The beauty of travelling is that you can visit a place with totally different environment, culture, and other aspects. Instead of feeling discouraged or intimidated, you can totally enjoy the experience. However, there are things you need to consider when visiting a place with different culture. You need to be culturally sensitive not only to respect their culture but also to keep yourself safe. You can still experience as much as of a place while being culturally sensitive. It won’t reduce the fun. In fact, you may find your trip to be very meaningful.
How to enjoy visiting a place with totally different culture
Travel to a culture totally different from yours can give you a whiplash. You may experience culture shock or you may find yourself being so open-minded regardless, it is important to be culturally sensitive during your visit. And here are how you can do it:
Try to blend in more with your surrounding. This will make you feel less singled out during your visit. In fact, it is better to not draw attention to you. By blending in, you get to enjoy more of your surroundings rather than being looked at. You can do some research first about the place prior your visit so you know the basic of their culture, rules, customs, or tradition. It is recommended to look less like a tourist.
Facing different culture may cause a reaction not only to you but also the locals. However, it is important to keep your speech to the minimum when you have no knowledge about the local culture. Avoid giving unnecessary comments that potentially offend the locals. Even if their culture is the opposite from what you believe, do not make an argument. You may end up in awkward situation otherwise.
As mentioned earlier that it’s best to do your own research about the place before visit to know the local culture and customs including the way to dress. it is always best to dress modestly. Even if you don’t really know about the local culture, dressing modestly won’t put you in trouble. Avoid clothing with slogan, symbols, or messages that can cause misunderstanding.
Always stay alert of your surrounding even if you think you have done thorough research prior your visit. You may have to rely more on your instinct especially when you have many barriers and limitations such as language and cultural knowledge about the place. Always be wary of drugs and alcohol. Avoid getting intoxicated in unknown place because it may lead you o trouble.
Avoid unruly behavior regardless how friendly the locals are towards you. Always follow the rules and laws of the locals. Don’t see it as restriction but see it as way to show your respect. Keep your behaviors moderate no matter where you go. Stay respectful with your behavior and word choice to avoid getting into trouble. Always take appropriate precautions before you go so you can experience as much as of the place while being culturally sensitive.