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Visiting a new country can be extremely overwhelming and if you are not prepared for the type of culture you might come in contact with, it can be even harder to adjust. The temperature and weather may be extreme, the people may be overly friendly or rude, the food may be something that you have never heard of, and the streets may seem like a completely different world. When an individual travels another region in the world, there are bound to be several cultural differences which can cause a traveler to experience ‘culture shock’. All travelers experience some form of culture shock but here are a few tips to make sure it is a mild case while you are away!

1. Research your destination.

Before you go, researching the culture of your destination is the best way to prepare yourself. Many guides and websites are available to teach travelers how to behave while visiting including dining etiquette, what clothing is acceptable to wear, social rules, basic language, and any other aspects of everyday life.

2. Be friendly, but stay aware.

Once you have arrived at your destination it is a good idea to try and befriend the people you meet along the way such as hotel staff members and tour guides so that you can go to them for any questions you may have along the way. Also be sure to take notice of how other people are interacting with each other, which can help you mirror the type of social interaction that is accepted and practiced.

3. Take care of yourself.

When it comes down to it, traveling is stressful and experiencing culture shock is its own type of stress. It can put a strain on you both mentally and physically. If you experience any feelings of sadness, confusion, or loneliness, it could be that you are just taking a longer amount of time to adjust to such drastic changes. If you are feeling too stressed, make sure to talk with your travel companion, and if you don’t have one try calling a family member or friend back home to talk with! Be patient – some people take more time than another to get acclimated!

Do you have any tips to help reduce the chance of major culture shock? Let us know below!

 

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