Cultural integration is the most important differentiator between being on the ground and reading about a place.
Being well versed in the local laws and customs for your country of travel is essential. Along with the U.S. Department of State’s country-specific information, the resources below can provide complementary overviews.
- Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- LGBTI International Travel Resource (check link in January)
- Read about your host culture before arriving so you can engage with locals on various topics.
- Immerse yourself in your country’s culture. Observe the locals, get involved with your university and meet students from your host country.
- Share your own culture; locals will be curious to hear about your home country.
Respect Your Host Country
- Learn the language, even if it's only a "hello" and "thank you" in your host country's language.
- Learn the history to understand the country more deeply.
- Try local food and converse with locals.
- Watch and learn.
This video was created by a Notre Dame student for her senior project on sustainable traveling.