Whether for business or pleasure, it’s likely you leave the country at some point in your lifetime. If you have branches of your company or vendors overseas, you may travel quite frequently. In addition to gains for your business, traveling to another country can help you grow personally and learn to interact with individuals that are different than you.
Ideally, this growth and development of skills will occur through education, rather than costly cultural mistakes. Often, hand gestures or actions mean something entirely different in one culture than another—That’s just one example. Each country has it’s own set of cultures. Some countries have hundreds. When traveling, individuals who are not native to the area can benefit from doing some prior culture research. This article shares crowdsourced wisdom from residents of countries where you might find yourself traveling.