7 Things American Travelers Need to Understand

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7. Don’t Make It Bad for Your Fellow Americans Following Your Path

Obnoxious. Rude. Cheap. Following behind an American with those kinds of unpleasant qualities can mean you pay the price, whether in reduced quality services and products or higher priced goods. Be polite and avoid contributing to the American bad name. This will make not only your trip more pleasant, but it just might make it better for the next visiting American.

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Doing advance research to familiarize yourself with local laws, customs and social culture can go a long way in making your overseas trip more enjoyable. Having your spending budget planned out, preparing ahead of time for currency exchange and knowing locally accepted payment methods can also keep your travel expenses is good order — all making your trip more positive.

The most important thing to keep in mind when traveling overseas, however, is to enjoy the moment, and be nice. Most people can be won over with a smile, and traveling overseas to a new place is a chance to make new connections with people and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

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