If I came into your home and complained that the food was terrible, the place is not that nice and you aren’t very bright, then you would throw me out and be justified.
So why do so many people travel to another country and complain about everything. I recently witnessed a gentleman complain to his wife about everything he perceived as wrong with the city and country he was visiting. The people are lazy, the place is dirty and no one from here could possibly be as cultured and civilized as this moron. My question is “Why are you here?”
Yes when you travel to another country things are different. What a shock! Do me and everyone else a favor. If you’re going to complain about everything save yourself some money and make everyone happy. Stay at home. But for those willing to experience something different then by all means dive right in. Now I will be the first to admit that I might be a little picky when it comes to certain foods. I am not Andrew Zimmern. That guy puts things in his mouth that I wouldn’t touch. But a little adventure goes a long way. In fact one of the things I like most about traveling is experiencing new things and different cultures.
So here are a few guidelines:
1.You’re not in Kansas anymore.
After all you wanted to travel and see new things. If you want to feel at home then stay home.
2. Be polite.
Most people like tourists that are polite. Just because they are waiting on you or checking you in at the hotel doesn’t make you better than them. A little courtesy goes a long way.
3.Don’t be that guy or gal
Don’t get loud, falling down drunk or just plain stupid. You’re not that funny.
4. Talk to people.
Yeah I know, strange concept. Some of the best conversations I have had were with taxi drivers, people I met in a restaurant or while waiting in line for something.
5.Not everyone speaks English
Don’t get mad when they don’t understand you. You want to make sure you’re understood, learn the language.
6.Explore a little
Get off the beaten path. Take the side street and you might find that great shop or restaurant. Of course don’t do it at 2am when you’re drunk, not only could it be dangerous, well…see #3.
7.It’s not all hot dogs and hamburgers
If you eat something you don’t like, don’t spit it out and yell “disgusting”. Pull your big boy pants up drink something to shake off the taste and move on. After all I am sure you eat things others would call disgusting. No? Think about it.
8. Do more than visit a place, experience it
Take the time to learn a little about the culture, language, food, habits. Not only will it make your stay more enjoyable but it helps in really interacting with your country’s hosts. You just might come away with that great story to bore everyone for years to come.
9 Keep the blood pressure down
If the train doesn’t come on time, the waiter takes a little longer than you’re used to or the power goes out, which happens a lot in some countries, then so what. You’re on vacation, relax it will be okay.
10. Don’t complain and whine
Don’t keep saying “the trouble with this place is….…” chances are the trouble is you. So if your hear yourself saying that go back to #1 and re read the list.
What are your comments or is there something that really ticks you off? Let me hear about it.