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Learn as much as possible about the country you are visiting - the religion and culture, the local rules and values.
Learn some language and do not be afraid to use it.
Learn what is appropriate behavior and body language.
Support locally owned businesses, hotels, restaurants, and other services.
Shop from traditional artisans and for locally made products, helping keep traditional crafts alive. Bargaining is the way in many places. Keep it light and remember that 10 cents to you may be a bowl of food for the vendor.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. Covered thighs and shoulders is the norm in many countries. Dress modestly at religious sites and find out what is considered suitable swim wear.
Always ask first before photographing or videoing people. If possible, send back copies of photos to help make it a two-way exchange.
Be wary of giving gifts or money to beggars, children, and people you have just met. Supporting the community through a local school, clinic, or development project may be more constructive.
Leave only footprints…take care of the environment as you would your home.
"Saving face” is an important concept in many countries. Try not to raise your voice, embarrass someone, or display anger.
After returning home, think of how you can support programs and organizations that are working to protect the welfare, culture, and environment where you have had the opportunity to visit.
Smile - The traveler who wishes to have a happy and successful trip should keep as calm, cheerfu,l and friendly as humanly possible.