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There are many questions that travelers have when it comes to traveling. Some of these include: How messy should one’s room be? Should one tip a cab driver? Also, what’s the appropriate etiquette for kids when flying?

Although there are specific rules of civility that people can follow globally, cultural context can make a difference in how they respond to others. For instance, listening to others say can help you understand what others think.

This article will cover some of the most expected forms of travel etiquette and why you should follow these basic rules.

Respect Personal Space

Although it’s not universal, everyone likes to be treated with respect regarding personal space. In most countries, the rule is that one person should have the upper hand when using the armrests. However, in certain types of seats, such as those in the triple-row, the middle passenger has the right to use both armrests.

Learn at Least a Little About Your Destination

Since there are varying cultures in different countries, it’s essential to brush up on the local culture before traveling. For instance, in Turkey, a firm shake is considered rude. In China, people should bow slightly before greeting the oldest individuals. There are hundreds of little details to be aware of, especially when traveling internationally.

Act Like a Guest

Always treat locals as your hosts when traveling, and don’t expect them to occupy any space on the train or bus. This is their day-to-day routine, and this is not the time for you to expect them to do anything special. Doing so will allow you to make the most of your interactions, and most people are eager to help others.

Read Social Cues

It’s always nice to be friendly, and long-haul flights can sometimes lead to great conversations. However, some people enjoy being anonymous and quiet. Before you sit down, consider the other person’s perspective. If you’re trying to introduce yourself, do so politely. If you’re being dismissed by someone who opens a book or pretends to go to sleep, stop talking.

Know the Rules

Finally, it is important to understand the basic rules and laws of the area. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. If the sign says no bicycles on the promenade, the locals don’t want you to ride in it, or they might be worried about your safety. If the sign says yes to swimming in the canal, take note of the signs in the area you’re exploring, and if you’re unsure, ask. Locals shouldn’t either.