Lisa Mirza Grotts
Etiquette Expert, Author
Posted: November 23, 2010 12:40 PM

Christopher Columbus may be the best-known traveler who didn’t know where he was going, but many of us think nothing of flying around the globe to a land where the people and culture are foreign to us. Keep in mind that when traveling abroad, diplomacy isn’t just for diplomats! Every courtesy should be afforded to our friends in other countries, and we should always take care to be respectful of cultural differences.
The Golden Rule of international travel is that adapting to local customs is basic courtesy. While most countries will not expect you to be an expert about their culture, they will appreciate a bit of knowledge.
Some general guidelines apply, no matter where you travel. Mary Bosrock (, author of the book series Put Your Best Foot Forward, cites ten rules for international travel, including never make assumptions; don’t compare the place you’ll be visiting to home; never talk about money; don’t wear inappropriate attire, don’t neglect the dining etiquette of the country, and make sure you use no inappropriate body language.
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