February 19, 2018

Why It’s Important to be Culturally Educated when Travelling the World

It is a known fact that you just can’t jump on a plane and travel to your destination without some form of preparation. You’ll need to pack your clothes, know where you’re going and even download some maps of the area. Another thing that you may want to do is make sure that you are culturally educated. A lot of people think that they can pick up whatever they need along the way, and that they won’t have any problems working out how things work and even how to socialise with the locals. This is very true, and if you do already have a perspective on how things work and how the culture is then this can help you to build meaningful relationships along the way.


Be a Worldly Traveller

Anyone can get on a plane and travel to just about anywhere, but if you want to be open-minded and worldly then you have to have some level of dedication. A worldly person will care about others in a way that goes beyond wishing them well, and they accept new perspectives with the hopes of being free from any form of intolerance. A worldly traveller has the ability to become a citizen of the world and not just their own country, so if you want to take on new things and have more fun on your holiday then it’s very important that you engage with a culture rather than just knowing that they exist.

This is especially the case if you are travelling solo, and being culturally educated can really

help you with this.

Practical Experiences

When you are culturally educated, you can easily get to know people better and you can also socialise much more efficiently as well. Even just by learning certain words, how people behave and even the religion in that country can go a long way, and this is a brilliant way for you to really take advantage of everything that your destination has to offer. If you travel to the country with no idea how things work, what religion people follow and even the food that they eat then you won’t be able to absorb as much knowledge when you’re there. The history of the area is also very important, such as knowing about the ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi when travelling to the United Arab Emirates.  All in all, your experience will be focused on the outside looking in if you don’t make the effort to learn, and although you can enjoy yourself from this perspective, you won’t be absorbing the culture and amazing experiences that the destination and people have to offer.


Making Friends

As mentioned above, being culturally educated can easily help you to make more friends, but did you know that it can also help you to find your way around and they can also help you to avoid getting in trouble with any local authorities. The rules regarding the law differ from country to country, such as drinking alcohol for example. By understanding the culture of an area, you can then be much more understanding and respectful to the residents, and this can really work in your favour when you are out exploring, watching some of the local entertainment and even when trying to find out what there is to do at night.

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