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Know Before You Go: Dubai, Monte Carlo and Italy
  • Posted Apr 23, 2013
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While watching any movie where people travel abroad, you will most likely witness a travel faux paus being committed by a main character. Whether it’s acting like an obnoxious American or failing to show up in the right outfit, Hollywood has covered it all. But you might be surprised at how often tourists fall victim to these Hollywood cliches. No one really expects their vacation to be anything less than stellar, but the right outfit in the wrong city could do just that. Preparation is key, in life, and on vacation. Get to know the local customs before you go so you aren’t caught off guard when you get there. Just to get you started, here are a few key things you should be aware of in order to be the perfect travel companion.

When in Dubai

…. and other conservative countries. Dress modestly, even when it’s 100 degrees and even at the beach. Recently, a few beaches have even started fining tourists for wearing bikinis on the beach. While you are on vacation, it’s important to not only be aware of the local traditions, but to also respect them. Because religion is directly tied to the law of the land, business hours are much different in Dubai than other locales. All businesses are closed on Fridays, the official day of rest, and hours are broken up throughout the day for a rest period. During the month of Ramadan, there are many restrictions on businesses. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and eating, drinking and smoking in public areas between certain time periods is strictly prohibited.  Loud music and dancing are prohibited during this period, as well, meaning most of the entertainment during this month will occur after dark.

So You Want to Go to Monte Carlo

Did you know that the only way to get to Monte Carlo is via train, yacht or helicopter? There are no airports in Monaco, so you can either fly into the South of France and ride, fly or swim in. It’s one of the most beautiful, but also the most expensive places in the world to visit. In Monaco, the native language is French, but most people can also speak English and Italian. Many world-class sporting events take place in Monte Carlo, including the Monaco Grand Prix which takes place in the streets of Monte Carlo. If you’ve ever been to Vegas, think of Monte Carlo as its classy older sister, dripping with lush and nestled on the coast of the Mediterranean.

Charm the Italians

Rude customers are likely to be refused service in public restaurants, cafes or shops in general in Italy. Always acknowledge the people you encounter, whether you are being served in a cafe or looking through a shop. Italians get offended if you don’t acknowledge them, and may even mistrust you or become suspicious if you fail to do so. So shoot them a  “Buongiorno” or “Buona sera” just to be safe. Also, don’t handle the merchandise. You touch it, you buy it. So be mindful and respectful of Italian property.

What are the biggest travel blunders you have committed? 

Do you have any other advice for those traveling to one of these destinations? 

6 Responses to “Know Before You Go: Dubai, Monte Carlo and Italy”

  1. AngelaMT says:

    All personalities and perspectives are welcome on this blog, while personal attacks and name calling are not. It’s inevitable that there will be disagreements, but let’s handle it as mature adults with class to keep the dialog constructive and respectful. Please refer to the “Blog Etiquette” section for more details. Now comment away and let’s enjoy the blog!

  2. Gaby says:

    I would love to go to Dubai. Despite their religion strict rules or laws, Dubai is a pretty modern place and interesting city to visit. Is in the top of my bucket list.

  3. Rani says:

    Hi
    I have never heard that you coud not wear bikini on the beach in Dubai. I have been there 3 times and it was never any problem. In the malls short skirts and sleeves are accepted.

  4. Jen says:

    It’s technically illegal to go to Dubai with a non-relative male. Sure, perhaps they will turn their heads the other way, and perhaps they won’t. Why take the risk.

  5. Kim says:

    I liked Dubai, India

  6. Ameen says:

    This is heights …Dubai is the most beautiful multi cultured country .
    It accepts every human being from all races and religion,zero discrimination !

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