A world citizen may provide value to society by using knowledge acquired across cultural contexts.
Every good product comes with a manual extolling how to care for the item and how to use it properly. Even clothes have tags on washing conditions. But travel companions are people, and the best manual you can hope to receive is a verbal one from the person themselves. Finding a self-aware and unreserved travel companion is a tall order. Most people are not good at analyzing themselves enough to know all of their triggers and best options for resolution. In relationships, knowing another person this well takes time. When arriving for a vacation, the luxury of time is not there. You either handle your travel partner well or things start to go poorly.
The care and use manual – or just the manual – covers a range of topics. Travel style. Hotels, hostels, couch surfing, or camping. Highlights tour or in depth culture investigation. Conscious analysis of people or background compilation. High roller or on the cheap. City or nature. Push through or slow down. Personal handling. Daily showers? Topics to be avoided? Level of conservativism? Profanity? Recovery. Sulking or active? Amount of time needed solo. Introvert or extrovert. Comfort zone.
Some people are more forgiving than others. For some, no specific points matter and they can survive on anything. Others have strong opinions on everything and will only be happy doing things their ideal way. Most of us are in between.
For those who might one day travel with me, the following are a few items from my personal care and use manual.