Before you decide to leave a comfort zone of your home and start a new journey anywhere on this planet, take into consideration these:
Get some basic info before setting off to trip
Before going to the other country learn a little bit about local customs and tradition. Try to find out about basic rules (what is a sign of disrespect), customs, tradition, culture. You don’t have to spend days and nights studying the culture and history of a country you plan to visit, since the best way for studying it is to immerse yourself into it, but at least learn basic things about what food to eat, what expressions/greetings are welcome, what clothes or lack of it is considered disrespectful, etc.
Learn to be patient
Maybe you are coming from a country where deadlines, schedules, time is important but keep in mind that not everywhere on this planet time has the same meaning. There are places where time is more ‘rubber time’ than relevant thing. So if something takes longer than you expected, if the bus is late, or the immigration officer needs long to put a stamp in your passport, if the ATM is out of money, relax! Life is short to be angry and annoyed all the time!
Hang out with locals
If you want to learn more about the country, its customs and tradition, the best way to do that is to hang out with locals. Most of them are more than happy to show foreigners their tradition, rituals and they will be more than happy to take you to the marriage/funeral/birthday ceremonies and even lend you a traditional costume which you are supposed to wear during these ceremonies.
Don’t be afraid
Forget about media hassle and open your mind. Be careful but don’t let it be the focus of your whole trip. Most people are friendly, generous and ready to help and if you keep that in mind and maintain a positive attitude there is a great chance that you will enjoy your trip and meet nice people.
I have rarely seen someone ignore a stranger who smiles. If someone smiles to you and say ‘hello’ I am almost certain that you will do the same. So do it! Smile to locals, other foreigners, say ‘hello’, interact, learn local greetings and use them! Trust me, a smile opens many doors and hearts!
Learn to be open-minded and respectful
Don’t judge the others if they are different from you. No matter how strange their lifestyle, opinion, behaviour seem to you, try to walk in their shoes and understand their culture, tradition and lifestyle. Forget prejudices, stubbornness and try to understand, respect, sympathize with someone else’s story, opinion and attitude. Discover the beauty and power of keeping an open mind. It will make your trip much easier and interesting!