One of the most beautiful things about living in this world is that it is filled with so many amazing and varied cultures. At the end of the day that is what makes travel so interesting – experiencing something different to what we are used to.
When you travel abroad you will encounter beliefs, ideals and customs that you may never have seen or heard of before. The most important thing you can do as a responsible traveller is ensure you respect and embrace them.
For example, in Buddhist nations it is considered rude to touch someone’s head or point your feet at another person. Blowing your nose in China is the height of rudeness. A thumbs up in Australia and New Zealand is a good sign, but in Italy it means ‘get lost’. Even something as simple as how you greet another person can have all kinds of different expectations abroad.
When you’re visiting a foreign country make sure you read up on what these cultural differences and customs are, learn them and respect them. It will help make your experience, and that of the locals you are visiting, much more enjoyable.