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Politics of Traveling

Number one reason to travel:

Travel is true healing, it is not just a luxury.

For thousands of years travel has been used to discover new truths, cures, realities, and to make new beginnings. We see the world through our own curiosities and with open eyes like that of a child.We bring these new findings home with us as a sort of boon to share with our family and friends. Without realizing it, travel makes us responsible and caring citizens of the world. It causes us to break out of our territorial bubbles and take in accounts of all ways of life outside our own. We see differently and gain new perspectives of things taught or learned. Broadening horizon of self and branching into distant lands and cultures is not only healing, it is growth for the soul.
In as much as it expands our life experiences, sometimes the differences can alarm those who go unprepared. Depending on where you are planning to go, it could be vital to know acceptable cultural practices when visiting a foreign country.

death in cultures around the world

Here are a few tips for those who have not yet expounded on life through travel:

(tips via Google)

  1. 1

    Research the destination country. Look into the history and current governmental set-up as well as the nation’s political past. Talk to friends who have traveled in the area.

  2. Step 2

    If needed, take an intensive language course to learn some of the basics. Practice daily to build a vocabulary that will allow rudimentary communication with the locals. Remember that the locals applaud any effort to speak to them in their native language.

  3. Step 3

    Appreciate the differences. Explore different foods and preparations methods. Take every opportunity to enjoy local cuisine. Stay away from the local franchise of American fast food restaurants.

  4. Step 4

    Learn about local customs, traditions and standards of etiquette. Take cues from the locals, especially when uncertain how to behave. Observe the behavior of the general public and follow suit.

  5. Step 5

    Dress conservatively and with respect to local customs, especially when visiting religious sites. Leave “message” and logo t-shirts at home. Wear comfortable walking shoes instead of sneakers.

  6. Step 6

    Be aware of local laws regarding alcohol consumption, smoking, operating a motor vehicle, money exchange and other common behaviors. Abide the laws and expect no special treatment for ignorance of them.

    Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware of the surroundings. Understand that a few locals may make a living preying on unsuspecting tourists. Mind personal possessions, stay in well populated areas and use common sense.
  • Remember that a smile is understood around the world. Be polite and patient and appreciate the local customs, traditions and ways of doing things.
  • Above all, and this is my own tip, enjoy yourself as much as you can! sydney(Sydney, Australia)

La Portada

(La Portada, Chile)

Old Bridge Mostar( old bridge in Mostar, Herzegovina…near Bosnia)

( Moher Cliffs, Ireland)

  1. bosnae
    August 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Just to mention… Mostar is city in Bosnia and Hercegovina 🙂

    • August 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I have not had the opportunity to travel there yet and heard it was in Herzcegovina. The picture is still lovely of that area.

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