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Representing Your Country Abroad

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When you visit another country on holiday, it is easy to kick into holiday mode and relax into what you consider to be down time. And there is nothing wrong with that, but it is important to remember that you are a guest in another country – and therefore you should always endeavor to behave in a way which does not transgress on the tranquility of the host nation.

There is some argument as to what constitutes transgression. Some countries have a policy which discourages open acts of affection in public places – to the point where it is unacceptable to kiss another person on the lips in public. This may seem extreme to some – but the fact of the matter is that if it’s the policy there, it is one you must follow.

In another case, there may be a problem with people on holiday in another country who feel that getting drunk and causing a disturbance is acceptable – because they are on holiday, after all. However, there is a completely understandable feeling that by doing this you disrespect the place where you are on holiday, and make people who live there feel threatened.

The major issue with this is that when you go on holiday, you are not just there as yourself, you truly are representing your home country. If you fall through a glass window while intoxicated on the local wine, you aren’t just some idiot who fell through a window, you are a drunken [insert nationality here]. This contributes to local people’s view of your home country, and those who travel there after you will have to deal with this impression.

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