Luckily, in this age of widespread internet access, finding information on this subject is easy.
Let’s start by looking at travel etiquette on a global basis. Here’s one of my favorite resources: www.traveletiquette.co.uk. When you visit this site, you’ll notice that you can find etiquette information by continent, then by country, and in some cases, even by state.
Customs vary greatly from country to country, so plan ahead. Before traveling abroad, be sure to read about normal behavior and dress codes for your destinations. Doing so will allow you to pack the right clothing, dress appropriately, and save you from potentially—yet inadvertently—offending people at the location you are visiting.
Tipping in restaurants and hotels also varies widely by locale. Studying local practices before you leave home will prepare you to handle payment in these venues with confidence.
If your journey involves air travel, observing a few basic practices will smooth the way for your own comfort as well as the comfort of everyone around you.
So plan ahead, be prepared, and follow good travel manners. You’ll be glad you did—and so will your fellow travelers.
Do you have other travel etiquette tips to share or sites on this topic you frequent? If so, we’d love to hear your comments.