What Is Traveling Culture?

Travel culture
Travel culture

Although the following list literally refers to the Third World Countries, the developing world (Asia – East), and its content may involve other destinations in most countries of the world, its original intention is not just some generalized advice that could be of practical use to people on the road, but more a kind of “code of conduct” that is while traveling, usually independent and individual travelers, rarely and unconsciously applied.

Far from being that travel regulations are prescribed; these suggestions are not listed to be blindly respected. Any remotely experienced traveler with a touch of native caution and concern about the world around him will quickly discover them on the road, and even unknowingly accept them as the most natural way for a good travel. Such traveler can use this epitome only to develop awareness of that, while others should be encouraged to start thinking seriously about their travels as an important activity which requires significant involvement so they could even more and better experience everything nice and interesting that a trip has to offer. For this purpose, as well as broadening sense of traveling culture, these rules are taken from the book by Ron O` Grady “Third World Stopover”.

  • Travel modestly, withdrawn and with a genuine desire to know more about the people from the country you are visiting.
  • Try to sympathize with other people’s feelings. Thus, your behavior will not hurt anyone. This mostly applies for taking photographs.
  • Instead of hearing and seeing, try listening and observing.
  • Do not forget that people in the country you have visited often have a different understanding of time and that their way of thinking is different from yours, but not necessarily worse.
  • Instead of immediately looking for “Paradise Beaches”, discover with new eyes how much you have enriched yourself by learning about a different lifestyle.
  • Learn about local customs and habits, people will gladly help you.
  • Instead of behaving like a typical Western person, that “knows better”, try to ask questions.
  • Do not forget that you are just one of thousands and thousands of tourists who visit the country, therefore do not expect any special privileges.
  • If the goal of your trip is to move your home, for a change, to another place, then it makes no sense spending money on such trip.
  • While shopping, remember that your “good purchase” is only possible because of low salaries received by producers.
  • Do not promise anything to your hosts which you can’t fulfill.
  • Think about your daily experiences and try to deepen your understanding of everything you have experienced. Someone said: “What enriched you might have been taken from another and violence was committed against him.”

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