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By: John Rowlinson - Updated: 29 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
About Our Site

TravelEtiquette was formed to offer a unique reference point on essential etiquette advice and information for worldwide travel.

Much of the thrill of travelling comes from steeping yourself in a foreign culture whose customs and traditions may be vastly different from the ones you're used to back home. But while confronting the unknown can be exciting, too much of it may be undesirable. Ignorance is not always bliss, particularly if it means stumbling around blindly in a foreign culture like a bull in a china shop.

Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, offending the sensibilities of your hosts is rarely a good thing. At best, you may be dismissed as an uncouth or insensitive foreigner and suffer damage to your personal relationships; at worst, you may suffer the collapse of a business deal or, in some parts of the world, even provoke violence against yourself if you trample on some cherished local custom.

In Barcelona, is it OK to speak Castilian Spanish or will the Catalans be offended? In Munich, should you say "Guten Tag" or "Gruess Gott"? Should British women wear veils on a visit to the Middle East? Is it true men have to kiss other men in France? These and other fascinating points of etiquette will be examined fully and frankly on our site.

Our concern was that there was no single UK resource for interesting features and practical advice on this subject.

Our features and articles are written by experts - who have experience, or a particular interest in this area.

Our Background

TravelEtiquette was founded by John Rowlinson, the founder of PtS.

John, through PtS, is involved in a number of ventures including software and property companies. A percentage of revenue from these activities goes towards funding TravelEtiquette and a number of similar sites.

Our focus is simply on having experts create the highest quality information possible that is widely read.

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    This is an answer for Topaz about gift. no its not mandatory, you can come and bring nothing. its just rude impolite and greedy from them to…
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    I enjoyed your article. You may have saved me from future embarrassment. It is funny. Some of the traits you mentioned as Scandinavian…
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    Re: Good Manners in Bulgaria
    This was really nice to know,I really liked the second helping thing and also the kiss on the cheek.
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    On a recent trip, after the owner of the hotel gave me a lift, he kissed me on both cheeks after I tipped him. I was a bit taken back. What…
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    This helps me so much with my International Day project.
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    While I'm not asking this question based on travel experiences, rather it is based on some photos of a woman form Nairobi, Kenya. She has…
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