Tuesday, December 20, 2011

4 Pieces of Unconventional Travel Wisdom From an Unconventional Guy

Tour d'Afrique 2010 riders near Sukkara pyramids
Image by Tour d'Afrique via Flickr

A guest post by my Co-worker, Miles McDonald:

With the end of the year coming I’ve made a pre-emptive New Years resolution.  I am going to better the world.  How?  By sharing some travel wisdom accrued over the last 20 years as a traveller and as Tour Guide for Tour d'Afrique.  

It pains me to part with this wisdom, but in the end the knowledge is greater than any one person and should be shared.  

On Speaking the Language:

  • If you don't understand what someone is saying to you in a foreign language, just smile and nod your head as if you do understand, and reply in your own language about whatever you think they may be saying.  Never admit that you don't understand.
On Getting Lost:
  • If you have arrived somewhere you never planned to go simply pretend that it was always your destination and act relaxed.  Never admit that you don't know where you are.
One Eating:

  •  If you are unsure of cultural norms while sitting to eat with locals, simply say you are not hungry and refuse to eat.  Never admit that you do not know the local customs.
On Meeting other Travelers:
  • If another foreigner asks you for information, pretend you are a local and that you do not understand them.  Never admit that you are a foreigner.

Some people may think there should be at least 10 tips above, and if you’re one of those people, I suggest you add your own travel tips to the list and re-post this.  

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