I ran across this excellent article by Rick Steves on not being an Ugly American tourist. The ideas, of course, apply to someone from any country traveling or living abroad. Within its paragraphs is some really good advice for expats, whether full-time or part-time. His insights can help us avoid being #uglyexpats.
Here are some of my take-aways:
“Travel more like Gandhi – with simple clothes, open eyes, and an uncluttered mind.”
“By developing a knack for connecting with people and their culture, we become temporary locals – approaching a new country on its level, accepting and enjoying its unique ways of life.”
“When I’m in Europe, I strive to become what I call a “cultural chameleon” – a temporary European.”
“Find ways to really be in the place you came to see. If you can think positively, travel smartly, adpat well, and connect with the culture, you’ll banish the ugly and have a truly beautiful trip.”
Read this excellent article in full here:
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