- Do your research before visiting. If you find out that the country of origin has “odd” customs, don’t act surprised and shocked when you get there. These are their customs. They’re not going to change just because you’ve arrived. Be polite and move on.
- Don’t forget to unpack your manners with your other belongings. I’m thinking Brangwain forgot to pack his when he was packing his shirts.
- Standing up and calling your hosts a “barbarian nation” should be avoided. End of discussion.
- If you’re hosting someone from another country that your country just happened to go to war with a few years past, avoid talking about their murdered loved ones as something to be celebrated. This should be one of those “duh” moments but apparently wasn’t for the goblins.
- Look up the local laws and don’t break them. Common sense kind of stuff really. I guess Brangwain didn’t have any.
- Patience goes a long way with visitors, but so does a handy “guide to our ways of life.” If you are hosting someone from another culture in your home, put together a quick “Guide to Our Home” for them to look over that walks them through local customs, formalities, and things they should know. A pocket-sized variation gets bonus points.
No matter where you travel, be safe and be friendly to your hosts. Remember they are excited to have you and the experience will be more pleasant if you return the excitement.
Don’t forget to pick up The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin. It’s a fun ride from beginning to end for ages 10 to 14.