Travel- an aspect that can be daunting to even the most experienced of travelers. One question that will arise for most before they leave is: what is going to go wrong? There is always something that could go wrong but though the issues are major at the time they are not the end of the world. If you go with a mindset that you are going to go with the flow instead of freaking out because its not being done the western way you are more likely to enjoy your travels. You are going there to interact with another culture so things are going to be done in the way they know how, learn to accept it. If you laugh at the mistakes instead of dwelling on them and freaking out you will have a better time while traveling. It is another country which you may never go to again, so don’t let the little things get you down.
Another point I would like to state is that tensions are high. We are in a foreign country so everyone is going to be under a certain amount of cultural pressure. The people you are in class with now are the people you are going to be traveling with; they know what you are going through because they are going through the same thing. Learn to trust them because they will most likely turn out to be your ‘security blanket’ while traveling. Due to the cultural pressure and the stress that people are under they are bound to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, if this happens don’t write them off. Give them a second chance, even a third and fourth if need be. But along with this, you have to talk to the person so that they know what they did wrong; what it is that has made you mad at them. Oftentimes they have no idea why you are mad at them so you have to TELL them.
Now this may sound like a lecture, but that is not my intention. I am in the same boat, I am basing this off of past travel experiences and observances I have already made about the class that will be traveling together. This is going to be a hard trip at times but don’t dwell on the difficult aspects of it, think about the times you laughed. Think about the good times.