3 Ways to Embrace Other Cultures

Travelling and learning about different cultures is an invaluable experience. There are so many traditions and historical facts to learn about. Through traveling to new places you will find that many cultures live completely different lifestyles to your own.

You may read about a new country before you visit, however once you arrive and experience it in person, it can still feel like a culture shock. So, how do you go about embracing a new culture?
Here are 3 tips that can help…

  1. Before you take your trip try to do as much research as possible about your destination, the history and the culture. You can do this by reading books, watching documentaries or using online resources. The more you know before leaving, the easier it will be to adjust to your new surroundings.
  2. When you arrive it is important to try and connect with local people. This will not only benefit you when it comes to finding your way around, or knowing the best places to eat, but it will also help to give you a real insight into their way of life. Try to communicate in their native language where possible. You don’t have to be fluent, but it is beneficial to learn a few key words and useful sentences, such as hello and thank you.
  3. Travelling to far away destinations can be a real culture shock. You will see the good and the bad, the rich and the poor. However, don’t be afraid to embrace this and explore all lifestyles. New people, new places and new experiences should be seen as exciting learning experiences, and areas of poverty can create perfect volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to become more involved in the community, whilst doing something rewarding. It can also help you to develop a new appreciation for the luxuries you have at home.
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