How to Be a Good Traveller

Getting the best holiday deals and visiting other countries frequently doesn’t make you a good traveller. A traveller? Definitely, yes. A good traveler? Well, that’s a big maybe. A good traveller is not about how many places you’ve been, how willing you are to try out exotic meals, or how daring you are to defy your limits.

It’s about how you handle yourself in a foreign land. It’s about your relationship with locals. It’s about exercising good manners and right conduct as a visitor. Check out the pointers below so you can have your own good journey.

Don’t act as if you know everything.

Sure, you did a lot of research. But you’d be surprised that what you’ve learned through your research of the destination may actually be very different in actuality. For instance, your government may have issued a travel warning to tourists who are planning to visit a certain destination due to violent protests. But if you actually go there, you’d be happy to know that those protests are confined to a single city. The rest of the country is quite peaceful.

Ask locals for assistance.

The kind taxi driver, the humble bellhop, and even the jolly old fellow tending his streetside stall are your guides. Do not rely wholly on tour guide. Yes, he may know something about the place but not all; it is his job anyway. The locals, on the other hand, have lived their lives every day. That lowly farmer, for instance, knows more about the mountain you are about to climb than your own guide; he tends to his goats there every day anyway. That taxi driver knows lots of excellent but cheap restaurants not listed in your guide book; he drives local diners to these establishments every day.

Take care of those who help you.

The room service maid has faithfully cleaned your sheets and made your bed. The waiter in the in-house restaurant always made sure that your order is promptly served, still steaming in all its freshness. The tour guide whom you hired has tried his best to keep you mesmerized at the sights. Reward these important, and often under-appreciated folks, with a few bucks and a thank-you note. Get their names and write letters of commendations to their employers, stating that you are extremely satisfied of their service.

Invite your servers.

For example, after your city tour, the guide drops you off your hotel. Instead of heading straight to your hotel room, invite your guide for dinner or coffee. He will surely appreciate it and will tell his friends and colleagues how great a client you are.

Agree to offers and invitations.

You know it’s important to be safe, and part of that is not to go anywhere with strangers if you’re invited to go with them to dinner. But if you feel that the person you met is genuine, then by all means, go. Remember that people want to be ambassadors of their area, and they will enjoy telling you stories, tips, and other useful information about their locale.

So visit (or any other travel website), arrange a trip, and enjoy your holiday. But don’t forget to put your best foot forward.