Some of the most fascinating and beautiful places in the world are the least modernized and developed. Traveling to a developing country can be a challenging task. This is true, even for the most seasoned backpacker.
When Travelling to Developing Countries
Check on Cultural Differences
The best place to start is to do research on the country that you are planning to go. Try to educate yourself on the cultural differences that you will have to face. Most developing countries have some degree of political or economic unrest. Being aware of this beforehand will allow you to plan accordingly.
Having a little background knowledge about the people and the culture is always helpful. There might be some conservative practices that you will have to strictly adhere to. Alternatively, you should also keep in mind the basic rule of thumb of being a guest as you travel in a foreign land – always be polite. For example, in Japan, before accepting a gift, there’s always an expectation that someone will refuse to pay for something. Certain countries have different ways of greetings and you should be aware of the appropriate customs.