Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customs and behaviours. Some people disagree; they think the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss the two views and give your opinion.

Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customs and
behaviours. Some people disagree; they think the host country should welcome cultural
differences. Discuss the two views and give your opinion.


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]Today, with the passage of time each and every country is on the path of development, and
with this development there is a growing trend of visiting different places in different
countries. It is a highly debated issue whether tourists should do and behave as the people
of the host country or should the host country accept visitors as they are. Both situations
have their own pros and cons which I shall discuss in this essay.

There are many benefits of adopting host countries customs. Firstly, it decreases chances of
misunderstanding and embarrassment. For e.g. in the UK it is offensive to ask about pay to
anyone, which is common in India. Secondly, a nation’s customs and traditions are
fascinating and offer a deep insight into that country. People visit other countries to
broaden their horizon. So, if tourists copy the customs of host country, they learn more
about them and that too in an interesting way. Finally, visitors establish a rapport with local
people because people feel respected when their customs are understood and imitated.
They become a member of the host country and so they don’t suffer any culture shock.

On the other hand there are many reasons why a host country should tolerate and embrace
foreign culture. To begin with, no country should cling to its own customs and traditions and
accept the new customs and traditions brought by visitors. Secondly, there should be no
binding on the visitors to adopt the customs and traditions of the hosts. For example, if the
visitors are pure vegetarians, they should not be forced to eat non-vegetarian food just
because the host country’s people eat that.

On balance, I feel that someone who is moving to another country should respect the
customs, culture, traditions etc. of that country. This is necessary because a newcomer is
like a guest in someone else’s home. So he is expected to follow the rules of that country.
However, it is not reasonable to compel a believer of certain religion to ignore his religion in
order to comply with the local customs.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, mutual understanding between both the
visitor and the host is necessary to maintain harmony. A cosmopolitan society in which
everyone is tolerant of each other’s customs and traditions is the need of the day. After all,
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Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customs

Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customs

Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customs

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