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Visiting faraway places is a reminder of just how much of what we do every day can be influenced by our environment. As an example, as a North American, would you ever think twice about pointing the bottom of your feet toward someone? Of course not.

But in Egypt this is a sign of disrespect and hugely offensive.

An important part of mindful living and travel is paying attention to local customs and cultural norms. I believe it is the obligation of the traveller to know what the major do’s and don'ts are, and to do their best to respect them.

I was ashamed to see so many female “tourists” in Egypt wearing short shorts and spaghetti strap tank tops. What are they thinking? I imagine they are not thinking at all.

Another thing to keep in mind when travelling is language. No one expects you to be an expert in the native tongue, but please and thank you mean a lot. Smiles are always welcome and sign language goes a long way to breaking down barriers.

Remember, you can easily offend without even knowing it. So before you venture on your next exotic adventure, take some time to familiarize yourself with the faux pas…so you don’t commit them. 

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