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Travelling to a Developing Country: Do’s and Don’ts


Travelling to a developing country is quite an experience, especially to those who are interested in learning other people’s culture and traditions. If you are planning to visit one of these countries, there are things that you should and should not do during your travel. Learning about these is vital to make your stay safe and enjoyable.

The Do’s

Get the required vaccines. The first thing that you want to ensure when travelling, not just in third world countries but also in any country, is your health and safety. You must get the needed vaccinations, at least two months before your travel. It’s recommended to go to a travel clinic as these clinics are more updated with the vaccinations required for each country.

Learn their language. Make an effort to know at least basic conversational words as this can make your travel more convenient. Furthermore, the locals would like you better if you could speak even a little of their dialect.

Get to know their traditions. These countries have different customs than yours. What may be common for you may not be usual for them and vice versa. To avoid doing things that may be out of norm in their culture, do your research.

The Don’ts

Give money to just anyone. Even if your intentions are good, do not give money to strangers or beggars. If you really wish to help, find a reputable charitable organization where you can send in your help.

Eat anything and anywhere. You may want to try their traditional foods. However, make sure that where you will be eating is clean. If you see lots of flies around, it’s best to find another place as this could put your health at risk.

Wear expensive items. Even if you are used to wearing jewelries or branded items, it’s best not to wear them, especially when walking around. This is to avoid attracting the attention of robbers or pickpockets.

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