Over the years I’ve seen, heard and smelt some pretty dreadful ‘tourists’ that can make me want to crawl under a rock until they are gone. Folks, if you’re travelling overseas, particularly in a country where you don’t understand the language and the culture – curb your idiosyncrasies and try to blend in.
An example would be in Burma where I spotted a couple at a monastery where it was clearly stated to cover up. But no, they wore cut off denim shorts and a tank top for her and long slung shorts with a muscle shirt for him. This blatant disregard was cringe worthy and despite a discreet comment by their guide, they laughed it off and continued into the monastery as if the local customs didn’t apply to them. Yowsers!
Now I’m not here to be the Proper Police but there are a few steps you can take to travel without looking like a dick and be respectful to the people in that country. Remember, you are representing your country – an unofficial ambassador so make a good impression. (more…)