– Understanding Cultural Norms –
Do a little research for the countries you plan to visit and read up on the do’s and dont’s. Some countries are very conservative and you need to dress appropriately ESPECIALLY in places like temples. Check to see if tipping is expected or not in that country, a lot of Asia it isn’t.
One of the biggest differences you might experience is the whole bathroom situation. Yes, it’s a situation. With the exception of Japan, Asia has some seriously rough potty situations haha. We’re talking a hole in the ground, here’s a bucket to wash your ass with cause there’s no toilet paper situations. It’s fine, I’m fine, you’ll be fine. Just get your squat game strong and never go anywhere without toilet paper in your purse or backpack! I also suggest bringing a little bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag too. Next is street food. Just try it. It’s sooo good. It might look a little sketchy sometimes but I’ve gotten sick twice while in Asia and both times were from eating at nice, sit down restaurants. So eat the local street food, save yourself money, and get a more authentic experience.