Getting the most from your holiday is easy if you are prepared to make a little bit of an effort. In some parts of the world, it is important to know what the local customs are so that you can avoid inadvertently offending someone.
Learn the language
You don’t have to learn the whole of the language. A few phrases will be enough to help you to get by in shops and restaurants. The locals will be impressed that you are making the effort to converse with them in their own language and will make the effort to help you to learn a little more.
Go off the beaten track
Spending a little time exploring the local area will give you a better idea of local life and culture than if you stick to the tourist areas. Some places attract so many British and American tourists that they have bars and restaurants that cater specifically for them and plenty of tourists never venture beyond them. If you do, then you get to meet the locals and see parts of the area that you would otherwise miss.