Travelling with Etiquette?

For many of us, the word etiquette calls up the name Guth-Jarkovský, the author of books which influenced the manners of many generations. Did you know that he also wrote a book about rules of behaviour while travelling? Over one hundred years later, his instructions might make us smile, but many are still relevant.

Jiří Stanislav Guth-Jarkovský published the book named Tourism (Tourist’s Catechism) in 1917. It is amazing to observe the development not only of the manners, but the whole area of travelling. Just look at the passage dedicated to travelling by train. Its first sentence must put a smile on your lips: “All the passengers dwelling in a train compartment are absolutely equal, because they all equally pay for their journey.” The future generations might know train compartments only from historical films. And a unified price? That is also a thing of the past; now we have dynamic pricing. Some social rules have been replaced with business models. “Once we have sat down on a seat, or put our personal belongings on it, we cannot be required to free it for anyone else, not even a lady,” said Guth-Jarkovský in 1917. Today – at least on our trains – you buy a ticket for a specific seat, so there is no dilemma whether to be polite to ladies.

Spain and perhaps also other countries, it is felt as an obligation to offer other passengers food and cigarettes,” he says. Although Leo Express is partly owned by a Spanish company, we can assure you that nobody will offer you cigarettes on our trains or bother you with cigarette smoke. The times have changed, and so have the manners.

Text: Petr Manuel Ulrych
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The article is to be find in
magazine of Leo Express.

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