conduct and customs

Tipping in London

When you first come to another country, it is difficult to know when, who, or how much you should tip the service provider. Certainly here in the United Kingdom there isn’t the strong tipping culture that you get in the United States, where tips are considered part of a service provider’s pay. With this ambiguity in mind, here is a quick guide to tipping in London.

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Enjoying Meals in Thailand

Thailand is having a love affair with food, which ensures that you can generally eat whenever you want to without worrying about offending anyone (the one place you can’t eat, however, is on the Bangkok subway or Skytrain). Learn about common meal times in the region and what to expect from Thai cuisine.

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New Zealand Etiquette and Cultural Customs

Kiwis are quite proud of their national identity, and they will appreciate you embracing their ways as a newcomer. Respect the way things are done in New Zealand, including recognizing the bicultural elements of their culture involving the Maori. Generally, you’ll find Kiwi culture is very informal. If you want to fit in, the best thing you can do is relax and try to have some fun.

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Customs and Etiquette in Paris

One of the first things you’ll notice about living in Paris is the formal politesse that pervades daily interactions. More important than mimicking the French version of Emily Post is to simply treat everyone you encounter with respect. Do as the locals do and be liberal with your pleases and thank-yous.

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Nicaraguan Customs and Etiquette

Nicaraguans are generally open, talkative, and hospitable. In most areas of the country, Nicaraguans are accustomed to seeing foreigners, but they are still curious and not very discreet. Learning what to expect from your host country’s people, what they expect from you, and the the ins and outs of daily life when it comes to customs and etiquette will go a long way in making your travels smoother.

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A Guide to Nicaragua’s Restrooms

Make your day-to-day a lot easier in Nicaragua–and anywhere else for that matter–by having a good grasp on the absolute basic of all basics: toilet and shower facilities. Expert author Elizabeth Perkins presents this handy guide on the full range of potential bathroom situations, from mastering the manual flush to avoiding cold showers, to keep your day from going down the drain.

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Etiquette and Customs in Guatemala

You’ll find most Guatemalans are warm and friendly, and Guatemalans from all walks of life value politeness and good manners. Getting to know social etiquette, common customs, and general expectations in appearance and conduct–especially the courtesy you should show when seeking photographs–will go far in making your travels easier and much more genuine.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.