What not to do in foreign countries
Upon arrival at the next point of travel, we usually first of all get to know our temporary home – the hotel in which we decided to stay. To paraphrase the famous expression “Make yourself at home, but do not forget that you are in the hotel”, we dare to give some recommendations about the actions that it is better to refrain from in the hotel.
For example, this wonderful chest of all kinds of joys, located in the most prominent place – the minibar, can bring you not only a few pleasant hours with a bottle of your favorite drink, but also a lot of unpleasant emotions later – when you get paid for it. Believe me, it is better and much more economical to stroll around the neighborhood in search of a cozy wine supermarket or grocery store than to realize what a long and thorny price path Snickers went through before ending up in your room.
Also, experienced travelers advise not to lean out of the window (there could be a little eerie hotel statistics here) and not drink from hotel glasses (hello to germophobes). When choosing a hotel, do not neglect reviews and photos from real travelers. We all understand that travel brochures rarely provide insight into the real picture.
The trick with communicating with the locals is that each country has its own subtleties in this matter. We recommend that you study them before going anywhere. Here are just a few of them.
The first stop is relationships with strangers. For example, in the USA it is considered normal to lean against an outsider in public transport, but Swedes who are turned on their personal space consider this unacceptable. It is not recommended to climb out of line anywhere, it is especially dangerous to do such a maneuver in England and Scandinavian countries.
As you move on to the conversation, think carefully about which topic to choose for the conversation. In predominantly atheistic Norway, they don’t like talking about the church, the British are not usually asked about income, and New Zealanders can be deeply offended or drag you into a lengthy discussion if you start talking about rugby or The Lord of the Rings.
When you go shopping abroad, carefully study the local rules of the game. There are countries where it is customary to bargain – deliberately, loudly and enthusiastically. For example, in India and in some countries of the East, the one who did not bargain for a purchase may lose the respect of others.
Also, different nations have different attitudes towards tips. If the remuneration of waiters and service personnel in America is considered almost obligatory, then in Japan you may even be offended by the tip you left.
Going on sightseeing, we do not advise you to be tempted by the abundance of yellow cars with friendly inviting drivers and still use public transport. There are a lot of advantages: city transport is still part of the local flavor, it is also much less likely to get stuck in a traffic jam, and most importantly, helpful taxi drivers usually try to arrange a very long and very expensive tour for the guests of the country.
In addition, when making a list of attractions to visit, remember that you do not have to pay for everything. Of course, the entrance to many interesting places costs money, but at the same time, there are many of them that you can get to for free – for example, the Tiergarten in Berlin or the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. With paid ones, do not hesitate to inquire about the benefits or discounts you can get (as a traveler or student).
To save your time and devote it only to the most interesting (especially if you have arrived only for a couple of days), do not neglect the opportunity to pre-book seats or purchase tickets to the most popular points of the route. In addition, we strongly advise you not to ignore the surroundings near the main attractions – you can often find many fascinating “non-tourist places” there. And finally – don’t forget the map;)
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