Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW Day 4: Respect!

Happy Day 4 of National Etiquette Week: Be a Citizen Diplomat! We’ve already talked about getting a passport, learning a language, and the fundamental importance of traveling itself…Today, we’re going to talk about…


We encourage you to research your travel destination before you hop on that plane or boat. However, you may not be able to know every custom, etiquette rule, or accepted manners in another country, and that’s OK.

What IS absolutely essential is the respect, curiosity, engagement, and thirst for learning that you bring with you when you travel. Kindness, friendliness, and being interested in others will help transcend any etiquette mistakes or confusion in cultural differences.

So, instead of loudness, self-centeredness, not listening  or watching…we suggest you aim for quiet observance, a willingness to learn from others, and respect. It’s the difference of communicating negative versus positive standards—it’s you being a good citizen diplomat!

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