Remember when you are abroad there may be a language barrier. While some hotel employees speak fluent English, many waiters, etc. have a very limited working knowledge of English. A little patience in this department can be very helpful. If a person is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he/she is a citizen of the world.
The purpose of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Our object on traveling should be not to gratify curiosity or seek mere temporary amusement, but to learn and to venerate, to improve the understanding of the heart. Faithful observance of the ‘Traveler’s Ten Commandments’ can also be very rewarding:
- Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou has left them at home, for thou has left they home to find things different.
- Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the beginning of a vacation.
- Thou shalt not let the other tourist get on they nerves, for thou art paying out good money to have a good time.
- Thou shalt knowest where thy passport is at all time; for a person without a passport is a person without a country.
- Blessed is the person who can say ‘thank you’ in any language; and it shall be worth more to him/her than tips.
- Thou shalt not worry, for he/she that worries hast no pleasure; and few things are ever fatal.
- Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by one person with whom thou hast had trouble.
- Thou shalt when in Rome do as the Romans do; and if in difficulty, thou shalt use the American common sense, friendly smile and kind disposition; and become a quick thinking fast acting American!
- Thou shalt remember thou art a guest in every land; and he/she that treateth his/her host with respect shall be treated as an honored guest.
Now, thou needs to begin plans so thou can enjoy the world around us!!