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I have an unusual post today - a whole discussion. I'm currently in the Dominican Republic, and during an excursion I heard an odd comment from a tour guide. I happened to be alone for a short period of time - he approached me and said, "I really like you. Really like your body. To me, it's very sexy. Next time come alone, without a husband." It was uncomfortable. In Canada, I'd be startled. If I heard something like it in the workplace, I'd consider it to be harassment. But I was born in Ukraine, and I'm certain it would be considered entirely appropriate there. (For context, beating your wife is legal in Russia). To what extent can we expect the locals to adopt our social norms while traveling? You would expect to be catcalled while in Argentina. You wouldn't think of publically kissing your partner and holding his hand in Saudi Arabia because it's your inalienable right. Many bloggers on IG travel frequently, often to places that repress women's rights. What do you think? Personally I struggle with the thought of promoting tourism to countries with severe human rights issues, but to me, creepy remarks potentially meant as a compliment are not enough to start a fight. How about you?