One of the best things NATLUXMAG love about travel is the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures. We think of the world as a colorful landscape made up of different languages, skin colors, and cultures.
The goal is to instill the importance of developing an appreciation for different cultures because we believe it inspires and helps all people become well-rounded adults.
A great way to develop this appreciation is through study and travel, sometimes we are not aware of how our personal culture influences our behavior in countless ways subconsciously guiding our actions, reactions and interactions. The more we understand how our culture impacts our judgments and the world around us the better we will communicate during our travels.
For example, certain cultures communicate directly, no beating around the bush, they get right to the point, minus the fluff. Other cultures take a more indirect path when communicating. Not to mention each culture has its own set of gestures including hand movements, head nods/shakes, facial expressions, etc. Many cultures have gestures that look similar but mean different things.
In the USA the thumbs up signal means “good job” or “yes/O.K.” As is the understanding in most countries, but in Iran it can mean “up yours” or the ever so the popular “O.K.” hand signal used by Americans means “go screw yourself” in Brazil.
When it comes to surviving long flights, bring items that will make you as comfortable as possible i.e. loose travel clothes, easy slip off shoes, socks, a good neck pillow, eye masks, earplugs, noise-canceling headphones, etc. As I note above, your total carry-on haul should be limited.
Another important bit of information is to remember while traveling, you are subject to the local laws even if you are a U.S. Citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own and it is very important to know what's legal and what's not. If you break local laws while abroad, your U.S. passport won't help you avoid arrest or prosecution, and the U.S. Embassy cannot get you out of jail.
The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program. Now let’s talk about money, remember to notify your bank before your departure that you’ll be using your card abroad. In addition, in an emergency situation you can contact the nearest U.S. Embassy. With a little thoughtful planning you will have a wonderful life changing experience!