Appreciate and understand – International travel tip

Americans are notorious for not understanding foreign cultures that come to our country. We sometimes use tacky and thoughtless phrases — such as, “Speak English!” — or we question foreign cultures’ parenting practices. However, after doing this, we venture to foreign cultures and expect everyone to conform to our ways and language.

Before leaving home for your trip, grab a book about that country’s culture and practices. You won’t be an expert, of course — and the locals don’t expect you to be.

However, demonstrating that you respect and admire their culture goes a long way to getting along with the locals. I’ve found in most countries I’ve visited — even ones that “Don’t like Americans” — people would love to talk to you as long as you come across as appreciative and understanding.