There are different ways to be a good tourist. A lot of travel blogs focus on blending in and etiquette, both excellent endeavors. Learning some phrases in the target language and having an understanding of how to tip, or what sort of body language or dress is expected in public, are essential tasks to look into ahead of time.
There is a lot of emphasis on blending in and acting like a local, which is great, but it is important to remember cultures and places are living, breathing and changing. As a tourist, it is essential to get in the mindset of being a guest. A country and its people host you while you are within their borders. No amount of research can take away this reality.
The guest mindset can open you up to cultural exchange in a way that even attempting to live like a local cannot. Ask questions, observe, be mindful of your differences and enjoy all of the new experiences without any expectation of successfully achieving a goal.
With this in mind, taking care of the host country’s environment is also essential. Travel produces a lot of waste, whether it is in the form of take-out cups or travel products. Make an effort to drink coffees in cafés and to sit down at eateries or eat at people’s homes to reduce this kind of waste. Slow down the travel process, put your phone down and open yourself up to the people around you.
Reads is the perfect subscription service for book worms or anyone aspiring to read more. The company partners with people in fields including science and the arts to share titles from their personal libraries with subscribers. The service aims to feel like you’re receiving books from a well-read friend.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Nowruz, the Iranian and Persian New Year, is an annual celebration on March 21st that marks both the beginning of spring and the rebirth and renewal of the year for Iran. It has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years and is the official first day of the Iranian calendar year. As such, you can imagine it prompts quite the celebration.