So in case you didn’t know, I’ve moved to another country. I’ve been here almost 3 whole weeks now. I’m now living in Taiwan (from the United States). And I have a bone to pick with the ‘good ol’ US of A’.
Why aren’t we nicer to our tourists???
Seriously, this whole country - this WHOLE COUNTRY - (granted, it’s small) has a reputation of being nice to foreigners. Like, really, really nice. Like, if you were so inclined, you could probably get away with some stuff because Taiwanese people are that nice. Yes, they have the Eastern philosophy of saving face and whatnot, but really… When you think about it, tourists should be treated nicer in the US.
Have you ever been a tourist?? It’s stressful. And confusing. And when you can’t read the signs or speak the language, it’s even a little scary. You don’t know where you’re going, what to eat, and you’re not even sure how to ask. But you eventually find your way, and it’s usually because some kind-hearted local took pity on you for 5 minutes to ask where you need to go or helped translate a transaction.
I can’t even tell you how many times a Taiwanese person has helped me through transactions (I’m slowly learning Chinese). One time, a lady was cycling past me while I was looking at a map. She asked where I needed to go and even though she didn’t know the place, she helped situate me. She biked off and actually came back when she noticed the sign for where I was headed. That’s right, folks: she cycled back to give me further help. That’s just… wow! Thanks! That was so unbelievable to me!
So? Why should the USA be nicer? Well, if you can’t do it out of kind-hearted-ness, you might want to do it because tourists bring us money. Yes, people will pretty much visit the USA no matter what. BUT! Will they choose to come back? If we’re nicer, we could have tons of people coming back year after year. And probably bringing more people with them!
So be nice. Do it.