The Slickrock Bike Trail. Photo © Bill McRae.

Biking in Moab: Tours, Tips and Etiquette

Moab is the West’s most noted mountain bike destination. Here’s everything you need to know about setting out on the trails, from prepping for your trip and helping preserve the fragile desert to bike rentals, repairs, and cycling tours.

A row of draft beer spigots line in the bar in a traditional English pub.

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.

A row of kneeling statues with their hands in the wai pose.

Conduct and Etiquette in Thailand

Thais are generally an extremely friendly, social, and curious people. A mai pen rai attitude, which loosely translates as “no worries,” pervades casual social interactions. That said, failing to observe certain key social customs may offend. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the wai, daily conduct and etiquette, and how to properly address everyone from coworkers to shop clerks.

Waiting in line at the Bank of London. Photo © Sean O'Neill, licensed Creative Commons 2.0.

Day-to-Day Etiquette in London

While Americans are generally regarded as being forthright and on the loud side, the British are known quite rightly for their steely reserve, as well as their ironic and sarcastic sense of humor. On the whole, you’ll find plenty of day-to-day formality in Britain and the best way to avoid a cultural mishap-and not commit a dreaded ‘jump the queue’ move-is to brush up before you go

Bronze statue depicting the Maori in Wellington Harbourfront. Photo © Patricia Hofmeester/123rf.

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.

People queued at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

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.

A mother and daughter standing on their porch in Nicaragua. Photo © Robert Lerich/123rf.

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.

A Mayan woman and child from the Huehuetenango highlands. Photo © Al Argueta.

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.

Colorful murals adorn homes in Ataco, El Salvador.

Etiquette in El Salvador

Etiquette in El Salvador isn’t particularly complicated, but there are day-to-day situations these useful phrases and tips will help you smoothly navigate.