Advice for Latvian tourists from 100 years ago

The Latvian calendar has never been a mere catalog of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on July 2. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1923” mentions six rules for Latvian tourists among its list of advice.

A fragment from the “Household Calendar of 1923” – six rules for Latvian tourists:

  1. Persons travelling in the homeland should behave so as to make everyone kind and welcoming to tourists. Crassness, writing on and defacing historical sites, rocks, bridges, seats and walls are offensive acts.

  2. Hospitality should be valued highly. Behave in tourist camps as you would like guests to behave in your home. Always be a servant to yourself. 

  3. Paper, cigarette packs, bottles, egg shells and other no longer needed things do little to adorn the environment, so do not toss them about. 

  4. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages on tourist trips. Travel healthily! A journey provides the time to gather strength and joy for tomorrow's work. 

  5. Strengthen national solidarity in your travels!

  6. Be well-equipped. Travel not because of fashion or pleasure, but in order to get to know your land, its nature and history, your people, their life and work.

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