When arriving at a new travel destination, many times, what can happen is a cultural shock. And many times, certain things might seem unlogical, strange, or even rude if you don’t know the place’s tradition, culture, and behaviours. It also goes the other way around, as every nation has its own customs. A responsible tourist should respect the local way of life, customs, traditions and religion. You are a guest in the country, which will, however, welcome you with open arms. But in some places, tradition is still strong, so it is never bad to observe society’s values and moral principles and get to know the culture better. One of the most precious things when travelling is getting an insight into the unknown culture. Here are some things that will make you understand Gambian way of life better.
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Before he became a travel journalist in 1996, Oliver Gaebe studied tourism, geography and did his studies in a german hotel school. Over the past years, he visited and lived in many countries and added rich experiences to his knowledge in the field. That makes him an expert in recognising and resolving the issues that appear in different countries’ hospitality field.
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