Everyday Customs & Etiquette in Mexico

While good manners are universally appreciated, Mexicans know that foreigners may not understand the country’s codes and customs. Politeness, patience, and a smile go a long way, but here is some additional information to make eating meals or greeting strangers go more smoothly.

British Drinking Etiquette

There is no table service at pubs in Britain, so getting a drink is a free-for-all at the bar. If you don’t want to stand out from the crowd, read on for a quick overview of pints, rounds, and whether or not you can order your favorite cocktail.

Chinese Dining Customs

Did you know that splitting the cost of a meal in China is considered rude? Or that if you find it tough to use chopsticks, holding the bowl close to your mouth is perfectly acceptable? Read on for details about what to expect when eating like a local in China.

Understanding South Korean Customs and Etiquette

The basic Korean rules of conduct could almost be viewed as opposite to the Western ones. Read on to develop an understanding of how Korean customs and day-to-day etiquette differs from what most Western travelers or hopeful expats are accustomed to.

Moving Your Possessions to Brazil

With the exception of books, which can be sent quite cheaply by mail, shipping possessions to Brazil from North America is very expensive. Michael Sommers lets you know what to look for in a shipping company and what to keep in mind when making your move.

Planning a Move to Brazil: Fact-Finding

If you’re thinking about moving to Brazil, it’s wise to spend some time getting a sense of the country and the culture, not to mention housing and job possibilities, before you go ahead and take the plunge. Brazil expert Michael Sommers helps you plan an essential fact-finding trip.

Dos and Don’ts When Living In or Visiting Japan

When you visit another culture, you inevitably run into situations where local people speak or act in ways that seem surprising or even rude, based on your internalized rules of behavior. To help you find your way, here’s a quick list of dos and don’ts when living in or visiting Japan.