International Fashion Tips
If the whole world traveled, we’d never have wars. But, all young travelers take heed: The rest of the world does not think we are expressing our freedoms by under dressing when we visit their modest city or village. When you dress according to local standards, you will be treated with dignity and welcomed to every village along the way.
Be a good guest. If you want to photograph color at the mercado or a beautiful child, respectfully ask permission. Show them the result, and then say “thank you.” And of course, a small token of your gratitude is always good diplomacy, perhaps a small purchase or a coin.
We do not want to Americanize everywhere we go. It seems audacious to plant a Starbucks in the ancient Incan empire where coffee was served to kings for millennia. And this yoga class was posted in Cusco for English readers. I find it the epitome of not being present.
Participate! Fashion for international travel is based on blending in, not standing out! Dress appropriately, be polite, stimulate the local economy, purchase local arts, eat locally. When you travel as a participant rather than an observer, you’ll get to know the country in a much richer light. Safe travels!