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Appreciate the difference: travelling requires open-mindedness and tolerance. “Foreign” and “different" does not equal "bad".

  • If impressions give rise to fear, you feel unable to cope with a situation or find fault with everything, you probably suffer from culture shock. Stay serene.

  • Be curious and open-minded. Accept the differences and appreciate them. Be respectful towards locals and meet them on an equal footing. They are neither "exotic" nor "primitive".

  • You will have more intensive experiences and thus benefit more if you focus on a particular region. Don't try to "tick off" whole countries or even continents. Less is more – you're on holiday, after all!

  • Re-discover the term "to have plenty of time". Punctuality is a different concept in different cultures. Patience is a virtue – almost everywhere.
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