Regardless of whether you are a frequent traveler or a once in a blue moon traveler, it’s important to maintain some level of respect for the places you are going and the people who surround you. Traveling is a great opportunity to experience new people, places, and things, but make sure you do it properly! Here are a few etiquette tips to help you on your adventures.
Tensions always seem to run high as soon as you step foot in the airport. Don’t let the hustle and bustle get to you. Be friendly to staff and don’t blame them for something that is out of their control. Be respectful of other people. Here are some simple examples: only take up one chair in the terminal to allow others to sit down; if you have headphones in, be mindful of how loud you have the sound; when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and immediately apply hand sanitizer; if you nap on the plane, make sure all of your body parts stay in your seat area. Proper etiquette goes a long way when you are surrounded by so many people in the airport or on the plane.
Respect the culture
Traveling abroad requires some research on your part. Is there a dress code where you are going? What is the proper greeting when you meet someone new? Is tipping expected or considered offensive? Are there rules to how you are supposed to eat or drink? Make sure you know the answers to these questions before you travel. Keep complaints to a minimum unless you are in the privacy of your room and can ensure no one else will hear.
Learn the language
When your travels take you to destinations of different language, do some studying to prepare. You don’t need to become proficient in the language by any means, but simple phrases will show you are trying. Hello, goodbye, please, and thank you are a great start. If you have mastered those, you can try my name is, I do not understand, or I would like. To avoid insult, do not speak the language if you are unsure or uncomfortable.
Using proper etiquette when traveling isn’t rocket science. If you are polite, friendly, and do some research on your destination, you shouldn’t have any problems. Call AurTravel at 402-891-6909 and we’ll get started planning your next adventure!
Brooke Koehler joined C&A Industries in January 2014 and works as a Senior Marketing Specialist in the corporate marketing department. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Northwest Missouri State University. In her free time, Brooke enjoys planning her upcoming wedding, completing projects on her new home, and spending time with her fiancé, Jack, and their two fur babies, Trixie and Pearl.