Ara que s’acosten ponts i festes grosses, molts aprofitem per fer escapades fora de les nostres fronteres. Pero, sabem realment fer el turista? Tot s’hi val quan som fo
ra de casa, en llocs on la llengua, la cultura i la societat són diferents de les nostres? El New York Times donava fa pocs dies aquests consells:
- Learn a few of the most common words or phrases. “Hello,” “excuse me,” “thank you” and “goodbye” are common courtesies that you should learn and use in the local language. Even if you mispronounce the words, it’s the gesture that counts.
- Watch your body language. Customs vary widely, but how and whether you point or beckon can potentially offend, and in the Muslim world the left hand is reserved for bathroom hygiene. Some societies keep eyes downcast as a sign of respect, especially with elders, making a direct gaze feel awkward to tour guides. Do your homework ahead of time about such things before visiting a country or culturally distinct region for the first time.
- Dress appropriately for the society or site you are visiting. If you are unsure, do a little research beforehand, taking cues from the way the locals dress. In many places, women would do well to carry a large scarf to cover the head or shoulders, if necessary — particularly in sites of religious significance.
- Be a considerate photographer. Don’t monopolize the best vantage points, or cause the tour to fall behind schedule as you play the intrepid photographer. And limit use of selfie sticks, which can be particularly annoying.
- Leave a “little something.” Even in countries where tipping is not part of the culture as many workers, especially in tourist-heavy areas, count on it.