Viral videos of misbehaving Indian tourists highlights need for travel etiquette

Viral videos of misbehaving Indian tourists highlights need for travel etiquette

Viral videos of misbehaving Indian tourists highlights need for travel etiquette

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New videos of Indians misbehaving during travels have surfaced, prompting discussions on how to maintain decorum abroad.

June 29, 2024

New videos of Indians misbehaving abroad have emerged on X. These videos once again spotlight the need for travel etiquette. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, the basic tenet of traditional Indian hospitality, emphasizes treating guests like gods. Unfortunately, some Indians travelling abroad seem to have developed a god-complex, resulting in unruly behaviour that leaves many cringing with second-hand embarrassment.

Whether it’s the ingrained ‘jugaad’ mentality or a misplaced sense of entitlement, these travellers often refuse to adhere to local norms. Many are always clinging instead to familiar habits from home. 

This behaviour not only tarnishes the reputation of Indians abroad but also reinforces negative stereotypes. Many foreign nationals, as well as fellow Indian travellers, find themselves frustrated by the boisterous actions of their countryfolk.

Recently, X was abuzz with viral videos of an Indian party causing chaos during a safari in Kenya. A woman shared footage of men and women littering and touching animals, imploring Indians to be more civil and mindful of their behaviour. Another user recounted witnessing an Indian man bickering with a cashier in Singapore, while a different person recalled an Indian tourist raising objections to the decor at a Mughlai restaurant in Germany.

To help maintain basic civility while travelling abroad, here are five essential etiquettes to follow:

1. Respect Local Norms and Customs: Familiarize yourself with and adhere to the cultural norms and practices of the country you are visiting.

2. Maintain Cleanliness: Dispose of litter appropriately and keep your surroundings clean. Don’t go around with aloo bhujia in your bag and share it with your family while you are sightseeing. It creates an awful lot of mess with the crumbs dropping everywhere, showing immense disrespect to the people around. 

3. Be Polite and Patient: Treat service staff and locals with respect, and practice patience in public spaces.

4. Follow Rules and Regulations: Abide by the rules set by local authorities and establishments, whether it’s a wildlife reserve or a historical site.

5. Avoid Loud and Disruptive Behavior: Keep noise levels down and be mindful of others’ comfort and privacy.

6. Don’t expect Indian food everywhere: This is an erroneous expectation that every restaurant or hotel will have Indian food. Indian food is not universal. No matter how homesick you are, open your palate to the local flavours. 

By adhering to these guidelines, Indian travellers can help foster a positive image. Enjoy your journeys while respecting the destinations you visit.