Saturday, July 18, 2009

Getting Over Culture Shock

Travelling should be a joyful experience. Whatever the reason for your travel is, be it for business or pleasure purposes, it’s always best to make the most out of your trip. Though most people tend to travel to relax, there are some who experience culture shock. Culture shock is defined as getting anxious, confused, and disoriented from being in a new environment or surroundings.

China tours and Europe tours, though enjoyable, may become stressful if we do not know what to expect. There are ways to overcome culture shock. The following are some helpful tips on getting over culture shock.
  1. Research your destination. Visiting other countries entails meeting new people and experiencing cultures that are different from your own. For example, if you’re going on a China tour, Eastern cultures are entirely unlike from us. Get an idea on what to expect and how to possibly deal with culture differences.
  2. A good sense of humor is a great defense against culture shock. Because you are out of your comfort zone, it’s easy to make mistakes. Laugh it off and people around you will certainly do the same, driving away the tension and awkwardness of the situation.
  3. Keep a diary. Visiting tourist destinations, scenic spots or historical monuments helps de-stress and gives you a feeling of culture. Writing about these experiences your reactions to them can help you assess your emotions. Likewise, looking back at these entries can make you laugh someday.
  4. Think positive. New experiences always bring about new knowledge and learning. Focus on the brighter side and think about the best things about your vacation or travel. Meeting the locals, dining on exotic cuisines, and touring fascinating sites are a few of the memories one should never forget.


  1. Will be going to China,then Thailand mid-March, any suggestions on what to pack (44 lb limit) 1 suitcase - l female?

  2. Our travel info page is a great resource for everything you need to know before you travel, including average temperatures throughout Asia. Knowing what to pack really depends on where exactly in China you are going. Beijing averages 40F, Shanghai 47F, so I'd recommend a light jacket and a heavier one, as well as long pants, warmer clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Thailand is generally warm and humid, and March is the end of the cool season for Bangkok, but the beginning of the warm season. Temperatures in Bangkok around March average around 70-85F, so I would pack lighter clothing, a light jacket, and a swimsuit. I went to Thailand around March a few years ago and got away with shorts, tanks, flip flops and a light jacket for night time.

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