Travel Tip: Find out more about the culture of the country you plan to visit

laptop writing hubspotSome countries may have cultures similar to the one we grew up in, but others might have important differences and when travelling, these specific elements might make the difference between having a good time or having troubles.

You know, when I was in college studying marketing and public relations, one of the courses we had was on international protocol. We learned a lot about different requirements in various occasions, depending on a country’s culture and its traditions. At another course, focused on communication, we learned about the differences between the interpersonal communication styles in various countries. In some countries the personal space is a lot smaller than in other ones, thus in negotiations or simple interactions some might feel pressured when their interlocutor is standing too close. They might perceive that as intimidation or a way of privacy invasion, but it might just be a behaviour due to this difference in communication and culture.

And yes, I only provided two examples, but it really goes a whole lot deeper: from the way you have to behave in spiritual places (churches, mosques, pilgrimage places, etc.) to the way women have to dress or the way women are treated in various countries.

While searching for these specific cultural elements of a country you might also discover things that will puzzle you or that will surprise you in a good way. In the end, you actually learn a lot about that specific place you are about to visit and discover.

Studying a country’s culture, especially when it is very different than your own, allows you to be prepared for the way locals will behave and to know some customs, and that is really important as you are not taken by surprise in various situations and you can avoid embarrassing moments and even potential problems.

See also  Why I love to travel by car

We enrich our knowledge, we get to know a place better, we get to be prepared, we get to know what aspects we want to explore in depth while getting to a city/country, all by finding out more about a that place. As I mentioned in a previous post, I thing a traveller’s number one rule is to document himself, to some research on the place he is about to visit. This documentation involves a lot of aspects, but the cultural differences are really a must not miss point of such a research!


I’m offering public relations, communications and image counseling in everyday life and I have a PR agency – PRwave INTERNATIONAL. I am passionate about reading, blogging (I also have a blog in Romanian) and traveling. Follow me on Twitter - @violetaloredana (Romanian) and @TravelMoments.

6 thoughts on “Travel Tip: Find out more about the culture of the country you plan to visit

  • 24 April, 2014 at 07:43

    732709 605700Your blog has the same post as another author but i like your better.~:;

  • 24 April, 2014 at 12:51

    79640 300688It is difficult to acquire knowledgeable individuals about this subject, and you sound like what happens you are speaking about! Thanks 341614

  • 27 April, 2014 at 14:47

    71165 759355Some times its a discomfort inside the ass to read what weblog owners wrote but this web site is actually user pleasant! . 790393

  • 3 May, 2014 at 18:18

    They also needs to be capable to answer the questions you have in what could be the top area for you personally to obtain a property in,
    at the same time as any and questions you
    may have about pricing Buy Justin Timberlake Tickets some people discover it tough to payoff loan when they attended
    away from their emergency and make an effort to extend their repayment date

  • Pingback: Trackback

  • Pingback: matt

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial