Count on your customs when traveling to the foreigner. 1st part: they must be Americans

It was a hot day, so when the couple finished a little while in the morning on the beach, they opted for a bit of shopping, as they were bathing. Surrounding a fluffy and enthusiastic scarf at the bottom of the bikini, and he on the flip flops and the slogan t-shirt, they put themselves in a small tent on the main road. The viewers watched and watched. The mothers covered the eyes of their shameless children. Mature men and women laughed or did not take their heads off. "They must be Americans," one conscientious conscientious whisper to another. Unfortunately, he was right.

If you are traveling for business, pleasure or vacations, you should keep in mind your customs. Americans are particularly well known for their disrespectful foreign behavior. Did I say convert? The image of the "Ugly American" is already too widespread. The stereotype of American foreigners who are talking, creeping, inadequately dressed and richly lacking in their lifestyle while traveling is, unfortunately, too real in some respects in many cases. With anti-American feelings growing worldwide, international corporations from Microsoft to McDonald & # 39; Commercial publications such as the Wall Street Journal have again addressed the issue. Here are some tips on how to promote a better, smarter, more educated and respectful image when you travel abroad.

Understand local geography

Are you planning a trip to the foreigner? First order of business: obtain a map and study it. Have an idea of ​​how the city and its surroundings are collected. Know important places and milestones. Many good travel guides provide essential information on how to travel. This can be especially important if the local language uses a writing system of the non-Western alphabet. In a recent trip to Colombia, my wife and I listened with amusement when a foreigner explained to the family the instructions of the compass, incorrectly. It had the north and south directions back despite having the sunrise of the Pacific Ocean in sight.

Dress in moderation

You can not say with enough attention to the code of local costumes and customs. In many countries, it is disrespectful that women dress casually, showing the skin or the bare parts of the body in public. The undressed cuffs and legs on the screen, even for men, can be considered offensive in many cultures. If you are not sure of what is appropriate, ask discreetly or consult information about local customs. A useful rule that can be used is that there are no bare legs, torso, back or arms in public places. Emulate the locals dress to make sure you are respecting their cultural norms. Embera Indian women, who are not normally in their culture, receive a colorful envelope when visiting non-Indian towns and villages on the Pacific coast in South America, so that they are respectful of the social norms of their neighbors. Embera men, wearing their normal backs, wear shirts and trousers out of their villages for the same reasons.

Look what and how you talk

Your intervention reflects who and what you are. It can be a useful tool for the fusion of crops or a flat of discontent. Do not feel resentment by continually stroking your "influx", power, business or social status. People do not mind listening to the "inferior" way of life that you think.

In the second part of this series in three parts, we will see what to say and how to say it when you travel abroad: "Mind Your Manners When Traveling: The religion is taboo, politics are out."

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