It’s summer, and as you embark on your weekend away, vacation, or epic adventure, remember you are not alone. From your doorstep to your destination and back you will encounter a world filled with fellow travelers. Pack light, drink plenty of water, and don’t forget that all common courtesies still apply.
Years ago I overheard a conversation where a young man spoke about “the bubbles we all live in.” While those bubbles have only gotten larger, our social awareness has gotten smaller. Our heads are buried in our tech, and our vision is often blurred by the thoughts rolling through our minds. Being absent is the new present.
You will find this behavior ever so prominent the more you travel. With that said, be a part of the solution, not the problem. Always be aware of your surroundings for your safety, and as a courtesy to others.
Here’s a brief checklist to keep you on the A-List:
Use your indoor voice
Say “please”, “thank you”, and “excuse me” (learn these in different languages too)
The seat back is just that, the back of someone’s seat. Do not use it as a brace (slingshot) to get out of your own seat
Tap the headrest touchscreen ever so gently, remember that too is a “headrest” for the person in front of you – no one likes their head being prodded
Chew with your mouth closed
Cough or sneeze into your elbow
Thank the TSA agents
Help the elderly to their seats and/or with their luggage
Greet your on board staff with a smile, whether by land, sea, or air
The armrest to your right is yours
Research the cultural standards of where you are visiting as they may be vastly different than where you are from
Travel is stressful, but you don’t have to add to it. Being courteous and patient are two qualities that will get you further than your terminus. Always remember it’s about the journey, not the destination.
by Nicholas Lucin