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Hand Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries

Just because a hand gesture is safe to do in the United States doesn’t mean it’s safe to do in foreign countries. Doing any one of these normally innocent gestures in the wrong place could start a fight or even land you in jail! Crossed Fingers Horns Sign OK Sign Thumbs Up While crossing your […]

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A Guide To Dating And Sex Around The World

There are many motivations to travel – adventure, learning, culture – but, hey, a little loving on the way helps. Here’s a guide to getting dates, relationships and old fashioned casual sex around the world. Excuse the stereotypes, but there’s at least a bit of truth in each of these statements. ARGENTINA Dating is easy […]

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Greetings Across The Globe

Kiss, hug or shake hands? The rules for saying hello can be very complicated and quite different from one country to another. Over much of the planet, people shake hands when they meet. In many other cultures, they also kiss. Some kiss on one cheek, some on both, yet others kiss three times! Beyond the […]

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Cross Cultural Comparisons: First Names And Forms Of Address

Proper introductions get relationships off on the right foot. “Of all social forms, I find proper introductions to be the most difficult. The combination of unarticulated expectations, conventions, and motives creates great potential for unparalleled awkwardness.” ~ Prem Krishnamurthy NORTH AMERICA USA – Once you’re introduced to someone (besides the President and other lofty figures), you can […]

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10 Jaw-Dropping Traditions From Around The World

There are traditions many of us are accustomed to, traditions like Christmas, having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or getting paddled during initiation by your fraternity brothers. Other cultures participate in rituals just a little more intense than our own. 1. Man Down Russian Drinking Game In Russia, it’s a traditional drinking game for men together and […]

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CouchSurfing

Since 2001 CouchSurfing has become a worldwide phenomena with over 2 million members. Members register their details on a website inviting overseas travelers to stay at their hospitality for a few days, in return when the host goes traveling, they become the CouchSurfer on someone else’s couch in a different country, and so the cycle of goodwill […]

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How To Blend In With The Locals

No matter where you are staying there will be a friendly face you encounter frequently. This may be the receptionist at your hotel, the owner of your rental property or even the waiter at your favourite coffee shop. Offering this person your best warm smile will encourage communication in a genuine way. Asking for advice, […]

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The Sex Education of Grindr’s Joel Simkhai

Though he has inarguably effected seismic changes in contemporary gay male culture, altering not only how men meet, but also how they portray and even see themselves, he thinks of himself, he said, primarily as a service provider LOS ANGELES — High on a ridge here, up a series of winding roads from Sunset Boulevard, […]