Tips for handling political conversations while abroad

Tips for Handling Conversations About Politics While Abroad

Allow the person asking political questions to share about how the process works in their country. This insight can be valuable when answering.

Be aware of any political turmoil in the areas that will be traveled before leaving.

Treat the interest in our election process as flattering rather than intrusive.
Persons from other cultures are curious, because they generally admire our freedoms in the political process.

Ask if they take the time to vote in their own elections. It seems simple, but many will say they do not.

If the answer is no, ask why they have so much interest in an election thousands of miles away when they do not take time to flex their own freedom to vote.

 

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