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Cultures and Etiquette

Understanding the customs, cultures
and etiquette of the people you are visiting will help make your trip more enjoyable and may prevent some unpleasant experiences.  Some cultures will be similar to your own and some will be very different.  We have found some good resources on the web to help you.  We also include Culture links on many of our Place and City Toolbars for countries and cities of the world in our World Links section. Most travel guides and travel websites with country and city information also include some information on local customs. Although we have both a Personal and Business Travel Etiquette section on this page, most of the Business Travel Etiquette rules apply to personal travel as well.
 
 
 Personal Travel Etiquette

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 To search the web, enter the name of the country or place and the word etiquette or travel etiquette:
Examples: Japan travel etiquette
or Japan etiquette 

 Free Online Resources  
Most of the business etiquette websites we list in our Business Travel Etiquette section on this page include etiquette rules that apply to leisure as well as business situations so you might want to check those out as well if you don't find what you want.

About.com-Travel Etiquette  An excellent website with good travel etiquette links.
  
eHow -Cultures *** How To Do Just About everything - This is their cultures section covering many of the countries of the world that includes practical etiquette information.
 
EverycultureThey have extensive social and cultural information for many countries that includes some etiquette information which you will find by scrolling down the page or doing a web page search using your browser's Find on this Page feature,
 
Kwintessential - Cross Cultural Solutions *** They have a number of cultural and etiquette products. An excellent sources of culture, business and social etiquette information for selected countries of the world. 
 
Wikipedia - Etiquette.  Worldwide etiquette by continent and some major countries.
 
Cyber Passport*** An excellent resource for tourists who want to learn about the etiquette of countries of the world. They cover dining, communication, dress, gifts, protocol in public and business and school cultures.
 
Travel Etiquette.  This is an excellent website with travel etiquette information for many countries.
 
Bomis.com - Customs and Etiquette Web Ring   Once at the site, type in the place you will be visiting in their Search box and then you will get a list of customs and Etiquette websites related to your selection. 
 
 Commercial Products - many are available for download after payment. We are not affiliated with any of them.
 
CultureGrams   CultureGrams are reports by country that introduce you to a nation's customs, lifestyles, and society. They also have Kid-friendly versions for many countries. They are available for purchase as either  download versions or can be mailed to you.   Sample reports are available.
 
business
 Business Travel Etiquette 

 To search the web, enter the name of the country or place and the words business travel etiquette:
Example: France business travel etiquette

 Free Online Resources
 
Buzzle.com   The best free website we have found with business travel etiquette>
 
Executiveplanet.com   Their mission is to help business travelers travel with greater cultural awareness. They have up-to-date and relevant information on international business culture, customs and protocol, and more. The information is organized by country.
 
Kwintessential - Cross Cultural Solutions *** They have a number of cultural and etiquette products. An excellent sources of culture, business and social etiquette information for selected countries of the world. 
 
American Express - Tips for Travelers.  They have a summary page on general Cultural Etiquette and Cross-Cultural Communications advice for American business people traveling aboard.
 
 Commercial Products - many are available for download after payment. We are not affiliated with any of them.
 
Berlitz® Cultural Consulting  The Berlitz company offers cultural consulting services to companies. Click on View Our Services under Our Corporate Services and then choose Cultural Consulting.
 
Business Culture   Find out about business culture, practices, protocol, customs and business etiquette for countries of the world.  A fee is charged for their excellent and comprehensive reports.
 
BusinessTravelogue.com   Another source of business reports on countries that includes etiquette information.
 
Globalworkshop.com  Another source of business reports on countries that includes etiquette information.  They also provide consulting and training to companies.
 
Kwintessential - Cross Cultural Solutions *** They have a number of cultural and etiquette products. An excellent sources of culture, business and social etiquette information for selected countries of the world. 
 
The Web of Culture This company provides cultural information and services to businesses worldwide including books on international business and support for website globalization.  This is a very nice, well-presented site.
  
Worldbiz.com This is an excellent site that covers almost all the  countries of the world. The following information is available email or fax after payment. They have extensive information on international business practices, protocol, and etiquette. They also cover cross-cultural communication, negotiating tactics and country-specific data.
 
Country Reports  Excellent information on countries plus their cultures and etiquette.  You must be a subscriber.  Here is a sample country report.
  

 
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