“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” This famous quote by St. Augustine has inspired many travelers to pack their bags and set out to explore the world. What this quote does not explain, is the culture shock one is likely to confront, especially when travelling to very different cultures and places, such as Asia.
No doubt – Asia is a capturing continent – it can be endlessly discovered. Yet it can be also shocking, frightening, or confusing for somebody who is not familiar with the culture and customs of Asian countries. Asians do not only differ in traditions and values but also in their daily habits such as eating or waiting in line. To avoid culture shock or misunderstandings it is crucial to do some research before you start your trip. Because if you just get on the plane without knowing anything, troubling experiences are bound to happen. So it is best to familiarize yourself first with the country you will be visiting.
How do people eat? What is considered rude? What are absolute no-gos? Also, find out what is typical. If you know that Thai food is spicy and Indian dishes greasy and sugar-sweet, you will be prepared before you burst out in sweat and tears. If you have a sensitive stomach, find out where you can eat light food. Typically, in big hotels you will find a choice of international dishes. It might be a good idea to accustom your stomach slowly to the new flavors and spices. As diverse Asia is, as confusing is the multitude of languages. Luckily, the language barrier can be crossed by English – which most have adapted as their second language so it is easier for to communicate with locals.
Comments are closed.