RESPECT OTHERS CUSTOMS AND CULTURES
- Dress casually and not in a manner that may offend the locals.
- Know and obey the dress rules of the country you are visiting.
- In Muslim countries it is frowned upon for women to bare their shoulders in public. Men and women do not swim on the same beaches. Having or drinking alcohol is forbidden and alcohol cannot be purchased. The husband controls how much or little his wife's clothes must cover her body in public.
- Some Buddhist countries require your legs be covered and you remove your shoes before entering any sacred temple.
- In Thailand it is rude to touch a child on the head.
- In Barbados wearing army camouflage patterns on any clothing is banned.
- In Europe it is considered bad manners to wear a hat indoors.
- Always ask permission before taking photos of local folk. In some Indian cultures, taking a picture of a local person is believed to steal their soul. Even if you don't speak their language, just pointing at your camera, smiling, being friendly and nodding your head you will know if you are being given permission to take a photo.
- Give local children candy or a small tip for allowing you to take their picture.