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8 Common Gestures That Can Cause Offense Abroad

In pretty much every country around the world, there are certain hand gestures that are seen as offensive.
The worst part is, gestures that are commonplace (and not seen as offensive) in America can be extremely …

Blending In: How to Not Look Like a Tourist

There are many advantages to blending in and not looking like a tourist when traveling.
Thieves and pickpockets will be less likely to eye you up as a potential target, and con artists will be less …

International Food Etiquette You Need to Know

If you want to avoid offending the locals or standing out like a blatant tourist, you’ll need to know the food etiquette of the country you’re visiting.
As the saying goes: “When in Rome, do …

How to Interact with Locals Abroad

Generally, when traveling you’ll either be in a tourist area (such as Khao San Road in Bangkok) or a non-tourist area (such as the mountainous foothills of Bolivia).
In both types of area you’ll have opportunities …

Traveling in Politically Unstable Countries

The 9/11 attacks in New York and the recent trouble in Egypt has shown us that even the most stable of countries can sometimes fall into disarray.
Because of the way that almost every country now …

How to Use a Squat Toilet

During your travels, if you go to any exotic locations (such as South-East Asia or Africa), it’s highly likely that at some point you’ll come across a ‘squat toilet’ (i.e. a toilet without a seat …

Respecting Other Cultures – How to Avoid Offending the Locals

Tourism is often said to be the world’s largest industry, and with the number of tourists heading abroad each year in the hundreds of millions it is no surprise that tourists/travelers have a huge effect …