One of the many privileges of travel is appreciating people and culture when travelling beyond your borders. Embracing different cultures while travelling allows for cultural awareness and acceptance. When discovering new places, some destinations may present a culture shock when you are less prepared. While others add new skills and opportunities to learn more about yourself.
The key to feel comfortable in a foreign environment is to learn about the people and culture before travelling to your destination. You engage in a country’s culture in small ways as well as in big ones, and being aware of these customs and beliefs helps. Knowledge helps you to breakdown cultural barriers and become more respectful of people when interacting with them. It is more than being tolerant or understanding the differences, but rather being inclusive and adopting an all-round appreciation of beliefs and values.
For example, it is important to know about the social restrictions involving religion of a country, the way of life in an Asian or South American communities, what is regarded as disrespectful and whether a simple gesture such as tipping is acceptable.
To empower your travels and to learn a little about the world we live in, here are some articles on people and culture in various destinations to add to a culturally immersive experience.
People and Culture of Japan
When visiting a Shinto shrine, you may wish to observe the etiquette that goes with the culture in Japan. The 5 etiquette to observe at a Shinto shrine in this article is designed as a guide for when you visit Japan.
Shinto means “the way of the Gods” and it is Japan’s indigenous spirituality. An optimistic faith, the Shinto principles can be seen throughout the Japanese culture. It is a way of life. To find out more on Shintoism in Japan, I have selected a few books that provides a good degree of information.
People and Culture of Italy