Useful travel tips!!!
November 2, 2007
Hello, before I start this, my second post, I would like to introduce myself. I write about travel here at Yesterday’s salad, so feel free to contact me with any and all travel questions such as, “what is the hip gay area in Sydney?” But also, “is it rude to blow my nose in Mongolia?” (you’ll be shot!).
There is never any reason to be rude, even to this man. Miss Manners says, and I agree, that rudeness in is not an opportunity to “tell someone how it is”, but to exhibit self respect and dignity. That means you can only laugh once you are out of ear shot.
And though this man displays little concern for societal rules or cleanliness, he is right in that it is important never to be cross anyone off your conversation list. By talking to as many people as possible when travelling you can learn all sorts of interesting things. For example, naif that I was and didn’t know, cab drivers hang those dangly things from their mirrors in order to take the passenger’s eye off the road.
By being friendly and leaving your attitude at passport control you are also likely to find good insider tips on where to go, like “all the prostitutes on the street go to this salon.” However! Safety is most important so don’t put good manners above your sense of security. Who are you travelling with? Your older brother, who has lived in the area for years and is a security guard and/or professional athlete. Where did you grow up? All over, but most of your childhood was spent in Rio/Bogota/Detroit. What is your last name? Montoya/West/Penn.
Lastly, don’t hug too many strangers, you’ll get your watch stolen. Enjoy and happy travels!