Are you a good traveler?

As you prepare for your travels, ask yourself this question...


A good traveler is

v  Internationally oriented and curious about a new culture and its people; eager to discover the world, learn as much as possible, and determined to make the most of each experience every day.

v  Adventurous and interested in meeting new people, trying new foods, seeing new places and doing new things. A good traveler does not expect things in other places to be like it is at home.

v  Flexible and able to adjust to the unexpected, such as last minute changes in plans, delays, poor weather, different people, different money, new ideas and customs. Change is part of the adventure!

v  Ambitious & motivated to work hard to earn funding for this big adventure.

v  Conscientious in studying the orientation materials and study units in order to be well prepared, willing to use foreign language skills, and eager to learn more before, during, and after the tour.

v  Independent and able to be away for a few weeks from home, family, and friends without feeling lonely, insecure or depressed. A good traveler does not call home and feel miserable because s/he isn’t there or because there is not immediate access to friends and family.

v  Social and interested in making new friends. A moody ‘party pooper’ does not make a good traveler. A SHY person must remember that the language commitment and host family obligations do not allow her/him to remain silent, S/he must make the extra effort to be communicative.

v  Even-tempered: A good traveler controls negative emotions and works very hard to get along. S/he works to prevent problems rather than to cause them.

v  Receptive: A good traveler is open to others, tolerant, understanding, and caring. S/he is not judgmental, petty or mean-spirited. S/he includes others in the group and appreciates each person’s unique qualities. A good traveler doesn’t expect everyone else to be just like her/him.

v  Group Oriented: A good traveler thinks in terms of ‘we’ instead of ‘me, lndividual behavior (positive or negative) affects the entire group, and all should behave thoughtfully and maturely.

v  Mature enough to make responsible personal decisions. Responsible and careful not to lose track of passports, money or other possessions. Good travelers watch out for each other!

v  Appreciative, especially of a host family’s hospitality and generosity to have a guest in their home. A good traveler also appreciates the tremendous efforts others have made and continue to make on her/his behalf.

Adapted from materials shared by Marge Engebretson and Dave Liebforth, Language & Friendship, Inc., LG: Handouts

The 10 Commandments for Ambassadors

1. One shall not expect things to be as they are at home for you have left home to find different things.

2. One shall not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the beginning of a joyful experience.

3. One shall not let one’s fellow travelers get on one’s nerves, for you are traveling to enjoy yourself.

4. One shall take only half the clothing one thinks one needs, and twice the money.

5. Know at all times where your passport is, for without it, you are a person without a country.

6. Remember that if one were meant to stay in one place, you would have been created with roots.

7. One shall not worry, for one who worrieth has no pleasure, for few things are really fatal.

8. When in Rome, one shall be prepared to do somewhat as the Romans do. If in difficulty, one shalt use common sense.

9. One shall not judge the people of a community by the one person who has given you trouble,

10. Remember, you are a guest in other lands, and one who treats a host with respect and gratitude shall be treated as an honored guest.

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