Previously we featured an article about the advice that your parents told you which doesn’t really apply when you travel around the world. However, there are also some examples of parental advice which are very appropriate for travelers.
Here are a few of the things that your mom and dad told you which you should keep in mind while you are exploring foreign lands:
Eat Your Vegetables
The days have long past since your parents made you finish all of your broccoli before you could go and play. However, just because you are by yourself on the other side of the world and no one is there to tell you not to eat MacDonald’s for lunch every day, doesn’t mean that you should.
When you travel around the world it can be very tempting to let your health slide and start indulging yourself in junk food and excessive drink. Travel is hard on the body so you need to keep yourself healthy. If you abuse your health too much you will feel gross and sluggish and have no energy to enjoy your travel adventure. Also, you will be embarrassed to show off your travel photos because of that newly emerging double chin and beer gut.
Keep the junk to a minimum and try to eat as many healthy meals as possible which include vegetables, fruit, grains and lean protein. Get your exercise, get lots of sleep and treat your body well.
Just Try It Once, You Might Like It
Your parents used to use this line to get you to try anything you were hesitant about from turnips to tofu. They knew that your aversion to something new was probably just because it was unfamiliar.
When you travel around the world, you will come across unfamiliar things every day, from new foods to foreign drinks to different cultural activities. This is part of the adventure of traveling, so even if you are not sure about whether you will like something be sure to try it anyway.
You might discover on your trip to Scotland that Haggis is actually more delicious than it sounds, or find out while you are visiting Newfoundland that deep fried cod tongues go really well with a cold pint of the local lager. The same goes for any sort of new experience while you travel around the world, including riding an elephant in Thailand, bungy jumping in New Zealand, dancing the tango in Argentina, or taking a traditional sauna in Finland. Even if you are not sure that you will like it, go ahead and give it a try!
Use Your Inside Voice
Remember when you used to get reprimanded as a child for shouting loudly indoors? It’s still a good idea to remember to keep your voice down when you travel around the world.
There are many reasons for this. You don’t want to be the obnoxious tourist who encounters a local person that doesn’t speak English and thinks that his request will be understood if he only speaks loudly enough. This doesn’t actually work and will make the other person feel insulted and make you look like a jerk.
Also, remember that in some locations thieves and pickpockets will be looking for foreign tourists. Speaking loudly and obnoxiously in your own language or accent will single you out as an obvious target.
Another reason is that in other cultures such as in parts of Asia, it is considered rude and threatening to speak loudly in public. Keeping your voice down is a way of showing respect to others.
These are just a few things that your parents told you which you should remember while you travel around the world. If you can think of any other examples of parental advice that applies to travel, please share in the comments below!©Global Goose