Her favourite pastime is learning history and solving crossword puzzles. Follow her on Twitter.


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