Saying no when
you’re in a different country could be deemed
as being rude. For instance, when someone offers you something to eat, you
have to accept it. The problem is that some people take advantage of this
culture. They will convince you to buy something or follow them even if they’re
not offering anything that will benefit you. If you’re offered a food that you couldn’t
eat, you have no choice but to say no. These are some tips to help you refuse
an offer without being rude.
Explain your reason
couldn’t accept something to eat because you’re allergic or you have dietary
restrictions, you have to explain it. Even if these people have a practice of
not saying no, they also understand that you came from a different culture. You
have your own reason for declining the offer. They won’t insist if you politely
explain why you can’t accept.
like a dumb tourist
It’s easy for
some people to take
advantage of you if you look like you don’t know where you are, or what’s
going on. When you’re on the streets, you have to be confident. Pretend that
you know everything in the area. Don’t keep asking around. Research well so you
know where you’re going. It would be difficult for some people to take
advantage of you if they think you’ve been around the city for a while. You won’t
have to say no if you don’t get offered something in the first place.
When you already
said no, you already made yourself clear. If you get asked again, you have to
walk away or pretend you didn’t hear the question. You can’t keep saying no and
explain yourself over and over again. Besides, you were polite the first time
you refused the offer.
police station’s number on your speed dial
If you’re still
forced to buy something or to follow someone, it’s already illegal. You need to
call the authorities right away. Save the contact number of the local
authorities or anyone you know so that you can report what’s going on. For some
people, the threat of getting reported to the police will force them to back
out. Again, you need to insist and don’t look frail.
Don’t go out alone
traveling to unfamiliar places and it’s your first time to be there, it helps
as a group. There’s less possibility of being scammed or forced to do
something you don’t want if you’re in a group. Your number is already
intimidating enough. It also helps to be in a group tour during these instances
so that a local will be there to help you.
You can say no
if there are offers you dislike. It might be rude, but you have the right to
refuse. You also need to study more about the background of the place where
you’re going so you will feel more confident during the trip.
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