Don't travel without reading these!
Traveling the world is one of the greatest experiences in life: Seeing how foreign cultures live and the wonders within their countries is something that everyone should do. Of course, you should always be informed as to the do’s and don’ts of other cultures as well. We’ve comprised the following suggestions of tips and tricks to not make you stick out like a sore thumb in Europe and beyond. Who knows, it might even save your life!
DON’T: Assume Everyone Speaks English
Imagine you’re standing in line at your local coffee shop and someone walks up to you sputtering all kinds of words in a language you don’t understand. Pretty uncomfortable, right? That’s what it’s like for people in other countries when people just assume everyone speaks English when they don’t. At least attempt at the native tongue if you can, it’ll be more appreciated even if the person you’re talking to does in fact speak English.
DO: Carry Various Forms of Payment
It might not be a good idea to walk around with a ton of cash, but at least be prepared to handle transactions with local currency, some USD, and your credit card/debit card. Stay flexible for whatever comes your way!
DO: Recognize not everyone is as informal as us
Unlike in America, many countries consider informal greetings like “buddy” or “dude” a sign of disrespect. Depending on where you’re traveling, be sure to read up on what is customarily accepted as a greeting. Even in places like Japan, people who have known each other for over 20 years still refer to each other as Mr. or “Sir”.