When people visit other countries they often find the customs of dressing and behavior are different than in their home country. Should visitors adopt the customs of the country they visit or should they follow the customs of their own country?
Many people wonder what to do when they visit other countries. Some people think it is best for them to adopt the local customs. However, other people think it is best to follow the customs of their own countries. This is not an easy question to answer but in this essay we will look at this issue.
Some things that visitors may do are immoral or even illegal according to the customs of the local country. For example, in certain countries it is considered bad to show affection in public like men and women kissing or holding hands. It may also be very bad for women to wear revealing clothing such as a short skirt or see-through blouse. In these countries it may also be illegal to drink alcohol.
Adopting to the local customs can show respect. Wearing a suit and tie can show respect if that is what the people of the country wear at a meeting or formal event. Men will take their hat off or women will cover their heads to show respect when entering a ‘holy’ place.
However, people in many countries understand if their visitors don’t follow their local customs or practices. They know their customs may be strange or difficult for foreign visitors to follow. They know foreigners may unknowingly break some of their rules. These people are understanding and forgiving.
As we can see, there are many aspects to this question. I feel that visitors should follow the customs of the country if it shows respect to the local people or is required by law.