Did you know that finishing everything on your plate in China is considered to be bad manners, as it is interpreted as the host has not provided enough food. On the other hand, in Korea, finishing all the food that you have on your plate in a Buddhist Temple buffet is a must. It is indeed fascinating to learn about local customs and rituals, especially as we travel from one new destination to another. But there are some travel etiquettes which should be followed by everyone irrespective of their countries.
Read on to learn a few travel etiquettes before your next trip:
#12 Switch Off Your Phone When Required
Switch it off! Not just in airplanes but at religious places, in seminars or conferences, when someone is speaking. Smart phones are addictive and it is hard to let it go, but do remember you shouldn’t be looking at your phone if someone is speaking to you. Traveling or not, this is so rude!
#11 Don’t Break The Queue
Queues are formed to bring in some discipline, please don’t break the queue to save time. This happens especially at flight boarding lines. Make sure you keep some space between the person standing in front of you. Pushing, not providing enough personal space are considered bad manners is most countries. Always remember even young children know how to stand in a queue and not to break it, if you don’t, you simply haven’t grown up!
#10 Offer Your Seat To Those Who Need It Most
Most travelers prefer to be seated while waiting, whether waiting for your flight, train, bus or even food. If there is enough space for all, it is fine, if not, please give up your seat to those who need it most. Look for seniors, mothers with young kids on lap, pregnant woman or physically challenged. In case you didn’t know, standing is a very good exercise and calories are lost when standing for a long time.
#9 Give Way, Don’t Block
Do not block others, make sure you are not standing in someone’s way. Many people get so lost in their own doings that they seem to stand in others’ way, some more do it because they don’t care about others. Please do not be in either of this groups.
#8 Don’t Let The Kids Irritate Other Travelers
Traveling with kids can be fun unless the kids are well-mannered and obedient. Sounds like a paradox? Well, I have seen however active your kid is, they tend to be better behaved outside home. So before your sojourn begins, tell them what is expected of them and how you want them to behave. Running around the resort pool, while the other guests try to relax or running on the aisle in flight during sleep time is totally not acceptable.
#7 Incline Your Seat After Checking With The Person Behind
With increasing number of air travelers, flights are trying to squeeze in as many passengers as possible, reducing the space between seats. The crampiness quotient increases when the traveler in front inclines the seat. Hence, it is only good manners to make sure that the person behind you, have had his dinner and ask if it is alright if you incline your seat. If you have a kid, make sure he is not kicking the seat in front of you. Trust me, even the most hardened travelers hate this.
#6 Keep The Noise Level Low
Wherever you are, whether traveling, in a hotel room, inside a museum, or on a wildlife safari, keep the noise level low so that your co-travelers are not disturbed. In flights, turn down the volume if playing video games. At hotels, if you arrive late at night or have to leave early, do not shut doors noisily, or put on music or TV loudly.
#5 Food Etiquette
What seems abominable to you, might be very delicious to another. Hence have respect for food in another country. Even if you dislike it, don’t make it obvious to hurt the sentiments of locals. And, if you are a seasoned traveler who loves exploring then go for it! Taste everything, so that one day you can brag to your grandchildren!
#4 Passengers Sitting In The Front Alight First
It is a simple thing and everybody knows it, when in a flight. Yet the moment the air hostess announces you can unbuckle, the rush to reach the front door is hilarious! Come on, it is not like the plane is going to leave for its next destination anytime soon?
#3 Wait For Your Turn At The Baggage Carousel
Sigh! If only everyone would step back and wait for their bags then everybody can get their own stuff peacefully, but we seem to hurry to the baggage carousel to take up the best possible position and jostle each other. And, after all this we call ourselves adults!
#2 Say Hello, Smile A Little
The person who is sitting right beside you, who will be travelling with you for the next 16 hours, deserves a smile and a hello. If he is amiable then the journey can be so pleasant. Not just your co-passenger, make sure to say hello to the front desk manager, housekeeping staff, flight steward, chauffeur. Be friendly and win hearts, when you need a favor, they will be more than willing.
#1 Accept Local Customs, Be A World Traveler
Finally, respect local customs, be very particular about not hurting sentiments. Dress appropriately in temples or religious places in South East Asia. Open shoes where it is necessary, learn a few local words/phrases if they speak a different language and be courteous. Always remember your body language gives away a lot!