While you’re still in your 20s, why not take the time to travel? Go to places you haven’t been to before!
But traveling to a foreign country can be tough, especially if you’re not familiar with the specific customs or traditions of the country you’re visiting.
As responsible tourists, we must do a bit of research before we enter the countries that we want to visit.
To make it easier, we’ve compiled 10 do’s and don’ts when traveling to a foreign country.
1. Don’t Be Rude
One golden rule when going to places you’re not familiar with is not to be rude to anyone. Travelling enables you to meet people of different faces and races.
Being kind and considerate is the best thing you can be when dealing with the locals.
2. Do Show Respect
The best way to earn respect is to give respect to others as well.This is true to countries that put high regard to their customs and beliefs. In this manner, as tourists, we can only show our solidarity by respecting what they believe in.
3. Do Experience New Food
One thing you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re in an entirely new country is the food. Fill your palate with delectable and exotic cuisine you’ve never tasted before.
Don’t forget to experience the total gastronomic feel by eating like a local.
4. Don’t Do Something Unlawful
The worst thing that could happen when you’re on a vacation is to spend it inside prison.
Don’t steal, do drugs, solicit prostitutes, or do anything unlawful. The best way to enjoy your stay is to keep yourself away from trouble.
5. Do Try Learning Basic Phrases
It’s good to learn new languages because it helps you get along well with the new environment. Start with simple greetings which will help you get along with the locals.
Learning new things, like how they communicate, is one way of experiencing their culture.
Are they bowing their heads or shaking their hands? Take note of their gestures as well.
6. Do Bring Your Passport (and other important documents)
One thing that should always prepare before you travel are your identity documents.
Always and I mean, ALWAYS bring your main ID with you – your passport. Being in a foreign country automatically puts you at risk in aspects like identity and security.
Some countries inhibit the number of foreigner visits due to human trafficking and smuggling.
So, always make sure you’ve got the right documents with you, including your itinerary, in case local police or customs asks you for it.
7. Don’t Get Lost
When you’re traveling in a foreign country, it’s easy to get lost if you’re not familiar with the area and it might take some time to get used to all the walking and the transportation.
Just to be safe, you can ask the front desk at the place you’re staying at if they have a map of the area so you definitely won’t be lost.
What matters is that you have a starting point and an endpoint. You don’t want to go around in circles for hours just because you couldn’t find your way back to your hotel room, right?
8. Do Become A Local For A Time
The best thing you can do is to mingle and to join activities like a local. Trying something new and out of your comfort zone fulfills much of your thirst for adrenaline and adventure.
Have some fun but always have a limit. If you can’t do it, don’t force yourself. Always keep safe. You want to make sure you’re still in one piece by the end of your trip.
9. Do Organize Your Stuff
If you don’t want to go around losing things while walking or taking public transportation, you better secure your things in their proper compartments.
Keep your most used things, like your wallet or your phone closer with you. Secure your bag with a lock if you’re not sure about where you’ll be going. Tourist-heavy places like markets and souvenir shops are places prone to pickpockets.
10. Don’t Stop There
Don’t limit yourself in enjoying what traveling could offer. It’s okay to make mistakes along the way. Learning is vital for anyone who wants to continue this hobby, what matters is the memories you’ve collected, always remember the best things in life are not things.