Traveling to a different country can oftentimes be a confusing experience, especially when different languages and cultures are involved. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, social media can help you learn about new customs and cultures.
Here are just a few ways social media can assist you with the cultural learning curve when traveling:
Asking Friends and Family about Their Travels
One of the best ways to use social media when traveling to another country is asking your friends and family about their experiences. Sure, you can ask the social masses where the best hotels and restaurants are, but you can also gather some insight into different cultures.
For instance, you can start a Facebook post about proper attire when traveling to Egypt or the proper way to ask for directions in China. Chances are a number of your social followers have already been where you’re going. So, use social media to gather firsthand cultural advice from your friends and family before you embark on your adventure.
Learning Social Norms
When traveling, you quickly realize how many cultural differences there are from one country to the next. Learning these social norms before you arrive at your destination is helpful, which is where social media comes into play.
As the following article looks at, if you’re wondering what not to do when traveling abroad, simply create a Facebook post or hashtag on the subject. There is a good chance people from the country in which you’re traveling to will chime in with advice.
Visiting Travel Blogs
You can also visit other social users’ travel blogs to see if they have any expert advice on different countries and cultures.
Whether it’s a native blogger or not, travel blogs that provide advice on cultures and customs are always helpful. This is especially the case if you find a blog that’s country-specific.
Many travel bloggers also provide helpful links for traveling in and around specific countries. You can also comment on blog posts and receive replies to certain topics relating to culture and travel.
Visiting Facebook Country Pages
Everyone’s favorite social site is also the perfect place to take care of research on different cultures. That’s right; Facebook has helpful country pages for just about every country on the planet.
Whether you are traveling to Russia or Taiwan, you can get a glimpse into the culture by visiting the country’s Facebook page.
While there, you can see what’s trending in the country, top news stories affecting the country, and other pertinent information that will prepare you for your travels.
Using Translation Tools
Many of the top social sites now have translation tools that will help you while traveling abroad.
Facebook has a translation icon that accompanies posts in different languages. This is helpful if you want to stay connected with the friends you make while traveling.
In addition, Twitter not long ago introduced the Translation Center, which allows users to easily translate tweets into many different languages.
You can use Twitter’s translation feature to stay up to speed with cultural events and foreign news while you’re traveling.
When it comes to culture, social media can keep you informed and ready for any adventures life throws your way.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including international travel and social media.