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India is a complex country with many foreign tourists facing culture shock in order to prepare I shared a video where the biggest mistakes me my friends and family made as foreign tourists while traveling in India this video got so much good responses I thought a follow-up video with more mistakes to avoid while traveling in India might be helpful too I've been travelling India myself since 2015 and currently I am even based in India I hope this video helps you prepare even more if you plan on travelling India in case you haven't watched the first video its link down in the description below and if you'd like to see more of my videos in the future make sure to subscribe and hit the bell icon for notifications let's do this more mistakes that foreigners make in India number one just sticking to North India and completely neglecting South India as a former French colony Pondicherry is a very special place in India there's a unique mix between Indian and French culture which makes Pondicherry a true multicultural experience Kerala has everything you need for an amazing getaway it is the land of the backwaters Ayurveda the Chinese fishing nets beautiful beaches and even waterfalls we have made it to the Bella valley temple it is absolutely stunning let's take a look inside while driving here I have to say I am so enjoying the rural my most hated English world word reviews I feel like I'm in a movie all of the South Indian movies that I've seen I'm just feeling all of these vibes it's absolutely gorgeous I am genuinely not saying this to suck up to South Indians because they're always like super proud of their part of the country but I lucked out so much when I was coming to India for the first time I'm sorry the power went off those kind of things happen in India so we'll have to do it without the fairy lights for now the first time that I came to India I was scheduled to fly to Delhi because that's what you do when you go to India right you fly either into Mumbai or you fly into Delhi that was my mindset and that's also what I read about the previous travels of other foreigners but I was in Malaysia so suddenly I don't know why last minute before I booked my ticket to Delhi I thought let me just check tickets to other places in India Skyscanner has this feature where you can like select the country and get all of the airports annotated to Delhi was 400 or 500 euros at a time something I saw this little place pop up in India in South India Kochi and that ticket was only 100 euros so I was like you know what we're gonna go to Kochi and then I'm probably going to take a domestic flight in India to go to North India if I want to because I was traveling very freely because that's probably going to be cheaper than booking of 400 500 euro flight to Delhi like most foreigners when I came to India for the first time I expected madness chaos our long waiting queues at the airport and none of that turned out to be true I literally didn't wait for like two minutes at Kochi immigration I got my luggage within 10 minutes I got my sim card finished within 10 minutes and I just took a local bus I was beyond surprised South India has so much undiscovered treasures for foreign tourists it's a lot more peaceful than the north you have so much beautiful greenery varkala beach is one of my favorite beaches in India I like it yeah I know right it's such a chill vibe here oh my goodness I want to give you this recommendation because this is the recommendation that I also give to all my friends who are coming to India for the past year it is so much easier to get you know eased into Indian culture the honking the food you know the different culture don't you know put yourself in a situation where you're too overwhelmed with the culture shock in the south all these new experiences will definitely be there but they will be a lot more toned down than in the north you can take a domestic flight later if you really want to go to North India which obviously should dry just Sun is also one of my favorite states in India the second mistake I see literally every single foreigner me who I'm with and who I observe coming to India for the first time is being too polite and obviously I made this mistake as well it means that you're using too much words to ask for what you want one example I'll give you a friend of mine from the US which is a very polite country was in India for the first time recently and she wanted tea without milk what she was saying is hi could you please get me tea without milk I would really appreciate that could you add sugar to the side and this guy was looking at her like I don't understand what you want so in India you also have to read the body language a lot so he said to her okay so chai and she was like yeah yes but please put the milk on the side I don't want tea in my milk blah boba and she started talking again with way too many words I just looked at her I looked at him and I was like nanana Nana this is all gonna go wrong so I looked at a guy and I was like chai no milk and it's not rude to do things this way in India obviously if you have a rude attitude it will be rude but if you're just a nice person saying no no just chai no milk it will be a lot clearer to people what you want one because a lot of Indians do struggle with English even though it is a national language they don't get to speak it a lot obviously in the big cities they do but some people are from like more rural areas so it will be a lot easier for them to understand you if you just speak with less words and dude there is also a language reason for this now that I'm learning Hindi more I also understand that in India you would just say self child dude nee like only tea no milk just recently I asked one of my friends how to say like oh I can't understand you or I can't hear you and in Hindi it is oh man I forgot nas ooh sir Zhu ya bolo or something like that it's only three words when in English we would say okay I cannot understand you could you please speak up a little bit more not saying that Hindi is the national language in India for all my people are gonna get offended but it is very common to speak with less words in India and the way you express respect is also different in India if you want to address someone with respect you would add G for instance to their name or how you address them so if somebody wants to be polite to me they would say ivana G something like that and you don't say like please and could you and blah blah blah a lot people will really understand you better if you use less words number three please do keep in mind that you're a guest and I say this because I see a lot of people coming to India that's it's a very cheap country obviously people speak the language differently than you're used to so for you it might come off rude when somebody speaking with less words but in their language or in their culture it is not rude and then they start acting like entitled foreigners what I mean by that is that they think everything in India should revolve about them just because they have money to spend here as a tourist if there is one country in the world where people genuinely will care more if you treat them with respect then about your money it will be India I know a lot of Indians if you're rude or disrespectful to them it doesn't matter how much money you're willing to offer them they will just walk away and say go F yourself and I really like that about the country but it makes life a lot harder for people who think that just because they have money Indians will run all around them when they don't your life and your travels in India are gonna be so much easier if you treat people with respect if you are kind to them even when you think somebody's being rude to you sometimes there aren't it's just their way of communicating trying to be rude and shove money in their hands or stuff like that that will really turn people off so don't be that entitled foreigner of Indians oh my god they will treat you as a god they have the saying if you're good guests Indians will literally treat you as a god the fourth thing and it's something that I really need to address is despite all the tips that I just gave you especially as a girl especially as a woman you need to learn mom mode especially sometimes Indian men have issues with listening to what you want so even if you repeat something to them like five times they will talk over you they will interrupt you they might be thinking that you don't understand what is good or what is the right thing to do so they will try to make you do the things that how they want you to do things an example that I can give you I was working with a public photographer I just ran into him in the streets me being a photographer myself I know exactly how I want my pictures I know how I want them framed I know what lighting to use I know what what I want in a background and this guy kept telling me how to pose how to like move my head and I was like no that is not my angle at all so I kept telling him no no I want it like this no no I want it like this and at one point I got so annoyed because also my time is limited there are a lot of crowds in India so you have to do things quite fast and I just told him listen if you don't want to do this I'm just gonna go and I said that in a mom mode that is something that will trigger so many people you're not being rude you're just being very straight and clear about what you want and if over the power came back on yeah that really helps for people to just reset their brain to start listening to you maybe they are bringing you things that you don't want taking you to shops where you don't want to go sometimes it's really necessary to put on your mom cap and snap somebody out of there you know directional mode for them to do what you want them to I think that's also a very good way to scare off scammers because once they see that you are very confident that you clearly know what you want that they cannot mess with you they will search for an easier target because that's what scammers want the easiest targets number five and this one is extremely important for your peace of mind when you're visiting such an extreme country like India many times I had to put my own feet to the ground and get a perspective because otherwise it is very very easy in India to get lost in a Good Samaritan role that's how I like to call it is that feeling you get when you for instance you bear children in walking in the streets or people sleeping in the streets maybe people who look hungry elderly people who are begging something that you really should know about this country oh the power went off again the power goes off quite a lot especially during the summer during the rainy summer India is an extremely special country in the world as far as I have seen when it comes down to poverty and happiness and materialistic things if you are open for it the people who have the least will teach you the best lessons and I will give you an example of this one of my friend he has sleeping problems one night we were walking down Marine Drive in Mumbai and he saw this guy who was sleeping on the floor he looked at him and he was like oh my gosh I feel so bad I don't want this for my country because he was Indian I really need to resolve this problem I want to give this man a roof over his head and I just looked at him and I asked him like hey do you think that man is having a good sleep and he was like yeah looks like he's really getting a good nap and I looked at him and I said so you have an extremely comfortable bed you have air conditioning how do you sleep and he looked at me like I was like who are you to think that you can improve this man's life with just materialistic things and he was like oh my gosh India has a billion of these kind of lessons for you if you are willing to open your mind and look at these people from a different perspective preferably also interact with them and learn about their life India truly is a teacher if you are willing to be a student and not just bring your Western mentality here that materialistic things or even an education will make you a happier human being some of the most happiest people that I have seen were gypsies in the Rajasthani desert their kids didn't even go to school there was nothing around them for miles it truly taught me that happiness is within you you don't need materialistic things you don't even need three meals a day you don't need an education to be happy such a cliche Western tourist mental breakdown and not because I feel sad for these children be doing what their parents are doing some Western children are they have everything sorry obviously if you want to do something good for the world I would say start with your own country because every country in the world has their own problems if you are from that culture you will understand those problems the best obviously India also has its own problems there are so many problems here but I genuinely believe that if you don't know the culture you will not be able to give the best solutions for that country fitting in that cultural context so if you come to India and you look around and you only see the problems that you feel that you need to fix you're not gonna have a good time I have literally said this to every friend and even my brother and my father who came here that you need to let India sort its own problems what you need to do is enjoy the country and contribute to the local economy in a positive way by enjoying your trip to the max and eating all of the Indian food I hope this video was helpful and gives every foreigner an amazing trip in India if you feel this is a valuable video please make sure to share it with other people who might be coming to India or planning a trip to India I want everybody who comes here to have a really great time also make sure to please put a thumbs 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TRAVEL VLOG IV · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support! If you loved this video please make sure to also watch my TedxGNI talk about why a foreigner chooses a future in India:

bharat rao · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Aur kuch chutiye inki lene mey sochtey hai aur ho jaiti hai chutiyap

Anjali Tomar · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of my country, India. And truly, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The perception you had while traveling India made it more beautiful.

jhon smith · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

one point you said very true . Indians do think most freigners that they are noobs, so they start teaching them… indians are greatt in teaching .

ajay revankar · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Come to our home when you come next time….

gaja bharatwaj · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Hey… beginning of video I wanted to say f***off tourist…..
But at the end of video I say you are the first tourist to perfectly understand your purpose traveling…
Appreciated your feeling….you should be spiritualist, are in goodness mode….. very close to Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
Welcome to India…

Samrat Shinde · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Loved the way you mentioned about materialistic reality in India. I literally have no idea how do these people survive nor have any clue about their lifestyle. Also you weeping looking at the unfortunates goes on to tell you are a good human being. Take care. And I hope the next time you visit our country you would get to see less people on the street which would make you happy. As you mentioned a good guest is always treated as a Good in our country .

RAJIV KAPOOR · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for such a wonderful and thought-provoking video. Impressed at your mindful attitude.

Sarath Nandakumar · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

I'm from kerela
You forgot something
Mainly thrishur pooram

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Koushik Ms · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Bro India is not cheap

Kalyan Banerjee · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Your passport should be a Diplomat Passport 🙂

Paisong Timung · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

try north east….specially meghalaya…..

Sandesh Kakodkar · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

I really appreciate that you understand the problem of rural areas people that's nice

AdiTya Dev · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

And u know … Your thumbnail got me scared…..

AdiTya Dev · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

You know…. u have a golden heart ♥️ 😇
Not because u appreciated my country…..
But bcoz u really have one…. Very few people are ready to learn lessons from life… U r an inspiration….. Love u ♥️

Wanjop Marngar · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

My country India full of corruption, simple to find out,,,

Priya A · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

mom mode 😎🙌yes it workks… 👍

Tech Tober · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

love from north east india❤️

Prashant A · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

It also called as black tea which commonly used in INDIA

shiva dwivedi · May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

hello dear
i hope you had great vacation in india, i would like to correct you here by informing you that English in india is one of officical languages not national language. please dont take me rude, i just wanted to correct you.

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