Does the same etiquette apply when you are on holiday
Does the same etiquette apply when you are on holiday?
The simple answer is yes, despite what documentary makers about Brits abroad in places like Ayia Napa might have you believe – you really ought to behave with the same amount of panache and courtesy as if you were in the UK.
Although, the thing about of holidays is that standards are relaxed slightly, and so there are some exceptions. Whereas you would always give up your seat in the UK when needed, if you have a sun lounger and a women is struggling to find one, you don’t have to let her on to yours, they really do work on a first come, first served basis.
And although you might expect to tip after a meal at home, if you’re in a resort or all inclusive then there is no need to leave any cash after every meal – though on your last day you may want to visit your favourite haunts and leave a little thank you.
Other than that, try and behave like an ambassador for British gentlemen whenever possible. Open doors, pull back chairs, and say thank you in the same way you would in your day to day life. When in Rome….do as you would at home.
Remember to take some formalwear with you, men’s suits and men’s shirts are indispensables, and if you do not feel like taking a suit, think chinos and a blazer. You never know what can come up during your holiday... Always try and maintain the British gentleman’s image abroad.