• Posted:Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Be prepared to cover up
I recently blogged about the importance of observing local customs whenever you are travelling somewhere new, as well as the need to carry out the appropriate research. Most people who, like me, are keen on backpacker travel enjoy experiencing new cultures, but respecting these is important if you are to avoid causing offence.

To that end, Wanderlust magazine has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging travellers to be prepared when they are heading abroad. Covering up is the main focus, as although small bikinis are acceptable in places like Brazil, they can cause outrage elsewhere.

Anyone planning a visit to hostels in Africa may wish to take note, as the publication observed that traditions are being ignored in Egypt and Morocco in particular. Editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes explained that cheap travel means more and more tourists are discovering these destinations, but many are breaking dress codes.

Wanderlust recommends seeking advice from locals about what is acceptable, although getting more than one opinion is crucial, as well as being particularly careful in places of worship.

"Showing too much flesh not only causes offence and embarrassment in many countries, but it can also lead to physical threats against tourists. In some areas, skimpy beachwear has provoked attacks on western women," said Ms Hughes.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at travelsupermarket.com, recently made a similar call and highlighted topless sunbathing as one of the things that might give rise to problems, but as long as you do your homework you should be able to enjoy a trip almost anywhere in the world without any difficulty.

Sam Buckley
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