Traveling to another country can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. This is especially true if it’s your first time or you don’t know anyone from the place. The best thing to do to keep yourself from getting homesick or being scared is to fit in like a local. How?
Take the time to learn their language.
Before you fly to your destination, take the time to learn their language. This will not only make it easier to talk to locals, but will also give you more luck when it comes to haggling with vendors. It also helps to learn how to speak their slang, as this is what will be used by many people. Just be careful with using vulgar or derogatory words. While in another country, make it a point to speak to locals, who will be more than eager to practice their English with you.
Eat their food.
Remember: to refuse an offer is an insult. So, if a local invites you to try their native dishes, be grateful and accept the offer. But be sure to do a bit of research on the ingredients used in their food, so you can better prepare yourself. This is especially true if you’re going to try street food.
Wear appropriate clothes.
This is especially true for countries with strict dress codes, like Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. By following their rules in clothing, it’s showing respect for their culture. So, do an initial research online to know what’s appropriate to wear and what’s not in every country you travel to.
Enjoy their pastimes.
Each country has their own form of pastimes. To fit in, do what locals do for fun. You can befriend some people and have them invite you to join them. Whether it’s riding a rickshaw or playing in the mud, trying these activities will not only make you fit in, but will also make you feel at home and meet new people.
It’s in doing all these that you make beautiful memories of each of your trip.
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