Holiday Culture – a Guide to World Travel

Holidays give us the chance to broaden our minds, expand our horizons and experience new and different cultures. With travel becoming ever more accessible, affordable and flexible, UK holidaymakers are taking the opportunity to head off to explore foreign shores in increasing numbers.

There’s something exciting and educational about spending time somewhere new – seeing how residents in another country or continent live, eat, interact and entertain themselves. Many countries have very different rules, customs and traditions than the UK, and it’s important to be aware and understand these when travelling. That’s why we’ve put together the ‘Visitor’s Guide’, which provide some handy insight on dos and don’ts when travelling.

For each destination useful travel information, such as the key phrases and a guide to greeting etiquette, is featured in the ‘Visitor’s Guide’. For example, when in Greece we advise to not wave with an open hand because it is considered offensive to show the palm of your hand.

In Croatia, local’s believe in ‘ladies first’ so men must always shake a woman’s hand first on greeting.  In Thailand, when dining make sure you use a spoon instead of a fork, as forks are used simply to push food onto the spoon. In Cyprus, Turkish Cypriots may lower their eyes when greeting you, but don’t be offended as this is a sign of respect.

The data cards also list some fascinating facts about each country, giving holidaymakers a taste of useful trivia. Did you know that Croatia has more hours of sunshine than Sydney, Australia? And Mexico is home to the world’s largest pyramid, not Egypt! Greece benefits from 3,000 hours of sun a year; the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest in Europe at 10.5 miles; France’s Eiffel Tower is painted every seven years.

Those are just some of the interesting facts you’ll find on these cards. Read on and discover more about some of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Once you’ve brushed up on your knowledge, why not start booking and exploring?