One of the best parts of traveling is that it gives the person a chance to explore different parts of the world and meet new people. It is a great way to enhance your knowledge about the countries and get well acquainted with its cultural and traditional influences. Traveling can surely be a great experience if you know how to make the most of it. As fun and positive as traveling may sound, it can easily turn out to be an unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful from your end. When visiting a different country or even a part of the country, there are always some unwritten rules and customs that every traveler has to go with not only to be respectful towards the country and its natives but also for the sake of your safety. As long as you know what things to expect and what to avoid, there’s nothing that can make your traveling experience an unpleasant one.
If you are planning to visit this beautiful country, “The Philippines” anytime soon, then it would we wise if you go through this list of the do’s and don’ts that are worth taking note of to make your trip to the Philippines a memorable one.
All the people residing in the country take respect and courtesy very seriously. They value their culture, hence, it’s deep-rooted within the residents of the country and likes to pay their regards and respect to elders and strangers. You can address people with ma’am and sir if you are meeting them for the first time. You can also use some familial terms/words like Kuya or ate- meaning brother and sister, or you can use tito and tita, meaning uncle and aunty. Also, don’t forget to include the word po, which means thank you, and it indicates respect, so using them more often will surely win you many warm smiles.
Don’t be flashy
The last thing you would want to experience on your trip is losing your belongings, including cash, jewelry, and any other expensive gadget. You should always lay low to keep yourself away from the eyes of predators in the form of pickpockets, scammers, and thieves. These people are always in search of tourists with flashy items, so you should strictly avoid wearing or carrying anything that can attract attention. Don’t carry too much cash and carry such expensive pieces only in the environment that you consider to be safe and not on the streets.
Do interact with the locals
Filipinos are very friendly by nature, and they love to entertain all their guests. They are very lively, happy, and have a very bright and contagious energy that can easily make you feel more welcomed in the country. They are very well known for their excellent hospitality, and that’s what lends to their friendly nature. While walking through the streets, if you are ever greeted with a smile, then don’t forget to give one back, which might also win you some new friends.
Don’ refuse the food
Like we said before, Filipinos are very hospitable, and they usually like to show it by always offering and presenting you with food. This is their way of making you feel welcomed and comfortable in the country. No matter, even if you are a complete stranger, they would still offer you the food that you should never refuse to eat as they went out of their way to make you feel comfortable and happy in this completely different country, so instead of refusing to eat, have the meal, and that can be just the perfect way of saying thank you. However, if you can’t really eat the food, then you can try to refuse in a gracious manner instead of saying no outright and tell them the reason that why you couldn’t have the meal.
Do go beyond the city limits
While the capital and chief city of the Philippines, manila has plenty of things to offer, including all the basic necessities and comfort, but if you get an opportunity to visit other parts of the country, then don’t miss out. The rural countryside of the Philippines has plenty of things to offer, from stunning mountainous areas to beautiful beaches. There are so many things that you can’t miss out on doing.