Knowing how to overcome cultural differences is an incredible skill. But, you may often have experiences where you just don’t connect with locals while traveling. Perhaps they seem too forward in wanting to hang out with you, or they use a word that doesn’t imply exactly what they mean when talking to you, regardless of the language!
If you have ever been surprised at the behavior of others while traveling, you’re not alone! Learning and navigating cultural differences while traveling is like learning the grammar of a new language. Even though you can learn all these rules and exceptions, it’s incredibly fluid and nuanced! It’s hard to really understand all these nuances unless you’re a long-term resident or academic.