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Modern holiday etiquette

With the holiday season well underway, a trip abroad is on the cards for most of us. Lazy days, balmy temperatures and the relaxed pace of a break, however, can often cause us to forget our manners. Here’s what you should remember.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:39 IST

With the holiday season well underway, a trip abroad is on the cards for most of us. Lazy days, balmy temperatures and the relaxed pace of a break, however, can often cause us to forget our manners. Here’s what you should remember.

Polite flying

The stress of travel can test our behaviour even before we’ve reached our destination. Do not barge into your fellow passengers’ territory: keep elbows firmly tucked in; ease your chair gently into a reclining position to avoid a sudden invasion of the limited legroom of the passenger behind. Boisterous behaviour will alienate your fellow passengers. Be patient when it comes to disembarking and remember to thank the flight crew for their service.

Culture shock
Abiding by foreign customs while travelling is essential, so read that boring bit at the beginning of the guide book about customs and etiquette in your chosen destination.

Beach behaviour
The beach is an unusual public area where we strip down to the equivalent of our underwear. But even in such laissez-faire surroundings, behaviour should be governed by consideration for others. Don’t play music aloud.