I have no idea where this originated, but it’s a gem my mother found tucked inside a book some 40-odd years ago and passed onto me while growing up. Substitute the words “expats” for “travellers”, “life” for “holiday” and your nationality for “English” and I think it’s not a bad “life manual” for those of us living abroad:
The Ten Commandments for Travellers
- Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou hast them at home… for thou hast left thy home to find things different.
- Thou shalt not take anything too seriously,,, for a carefree mind is the beginning of a fine holiday.
- Thou shalt not let the other tourists get on thy nerves… for thou art paying out good money to enjoy thyself.
- Remember to take only half the clothes you think you need… and twice the amount of money.
- Remember thy passport so thou knowest where it is at all times… for a man without a passport is a man without a country.
- Remember if we are expected to stay in one place we would have been created with roots.
- Thou shalt not worry. He that worrieth hath no pleasure… few things are ever fatal.
- Thou shalt not make thyself too obviously English… when in Rome, do somewhat as the Romans do!
- Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by the one person with whom thou hast had trouble.
- Remember thou art a guest in every land… and he that treateth his host with respect is treated as an honoured guest.