Global Jetiquette

As we travel the world, it's essential to familiarize ourselves with the local customs and protocol of the areas we will visit during our trip. Certain habits and behaviors may be appropriate at home or in some countries but considered rude or offensive in others. 

We recently had some leading experts of travel etiquette share their thoughts and tips with us on a recent episode of The Jet Set and here is what they had to say: 

Some quick takeaways: 

Pamela Eyring
President, Protocol School of Washington

In Egypt, always accept offers tea or other gestures of hospitality from your host. To refuse would most likely be considered insulting. 

In the Middle East and other regions, back pats or touching someone's arm, elbow or shoulder is considered inappropriate and lacking decorum. 

Phil Shawe
CEO,  TransPerfect

Asjust to your destination's time-zone before departing in order to arrive rested and refreshed. 

Lindsey Ueberroth
President and CEO, Preferred Hotels and Resorts

In Asia, never leave your chopsticks upright in a bowl of noodles. It denotes death in China and Japan and is considered inappropriate.