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Basic Etiquette for International Travelers

1. September 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Are you thinking of visiting a lovely lady from HotRussianBrides? International travel is fun and rewarding, but many travelers give their countries a bad name by behaving boorishly and breaching etiquette. Here are 3 simple tips to help you avoid looking like a tacky tourist and have a fun and rewarding trip.


Dress Appropriately

Different countries have different standards of dress and the key is to find a happy medium that allows you to blend in but not completely sacrifice your own sense of style. For example, Russians and Ukrainians typically dress up more than the average American so you may wish to select nicer clothing for afternoons or evenings out. There’s no need to dress exactly like a local, simply match your clothing to the environment. If you avoid dressing overly casual or wearing something silly or stereotypical (sombreros in Mexico, berets in France, a fur hat in Russia) you should be fine.


Respect Other Cultures

Though at times you may be repulsed by the food in a foreign country or annoyed by local customs, it’s important to respect other cultures. Retching at the sight of a strange dish or refusing to deviate from the customs of your home country is rude and may hurt or offend your hosts. Just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad. A great benefit to international travel is the chance to try new things, meet new people, and learn about different cultures. Take advantage of these opportunities, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.   


Learn the Language

Before traveling to another country, it helps to learn a few expressions. This is especially true for men who are hoping to connect with a Russian or Ukrainian woman. Learning even the most basic of phrases can be immensely helpful and most people will appreciate your efforts to speak the local language. No one expects you to be fluent, but if you don’t even know the words for "please" or "thank you" will have a difficult time communicating.

Don’t be an Ugly American (or Ugly Englishman/Ugly Aussie)! Gentlemen get the girl, so mind your manners, dress appropriately, respect the local culture, and learn the local language (at least a little bit).