Leaving home and setting out for a journey often leads you to all kinds of adventure and misadventures. Learn how to handle anything that travel might throw your way with these travel etiquette tips: Be straightforward Sometimes traveling leads us to tense situations – maybe your airplane seat mate is being too nosy and talkative, […]
November 13, 2019
Leaving home and setting out for a journey often leads you to all kinds of adventure and misadventures. Learn how to handle anything that travel might throw your way with these travel etiquette tips:
Sometimes traveling leads us to tense situations – maybe your airplane seat mate is being too nosy and talkative, or your cab driver is insisting to take you to a shop where he gets a commission. Control the situation by standing up for yourself and being straightforward and firm. Remember to stay nice and to avoid aggravating the person, so you don’t get into an unfortunate argument, or worse, a screaming match.
Mind personal space
Be a considerate traveler and be mindful of personal space. Don’t be that person who hogs the armrest or the overhead bin, the traveler who reclines her seat too much, or the businessman who takes a phone call with a loud voice. Avoid engaging in any type of grooming, such as clipping your nails or brushing your hair, especially when in flight or in a public space. Be sensitive enough to acknowledge that, while this trip is yours in all its intents and purposes, you still need to be considerate of the other travelers you encounter along the way.
Set a good example
Sometimes it’s all about rising above and setting a good example for other travelers to follow. Head to the proper queue and never be that person asking another traveler if she can cut in. Dress up respectfully but comfortably, not just when boarding a flight or when you want to impress a travel fling, but most especially in places of worship like temples or churches. Avoid taking phone calls in public spaces and remember to speak quietly if it’s an important one that you need to take.
Avoid being the stress instigator
Airports are already a tense place to begin with, so don’t add fuel to fire by being an inconvenience to other travelers. Be ready for the security line by taking out anything that will go off like the coins in your jeans pocket, your multi-layered necklace or your leather belt. Unlace your shoes before you get to the front of the line so you can just take them off and quickly put them through the screener. Be aware of what your actions set in motion.
Research beforehand the local culture so you don’t offend the locals. Be sensitive of the customs or traditions, like covering up one’s shoulders when visiting a temple, whether to tip or not to tip, or even how to properly address a new friend. Avoid talking about issues that involve politics or religion, as your personal opinion might be unwelcome or ill-advised. Remember to keep your distance and to ask permission before shooting a photo of a stranger, whether through words or acknowledging them with a smile or a nod. When in doubt, remember the travel quote: “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.”