Having been in the travel industry since 1887, Brownell has seen many changes in the travel industry. It’s been decades since the only way to get to Europe was by boat. Gone are the days of dressing to the nines for a flight. And the Internet has changed just about everything. But some things always stay the same. A 1963 Brownell Tour Director manual shares the Travelers Ten Commandments—rules that still apply to travel today!
Travelers Ten Commandments
1. Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou has them at home for thou hast left thy home to find things different.
2. Thou shalt not take anything too seriously for a carefree mind is the beginning of the vacation.
3. Thou shalt not let the other tourist get on thy nerves, for thou art paying out good money to have a good time.
4. Remember thy passport so that thou knowest where it is at all times, for a man without a passport is a man without a country.
5. Blessed is the man who can make change in any language, for lo, he shall not be cheated.
6. Blessed is the man who can say “thank you” in any language – and it shall be worth more to him than many tips.
7. Thou shalt not worry. He that worrieth hath no pleasure – and few things are ever fatal.
8. Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by one person with whom thou hast had trouble.
9. Thou shalt when in Rome do somewhat as the Romans do; if in difficulty, thou shalt use thy American common sense and friendliness.
10. Remember thou art a guest in every land – and he that treateth his host with respect shall be treated as an honored guest.
(From Ocean News, reprint from SS Frederica)