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Chapter 24. International travel > Cultural orientations

Cultural orientations

When traveling internationally, it’s important that you eliminate any ideas of cultural superiority. Try not to think of cultures in terms of good or bad. Cultures are simply different. Showing respect for other cultures is not only polite, but it also improves your ability to do business with people in other countries. Strains in international business relationships usually stem from a lack of understanding or respect for cultural and social aspects.

The best way to prepare for international travel is to learn about the place you’ll be visiting. One place to start is the U.S. State Department’s Web site at www.state.gov. This Web site provides information about political unrest, entry regulations, driving requirements, and currency. Other Web sites and travel books offer information about the cultural orientations of the area you are visiting. Co-workers who have made trips to the location in the past can also provide you with helpful insights.


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