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4 Etiquette Tips For Traveling To Mumbai

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It’s one thing to book a trip to Mumbai, but another thing entirely to know how you should act upon arriving. While this sounds simple enough, if you aren’t  from the area you may not have the first clue about what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

So, before you book you book a flight to Mumbai on a site like Expedia, take the time to think long and hard about what you can do to fit in.

If your trip to Mumbai is on the horizon, here are 4 etiquette tips you should keep in mind as you go through the planning process.

1. Be Courteous of Others.

The last thing you want to do is touch down in Mumbai and begin to treat others in a disrespectful manner.

It’s imperative that you are courteous, respectful and friendly at all times. Even if you are in a bad mood, maybe because you took a long and uncomfortable flight, you need to change your tone once you reach your destination.

When you are courteous of others you can expect them to treat you in the same manner – and that is exactly what you are hoping for when visiting Mumbai (or any other part of the world, for that matter).

2. Dress Appropriately.

It doesn’t matter how you dress when you’re at home, you need to dress appropriately when visiting another country.

For example, people in Mumbai don’t show a lot of skin. This may be a different way of doing things for you, but you have to take it into consideration before you travel to the area.

If you want to standout, dress like a tourist. Worse yet, dress like a tourist with no taste.

3. Follow the Law.

You need to keep in mind that every country has its own laws. So, while you may know how to act on your home soil, the same laws don’t govern what goes on in other countries.

Before visiting Mumbai, learn more about local laws and how to follow them. This isn’t a waste of time, as it will put you in position to act accordingly during your time in the city.

4. Be Respectful of the Culture and Sights.

Just as your hometown has its own culture and sights to see, the same holds true Mumbai (and probably on a bigger scale).

For example, if you’re visiting Mumbai to take in the sights, don’t do anything that will make you stand out or look bad. An example of this would be littering or getting into an argument with a worker.

When you are respectful of the culture and sights you will come to find that you are able to better enjoy yourself.

Tip: use the internet to learn more about the many sights to see in Mumbai. This will help you plan your schedule, while also giving you an idea of if there is anything you should do – regarding your behavior – when visiting.

Plan in Advance.

With all this in mind, you have may some concerns about traveling to Mumbai. Even if you are respectful person who always follows the law, you know that different cultures act in different ways.

If this is a concern, it’s important that you plan in advance. When you take a few key steps upfront, you’ll find it easier to follow proper etiquette during your time in Mumbai.

Here are some things to think about:

  • Read as much as you can find online about Mumbai etiquette
  • Talk to people who have traveled to Mumbai in the past about what you should and shouldn’t do in regards to etiquette
  • When in doubt, do what others are doing

These are the types of things you can do to ease your stress regarding your upcoming trip to Mumbai.

Final Thoughts.

It goes without saying that Mumbai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It also goes without saying that you need to follow a few etiquette tips when visiting the city.

If you have planned a trip to Mumbai, it’s time to get excited. By following these etiquette tips, you won’t have anything to worry about once you arrive.

Do you have any experience traveling to Mumbai? Did you enjoy your trip? Is there anything in particular that you tried to avoid while you were there? Share your best Mumbai etiquette tips in the comment section below. The advice that you provide will help other travelers act in the appropriate manner at all times.


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