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5 Tips for Sustainable Travel in 2021

By |2021-02-01T15:23:29-06:00February 1st, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Travel|

Image Source: stock.adobe.com By malp The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the United Nations emphasize numerous criteria for responsible travel. Many travelers have inquired about the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria. The GSTC provides a set of minimum requirements that a tourism business or destination must aspire to for approval:  environmentally friendly tourism practices; protecting [...]

Colombian Christmas Customs Celebrated by a Colombian Millennial

By |2020-12-18T14:23:31-06:00December 18th, 2020|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Global, Global Traditions, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia Photo by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger studying and living in Geneva, Switzerland. Sophie was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. “Day of the Little Candles”: Translated to el dia de las velitas and celebrated on December 7, this day brings the formal start [...]

2020 Guide to Holiday Tipping During the Pandemic – Sharon Schweitzer

By |2020-12-02T10:26:43-06:00November 20th, 2020|Lifestyle, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

The COVID-19 pandemic will impact U.S. tipping customs so holiday gratuities will look different in 2020. We have all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic so we will need to be more thoughtful. It can be difficult to determine how much to spend and what gifts are acceptable this year. It’s important to note that [...]

2019 Guide to Holiday Tipping- Sharon Schweitzer

By |2019-11-18T17:24:49-06:00November 18th, 2019|Lifestyle, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

Worldwide, the holiday season is filled with a sense of giving. No matter where you happen to be, you may be swept up in this spirit of generosity. The concept of holiday tipping can be a challenge for the present day tipper. With the ever changing standards, and different rules for each job position, it’s [...]

3 Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier without Technology

By |2019-10-29T08:08:04-05:00June 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Translation, Travel|

Chef Michael by Sharon Schweitzer Recently I spent 3 weeks in France, where we spent 7 nights on an Abercrombie & Kent canal barge cruise. Our travels started in Paris and continued to Champagne. We then boarded a cruise to Beaune with dear ones celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday. One morning, [...]

5 Communication Tips for Your Travels Abroad

By |2019-04-29T14:16:31-05:00May 9th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Lost by Pexels For many English speakers, the linguistic challenges to traveling abroad are reduced due to the prevalence of English as a widely spoken lingua franca. However, language is not all there is to successful communication. Here are 5 non-verbal tips to consider for your travels abroad: Body Language: Body language [...]

5 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

By |2019-04-08T13:11:08-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Intercultural, International Observances, Ramadan, Travel|

Abu Dhabi Arches by Pexels Approximate 2019 U.S. Ramadan dates: the evening of May 5 to the evening of June 4 This May, Muslims worldwide share in fasting, festive dinners, and faith. Ramadan is crucial to  Islam, so we share key information that will be helpful when conducting business with Muslim counterparts [...]

Celebrating Japan’s Golden Week: 4 Official Holidays 2019

By |2019-04-29T12:52:50-05:00April 29th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Japan, Travel|

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan by Pexels One of Japan’s most cherished celebrations, Golden Week spans April 29 - May 5th. This week is a special time when the entire country celebrates cultural traditions by observing four historical holidays. Companies close their doors and employees enjoy a week of paid vacation. Global business [...]

Go – Green or Go Home: 5 Eco-Tips on Being more Green at Work

By |2019-04-08T12:01:18-05:00April 16th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Earth, Environment, Global, Lifestyle, Travel|

Moss by Pexels April 22nd marks International Earth Day, the official celebration of the modern environmental movement which started in the 1970s. Global Warming is a critical issue today and as inhabitants of this planet, it is our duty to take care of it. Make green action a priority both personally and [...]

8 Ways to Celebrate International World Happiness Day

By |2019-03-21T13:19:25-05:00March 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays, Travel|

Access to Asia Signing by Sharon Schweitzer Happiness is a fabulous state of mind - many of us can remember the days and times that have brought us the happiest memories. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be happy for the majority of your life? Believe it or not, happiness can be influenced [...]

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