Here I would like to publish various short readings which may be useful for the interaction with locals. It's not some meant as some ultimate, comprehensive guide, but rather a motley of things I learned over the years, either from friends or my own experience.
Georgian guide will never carry your backpack - that´s what horses are for. Porters, so widespread in Himalayas or Andes are here virtually non-existent. Don´t expect your Georgian guide to wake you up in the morning with a cup of hot chocolate (ok, he may come with cha-cha, but that´s different).
There is no point in complaining about this lack of service, rather accept it as a local specifics. And it has also it´s positives - it feels much better to have “a local companion” than a servant, at least to me.
What to say? First, just remember the last time when you invited a stranger to your home. Georgians are overall pretty hospitable, but this behaviour can’t be taken for granted, especially in touristy areas. It greatly depends on the circumstances. I was hosted several times and treasure each of these experiences, but would never use “how many times I was invited” number as a benchmark of a successful trip. The best thing about these encounters is their spontaneity. Some things simply can’t be planned and this is one of them. So it's recommended to not expect anything at all and be (maybe) pleasantly surprised than the other way around. And if you get lucky, always try (at least when it’s appropiate) to somehow repay the hospitability you get, even if your hosts refuse money (food, drinks, send them your photos etc.).
Therefore, you need to learn to say 'no'. Some people use the "doctor forbid" excuse (which is lame since you have to lie). Others drink a few shots and then pretend to be much more drunk than they really are so their host is satisfied and leaves them alone (which is also not honest, but infinitely more fun). I recommend to be completely open - tell them you already had enough and don´t want to drink anymore in order to be fit in the morning. Problem is that it can sour the atmosphere, some people see it as offending since I am "refusing their hospitality". But that´s their problem, not yours. After all, what´s the purpose of hospitality? To make your guest feel comfortable. It shouldn´t serve as an excuse to test how much booze he can handle.
So what is this all about? In Slovakia, we jokingly say “only the third ‘no’ counts”. Unfortunately, in Georgia, foreign woman’s “no” is often not taken for an answer at all. What’s the reason? In Georgia, by tradition, the woman entering the marriage is expected to be a virgin. However, no such demand is placed on men. Quite the opposite - they are expected to to be the ones who know what to do. This, logically, creates a huge disparity between the number of women and men willing to exchange their bodily fluids. As result, some Georgians go for foreigners, especially since they have a reputation of being "easy".
These advances are often very direct. Why? Let´s show it on the example of traditional Georgian dances. The woman is always that etheric, seemingly disinterested entity floating around while the man is working his ass off trying to impress her, jumping, spinning etc. Same in the real life - rejected man often feels that "he just didn´t try hard enough" and this brings misunderstandings.
How to avoid it? That´s hard. First of all, you can´t go wrong if you are careful around new acqintances, especially if you are a woman travelling alone. Avoid getting into the situations where you would be vulnerable. And if you are not interested in the relationship/sex, don´t give the men any reason to think so. Unnecessary flirting, no matter how harmless in your country is seen differently there. Define your limits and if someone tries to break them, be very resolute.
Many single girls, especially travelling in a group, sometimes create fake stories they present to Georgians they meet - about some of their companions being their brother/boyfriend etc. So the girl seems to be “taken” and noone bothers her. We did it earlier, too, but I am not sure if I would recommend it. Because in such situation you are lying to someone you don’t know yet and assume that he is that “wrong kind of a guy”. And that’s not too fair...
Of course, this has also limits - be resolute and loud, but not aggresive. I know, sometimes it’s hard to estimate what is OK and what is not, that’s up to you. So don’t send me your hospital bill if something goes wrong :)