Ugly Tourist - beautiful tourist
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The term ugly tourist, is a term that can be used to describe
any tourist that does not respect the country he/she is in.
In the year 1959 two Americans William Burdick and Eugene
Burdick used the term “The ugly American” in a book by the
same name. The term “Ugly Tourist” refers to every person/
tourist that shows ignorance, conceit, lack of respect and
obscenity in regard to a different culture from his.
One of the reasons to the phenomenon of the
ugly tourist can be found in cultural shock, actually it is
quite normal to experience culture shock, when one is in an
unfamiliar culture, and the different unknown culture to us.
The immediate reaction it is a postponement from all different
thing, and fear before the unknown.
Sometimes, the Public relation that
promotes the site we go to, makes the place better and nicer
then it really is, thus, creates high expectations, at times
to the extreme. This happens usually in relate to low costs
charter flights, and the facilities of the resort you go to.
Many times the visiting tourists (but not you, of course)
patronize the locals and see them as valueless, as well as,
rude to them. Therefore there became to be the "ugly tourist".
The ugly tourists are makes themselves undesirable guests, and
as a result from that, it's effects also on tourists that do
not act in this manner.
How to be a beautiful tourist
Be attentive and open-minded for all
cultural and economical differences in the country you are
visiting. Pay attention to the day to day costumes. For
instance, it is normal to kiss and hug when you meet someone,
and when you depart as well.
If you learn few daily words and numbers, (look at our short
Turkish dictionary section) and a few on the local
customs, it will make your stay more fun and easy.
Some things around, might seem to you
different and unknown, it is not necessarily incorrect, things
such as eating together from the same pot/ serving dish,
religious beliefs, different laws, etc... '.
Be tolerant, courteous and affable. Saying
“Teşekür aderım” (thank you), please, good morning, and good
evening, words as such can be helpful the and good. The Turks
are very appreciative and even friendlier (The are without it
as well). If you don't have something nice to say, it is
better not to say anything!
an interest and appreciation in regard to the Turkish culture,
the history, the art, and the Turkish food. Some tourists are
rudder after drinking, more then usually. They become lauder,
obnoxious rude as well as some times aggressive.
Know that not necessarily all the Turkish people, are honest
and un rude. Just like other places in the world (Just like in
your country). Give good example whenever you're.
beautiful tourist !
most important enjoyed from your vacation !
in, Check- out
to the ground crew, whether it is the check- in crew, or the
security crew. Do not bring heavier or bigger then allowed. Be
patient and kind to the other passengers around you. Do not
push, shove, shut or cures.
Going out of the
plain's “sleeve” will start your way to border control, where
you will asked to hand in your passport. No need to hurry,
shove or push, since you will have to wait for your baggage
any way. In high season, it is advised to get to the air -
port , at list 3 hours before the flight. That is due to the
big amount of flights leaving the air port.
Be patient since things do take time.
Since all seats are
issued upon check- in, you do not need to “charge” the plain.
Sometimes, there is a
delay in flight time, even when you board the plain. Getting
mad, or shutting will not do you any good. Yes, it might be
somewhat annoying, but there is nothing you can do about it.
So just find something to do, until flight time.
In the plane and after landing
As you know, it takes time for the plan's
doors to open. Stay sited until the doors open. A little
patience, will help you start your holiday on the best side.
The departure from the Turkish airplane is
by a "sleeve". Remember that some time, especially in the
summer time, it takes longer to go through baggage claim, and
passport control. The best thing is just to take your time, no
need to hurry and pushed.
to push or shove, since all seats are reserved upon check in.
The crew aboard the plain will direct you to your seat. Use
the storage space above you, for you back pack, or put it
underneath your chair. If you want to move to an empty seat,
ask the crew before hand.
Tough the plain is
just a mean of transportation, it is advised to follow few
guide lines, for your safety. When asked to seat down and not
walk the isle, seat down. It is for you own safety. This is
due to the fact that the plain might stop at once (on ground),
or in flight, it might turn sharply on its side. Once stopped,
it is better to stay seated until the plain's doors open, it
take few minutes for the doors to open. A little patience,
will help you start you vacation on the best side. Though the
crew is on board for you, be kind to them. Do not jerk the
crew around, insult it, shout and bad mouth it. The crew
members will come to you as soon as it can. You can use the
bell above your head to get the crew's attention.
The crew has its order for food distribution, it is best wait
patiently for your turn. Let the crew serve the food to you.
Do not take anything yourself.
On some charters, the
spacing between the seats is small, so when you stretch your
seat backwards, all the way. Please keep the lavatories as
clean as possible, and do not remove any attached items, from
the lavatories. Know also, that smoking is forbidden on
plains, and that there is a smoke detector in the lavatories.
The crew is allowed to use force is a passenger is violent, or
jeopardy's the safety of the other passengers, crew or plain's
Remember to switch off
the mobile phone and fasten your safety belt, when you are
Upon leaving the plain, feel free to thank the crew for there
Staying in Turkey Hotels
During Turkish tourism high season,
sometimes the check in to the hotel, might take longer time
then normal. Arguing, will not help you get into your room
faster. In some cases, it will even make it longer. Remember
that it is the hotel's self interest to send you to your room
In time to most hotels including All Inclusive hotels, is from 14:00, when check- out is until 12:00. It is
better to check if you have paid all your bills, before your departuring the hotel, and not when your transportation is
waiting for you.
In most 3-5 stars Turkey hotels, the food
is served in an open buffet, with European and Turkish
cocking. At times the food might be somewhat to spicy for
some. Just take what you want, and go for “seconds” if you
feel like it. If you go to “All Inclusive” hotel or resort, it
is advised to eat in moderation, if you don't to put on few
extra kilos/ stones, since food is in abandons.
In Turkey it is normal to see people
smoking, in the hotels, restaurants, etc, though if you ask
someone not to smoke next to you, most likely, he/ she will
put there cigarette away. There are
plenty of ashtray's
every ware, it's recommended not to extinguish your cigarette
on the floor, or in the food plate\ dish.
Important to know!
At the high Turkey tourism season, most of the hotels are
not allow to bring food and drinks from the outside, into the
room. They will, however, sell you drinks at a higher cost. If
you were able to bring food and drinks into you room, do not
put it in the mini- bar, because you might be charged for it.
In breakfast most of the drinks are
included. At dinner in contrast to that, drinks are not
included. Therefore if you will order a drink during the a
meal, will be debited according (drink and not sharp drinks
Turkey Apart hotels, there usually a
kitchenette with all the required equipment, and is possible
to buy in markets and supermarkets, where you can shop in.
Rooms and location
Before booking your
Turkish holiday, ask
your travel agent if the hotel you are booking, is planning
renovations. Though many of the hotels start renovations in
the winter time, they do not always finish before the tourism
season. This will prevent unnecessary arguments and grief. If
you can, check out if the hotel is situated in downtown, or in
walking distance from the fun places. The reason for the
latest is, public transportation. Though you can always take a
cab back to your hotel, it is not the cheapest thing.
The major religion in Turkey is the Islam.
However, In Turkey the religion is separated from the State,
and most of the population is secular.
Some hotels are next
to mosques where 5 times a day, you will hear the “Muazin”
(The man who calls all believers to come to pray). This is
good if you pray, but if you do not, you can try and ask the
hotel reception to ask the mosque operator to lower the
speakers volume down. Sometime there is a good chance that the
will agree for that. Please do it
Some people “forget” or “misplace” hotel
items, in their personal belongings, before they check out
from the hotel. Though a hotel's pen or stationery is O.K.
cutlery, pillows and such, is not O.K.. In some hotels you can
acquire in a small amount souvenirs from the hotel with the
hotel's logo. Items such as mugs, ashtrays, towels, and more.
pilferage is such
beautiful tourist !
Turkey customs, culture and tradition
Turkish tradition is based on great respect of father and
mother, family, friends, acquaintances and even foreigners.
Children do not shout at their parents, they do not bad mouth
and the do not them curse. The Turkey hospitality is famous
around the world. When you visit a Turkish family, they will
first take care of your needs, even if there is not enough for
the family. There is a Turkish costume that you should adhere
to, when you are visiting locals homes, yachts etc. You need
to take of your shoes before you step in. you can stay as you
are, though in some cases, a pair of sleepers will be given to
you. As guests in a foreign country, do not to force your
values and your opinions on the local residents.
where you look, you will see
Atatürk's face. His
statues can be seen in all governmental office certainly, in
all private business and in each house. His face is also on
all money bills and coins. On stamps, in the drawings, objects
of art and more. Even nowadays, more then 75 years after
his spirit still hovers over the country. "A word of
caution", (it's also against to the Turkish law) never say
any thing that will show the Turkish that you disparage,
despise or loathe Atatürk
- the “Father of the Turks.
Pictures and photographs !!!
Turkish law, it is a forbidden to photograph an army camps and
militaristic bases, and army vessels.
be aware of it !
Turkey Shopping and Markets
local Turkish dealers are veterans of the “Shopping Battles”.
If you are uninterested to buy at all, do not start haggling
on the price, or soon enough, you will find yourself buying
In spite of the fact that most of the
dealers in Turkey as well as other places in Turkey are
straight, it is advised to keep receipts, just in case you
will asked to give prove of your acquisition (usually if the
item looks like an antique). By the same token, in concern to
reimbursement of vat when you leave the country. In case that
you feel cheated, you can turn to the local police and or by
writing to the office of the consumer in the industry and
commerce office in Ankara.
In the Turkish Bazaar, in the
markets and in the stores in Turkey towns, you will encounter
the local dealers, who hassle the tourists to come into their
shops. Many of them, know few words from several languages,
that will be used “against” you.
As international language, smile can bring
the best results !!!
The bus ride from
When you are in the bus, listen to the
guide (if it's a organized \ charter vacation). You will hear
useful information. Look at the scenery (If there is light
outside, that is) and let your brain to relaxed from the long
journey, and just slow down and think of the fun, sea and sun.
On the way from and to the airfield there
are places where you can stop for a rest, and other things as
Turkey Daily Tours \ Day Tours
tours are a very good way to get to know the area, its
residents, and excellent way to get a fill for the place. It
is worthwhile for you to go out for at least one day tour, and
also to partake in one of the folklore nights.
We would like to turn your attention to a
point that we sometime forget!
Part from of the day tour, pass in private
homes and yards of the inhabitants. Some might see this as a
permit to “feel at home”. But do remember ! these are private
house. Remember, we are only temporarily guests. Therefore, it
is worthwhile to be respectful to the people that their place
So does in regard to the environment and
nature, in which you will pass. The nature in Turkey is
inseparable part of the environment of inhabitants of the
place. The inhabitants of the place and way of life, is in
tune with the environment, to a degree that in the many hotels
in the towns, public parks and even private houses, it is
forbidden to cut trees down. Some trees are even numbered, so
regular inspections can be made. If an authorized tree is cut
down, in many cases people are placed under arrest.
Together we can keep Turkey a fun place to be in.
beautiful tourist !
Responsible Tourism, The Tourism Industry
The aviation industry enables a comfortable
tourism, and it makes it more accessible to touring around the
world. Increasingly tourists travel to the remote places
throughout the globe.
The more we learn of the needs and the
problems of the world and humankind, increasingly people,
attend the needs of these industries. For example the tourism
industry, that functions as an important tool to the creation
of peace and brotherhood in the world between different
cultures. The world tourism industry, produces about $2
trillion a year, and employs more from 60 million workers
throughout the world. The more sophisticate the tourists
become, consumer awareness crosses bounds, increasingly pushes
and demands social responsibility, ambient and ecological
responsibility from the tourism industry. As a result, the
industry will continue to grow and to flourish.
Peace is more then the absence of war. In
order for us to enjoys more of the good things life can offer
us, it can be done with the help of the tourism industry, we
most receive responsibility. Thus, we need to confront and to
deal with the important subjects that causes the different
confrontations around the world.
Responsible Tourism, Individual Tourism
When we travel we cross not only bounds,
but also cultures, ethnic barriers, and different economies,
in the aspiration to unite mankind under one “umbrella”.
In order to be real citizens of the world
in the global village we live in, it is up to us the tourists,
to show responsibility and caring in regard to the world
around us. We most try to through away the differences, and to
expand the good and humanity that is in us, in order to build
harmonic positive environment in the world we live in.
All to all, though our world is a home to
many different cultures on one hand, on the other hand, we are
all one at the end.
We, in the “Marmaris Land” have made it our goal
to advancement the relations between Turkey and the world.
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