Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behavior. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Step 1: Read the question
Compare / contrast Opinion
Topic: culture, travel
Step 2: Underline key words
Visitor = guest, tourist, sightseer, traveller
Country = nation, region, area, place
Follow = obey, comply with, abide by, conform to,
Local (adj.) = indigenous
Local (n.) = resident, inhabitant, citizen, native
Custom = tradition, convention, norm, way
Behavior = conduct, way, etiquette
Welcome = greet, accept, appreciate
Cultural = national, social, ethnic, racial, traditional,
Difference = dissimilarity, distinction, unlikeness, variety
Step 3: Get Ideas
Should follow local customs and behavior
1. Avoid inconveniences and conflicts
2. Better appreciate local cultural heritage
3. Travel cost can be reduced
Should welcome cultural differences
1. Tourism is a manifestation of the human desire for variety and exploration
2. Hard for all tourists
3. Visitors’ habits should be respected
Step 4: Decide Layout
This essay will discuss both sides, so I will use the 3773 layout.
Step 5: Write!
Nowadays, millions of people travel to other countries for sightseeing. Some people feel that sightseers should learn the indigenous cultures before an international travel. However, many people argue that tourists, as consumers, have a right to do what they want. This essay will examine some of the arguments for and against letting tourists to obey local conventions.
It is necessary for tourists to comply with local norms and behavior to some degree. Firstly, this helps visitors avoid many inconveniences and conflicts during their trip abroad. For instance, Asian tourists would be spared the embarrassment of upsetting their servers if they follow the custom of tipping in an American restaurant. Likewise, western travellers may avoid being highly obtrusive if they main calm and solemn in an Asian place of worship. Secondly, efforts to adopt local conventions allow foreign sightseers to better appreciate the indigenous cultural heritage. Accordingly, they can identify with local rites, rituals, folklores and even handicrafts. Finally, travel cost can be reduced. Visitors would easily obtained help from residents, if they had learned local customs.
Nonetheless, cultural differences between tourists and local inhabitants should be preserved to some extent. Firstly, tourism is a manifestation of the human desire for variety and exploration. Generally, visitors want to experience an exotic culture that differs from their own. If all the cultural differences were eliminated, how much pressure and excitement we would lose? Furthermore, the practicality of having all the tourists adopt the local norms and etiquettes is questionable. Not all tourists would be willing to turn an expensive transnational trip intended for pleasure into a cultural lesson that requires hard work to learn. Lastly, visitors’ habits should be respected. It would be demanding for foreigners to alter their behavior patterns in a short period.
In conclusion, for visitors, leaning some basic culture of the destination bring about a more convenient, stimulating and less expensive travel. Nevertheless, it is unrealistic to let all the travellers to obey all the norms and behavior.
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