Showing hello: 15 ways people greet each other around the world

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A tourist meets a local farmer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, offering a traditional “wai” greeting.  IMAGE: HUGH SITTON/CORBIS

There are a number of ways to say hello around the world, and just as many ways to show them.  These traditional greetings, ranging from region to region, have developed into cultural norms — often to show respect. Take a peek at this helpful infographic made by Two Little Fleas, showing us the different ways people from all over the globe greet one another. And if you’re planning a trip anytime soon, take notes so you’re not lost in translation.READ MORE

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U.S. Relaxes Rules on Cuba Travel

A tourist bus in Old Havana on Thursday. U.S. law forbids tourist travel to Cuba but several tour operators said business has been booming.
A tourist bus in Old Havana on Thursday. U.S. law forbids tourist travel to Cuba but several tour operators said business has been booming. ENRIQUE DE LA OSA/REUTERS

The U.S. will allow eligible citizens to travel to Cuba on the honor system, eliminating a requirement for many to seek prior approval and making visits easier for thousands of Americans, according to details released Thursday.

U.S. law forbids tourist travel to Cuba. Under the law, U.S. citizens may visit only if their travel fits into one of a dozen categories, including family visits, humanitarian work and journalism, and many eligible travelers have needed a license from the U.S. government to visit, in addition to obtaining a Cuban visa.

Under the new policy, an administration official said on Thursday, citizens still may only travel to Cuba for eligible purposes, but they will no longer need a U.S. government license to do so.  READ MORE

A Global Travel Guide to Dining Etiquette

If you are what you eat, you are also how you eat.

BY JEFF HADEN @JEFF_HADEN, INC.com

Let’s say you’re dining with clients in Portugal. Did you know it’s considered an insult to the chef if you ask for salt and pepper to season your food?

Me either.Or, say, you’re dining with clients in India. Did you know eating with your left hand is considered to be unclean?  Me either.

To make sure you adapt your manners to those of the country you travel to next, here’s a cool infographic from The Restaurant Choice. Check it out … and make sure that, when you’re in Thailand, you only use your fork to push food onto your spoon! VIEW THE INFOGRAPHIC

 

The 15 Countries Spending the Most on Business Travel

The 15 Countries Spending the Most on Business Travel

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Businesspeople from the U.S. spend more on work-related travel than corporate travelers from any other country in the world, but Chinese business-travel spending is expected to overtake the U.S. in the near future, according to a new report from the Global Business Travel Association.

With email, phone and video conferencing, and considering the time and expense required to travel, it may be tempting to stay chained to your desk. But there’s no replacing the connection of sharing a meal with a client, shaking hands and talking eye to eye. In the coming years, U.S. entrepreneurs may have to spend more time on planes headed East to stay competitive.

 

In 2012, professionals in the U.S. spent $262 billion on business travel, including both domestic and international trips, according to a report from the business travel and corporate meetings organization GBTA, released today. While that’s more than the $196 billion Chinese business travelers spent last year, business-travel spending in China grew 13.2 percent — three times the 4.4 percent growth rate in the U.S. By 2016, Chinese business travelers are expected to spend more than those from the U.S., according to the report.

In the coming years, the GBTA also expects India and Brazil to become increasingly aggressive when it comes to packing a suitcase and hitting the road. And while business travel in Western Europe has been on the slower side, as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece have struggled with crippling debt, the GBTA says the worst is over and expects business travel in those regions to begin picking up.

Based on the GBTA study of 75 countries, here’s a look at the top 15 by total business-travel spending in 2012, with percentage growth from the previous year:

1. U.S., $262 billion, 4.4%
2. China, $196 billion,13.2%
3. Japan, $65.2 billion, -1.2%
4. Germany, $50.5 billion, 1.1%
5. U.K., $40.2 billion, 0.1%
6. France, $35.7 billion, -2.1%
7. Italy, $32.7 billion, -7.5%
8. South Korea, $30.5 billion, 2.8%
9. Brazil, $30.1 billion, 9.3%
10. India, $22.1 billion, 5.8%
11. Canada, $22.0 billion, 1.4%
12. Australia, $21.1 billion, 2.8%
13. Russia, $20.4 billion, 2.6%
14. Spain, $17.9 billion, -8.0%
15. Netherlands, $17.8 billion, -4.5%

How does your business decide it’s worth it to spend money on international travel? Where do you go the most? Leave a note below, and let us know what you think.

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227717#ixzz2bJ6DqBCr

The 12 Top Apps for Business Travel

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QUESTION: Summer means travel == What new apps are making traveling easier and more fun than ever for entrepreneurs on the go?

Question by: Ashley

Square to get paid anywhere

“I’m a big fan of Square. It allows me to accept credit card payments for books and other materials on my Android when I’m out and about at a speaking engagement or conference.”
– Alexandra Levit | President and Founder, Inspiration at Work

Hotel tonight for on-the-go-bookings

Hotel Tonight allows you to book hotel rooms the same day. I have friends who never pre-book hotels anymore — they simply fly into any major city and, upon landing, make a booking.”

– Matt Mickiewicz | Co-Founder, Flippa and 99designs

Tripit is my travel bible

TripIt is absolutely incredible — it automatically pulls of your travel plans from your email into an organized app on your phone. You just click on the name of the trip to see reservation numbers, flight times, hotel check-in times and more all in one simple list. No more frantically searching through your email trying to find your booking number at the airport!”
– Laura Roeder | Founder, LKR Social Media

Join the gogobot community

GoGoBot definitely makes travel more fun. It’s a network that you just need to use if you’re into traveling.”
– Ben Lang | Founder, EpicLaunch

That weather app is necessary!

“Being a travel photographer and entreprenuer, weather is extremely important to me. Not only does it help me plan my photoshoots for landscape images, but it also helps me prepare my day in a new city.”
– Angela Pan | Owner/Photographer, Angela B Pan Photography

Trippy

“In the words of Hansel from the movie Zoolander, “Trippy is hot right now.” This company has done a great job mixing the adventure of travel with benefits and tools of social networking. Good luck and happy travels!”
– Kent Healy | Founder and CEO, The Uncommon Life

Blurtt it out while on the go

“This app allows you to add captions to your photos. In other words, when traveling, I often find myself in a situation with a great line to share with friends and family, Blurttallows me to voice my thought and add a photo at the same time. The application is fun and easy to use — give it a try, add a photo to your caption and “say more with less.””
– George Mavromaras | Founder and President, Mavro Inc. | Praetor Global LLC.

Always go with AirBNB

“Sometimes, hotels are just too expensive. I love Airbnb, which is a service where you can list and rent rooms/homes from private individuals. It’s a great way to save money and, on occasion, find an awesome friend or business contact.”
– Eric Bahn | Founder, Beat The GMAT

Forget about confusion with flighttrack

FlightTrack helps keep you on schedule for flights and even provides maps of airports, which can get really tricky for entrepreneurs who travel a lot. This app even hooks up with TripIt, which can create an entire travel itinerary for you and put it on your online calendar. “
– John Hall | CEO, Influence & Co.

Give others a glympse

“When I’m traveling, Glympse lets me easily update people on when I’m going to arrive where — it lets people see my planned route and updates continuously with my current location. I love being on the other end, too because it helps me tweak my schedule so that I know if someone is running late or early.”
– Thursday Bram | Consultant, Hyper Modern Consulting

Clockworkmod tether changed my life

“I often take the train into NYC for networking events, but I wasn’t able to do work on my way in since there was no Wi-Fi. After taking 15 minutes to setup ClockwordMod Tether, I was able to tether my Droid to my laptop — for free! Now I can travel and work virtually anywhere, anytime, without requiring Wi-Fi. It’s empowering!”
– Matthew Ackerson | Founder, Saber Blast

Everything with evernote

Evernote has made my business and personal travel so much easier! When I’m traveling and on the go, I can take photos, type in notes or add flight information, and it keeps it all within reach. Whenever I need to seek them out again, I have them right there. Even if I take a photo, it will find what I’m searching for by identifying any text — whether on a sign, receipt or something else.”
– Steven Le Vine | CEO/President, grapevine pr

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