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Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Whether visitors should follow local traditions of a host country has always been a topic of contention. Some imbibe a popular idiom and behave as Romans, when living in Rome. Others, on the other hand, hold the view that a melting pot of various customs, enriches a country. In this essay, I will explore both views before concluding that a balance should be sought where possible.
Firstly, if a visitor chooses not follow local rules, they may encounter hostility from the local people. Unspoken practices and customs are part of every country, and emulating the locals allows foreigners to socialise peacefully in a new land. That is why I agree with the idea of following or, at the very least, respecting local customs and behaviors in the land where the foreigner has chosen to live.
Conversely, however, we live in an increasingly globalised world, meaning that host countries should welcome cultural differences. Just because a person is in a foreign land, should not mean that they should sacrifice all of the customs they hold dear. Furthermore, by embracing such differences, local people can gain a better understanding of alternative lifestyles, cultures and characters that could positively influence their world view. They could, if they wished, learn new behaviours or traditions that may change the way they live. For example, some countries have a siesta culture that other countries, with traditionally long work weeks, may wish to explore in order to increase employee productivity.
In conclusion, there are both benefits and drawbacks of choosing to follow a country’s local traditions, whether or not this is at the expense of one’s own. A happy medium could be for individuals to choose the positive aspects of the local customs and choose to co-exist in the land they call home.
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