Mouthing off: tourists' obligations

When travelling, are we responsible to make an effort to understand the culture of the country we are visiting?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

When travelling, are we responsible to make an effort to understand the culture of the country we are visiting?

“You should know what you’re getting into so as not to be ignorant of their customs. There is a responsibility to know about the other culture to a point. At the very least people should be aware of the basics.”
"Jerome James
Mechanical Engineering III

“Respect is key, but there’s a fine line between keeping your identity and properly experiencing another culture. I think it’s important to know what you’re getting into and know the laws. For example, in Singapore you can get into trouble for being drunk or chewing gum on the street.”
"Elena Spanu
Music IV

“It’s of key importance to have respect for the other culture. Different cultures have different customs or etiquette that tourists should be aware of to avoid being offensive.”
"Christina Macleish
Social Science I

“There is definitely a responsibility to a degree, but at the same time, tourists bring a lot of money into foreign economies, so it’s only a responsibility to a point.”
"Jaime Hale
Social Science I

“On the majority of resorts it’s really difficult to get to know the culture, so it’s hard to feel obligated to learn about the culture.”
"Puneet Greywall
BMOS I

“It’s definitely important to understand how to act in another country. I had friends that went to Cuba, didn’t respect the culture and almost got into big trouble because of it.”
"Ryan Hay
BMOS III

“Here we expect people to show respect for us. We should do the same.”
"Jessie Huysmans
Health Sciences IV

“On a resort people are paying for a visit. It’s not really representative of the country; instead it’s more of a cash grab so, in that case, I don’t think there’s any kind of moral responsibility to know the culture.”
"Tarak Saha
BMOS I

“From personal experience, I’d say it’s really nice to know the language of the country you’re visiting " if not completely, at least a sense of it.”
"Charlotte Burns
Music IV

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