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A Holiday Gift for Your Healthy Traveler

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starter-set-birdseyeI look forward to Thanksgiving every year. This year was no disappointment as I happily realized that the gravy and stuffing that I crave all year are actually worth every calorie. But finding the energy to tackle my shopping on Friday was a little tough. So I went to the basement and picked up my handy Crossropes and got to jumping!

If I had to identify the best thing about Crossropes, it would have to be convenience. It’s a great cardio activity that can be done inside or outside, and requires very little space and only one piece of equipment. This convenience is further enhanced by the handy guide book that coaches you to “jump without limits.”

The second best thing about Crossropes is that the mere appearance of them gets the whole family inspired to exercise! When my kids see me jump roping, they want to as well. And since I have the Crossropes in two different weights, there is an option for them and an option for me. The handles switch quickly and easily so it’s easy to pass the fun around.

The workout you create using the Crossrope system can be great for the core, the legs, the arms and the heart. You can go with a heavier rope or a lighter one depending on your goals: they range in weight from 1 oz to 2 lbs. You can take this workout with you wherever you travel.

With packages starting at $ 59, it’s a nice item for your holiday list – either to get for others or for others to get for you. Happy skipping!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 29, 2016 at 17:24

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Staying Fit with Your Family During the Holidays

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The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can derail even the most meticulous diet and exercise plan, especially if you’re traveling to another city or country to visit your family. You’ll have unexpected obligations, unfamiliar surroundings, and – if your family is anything like mine – giant holiday meals to contend with during those six festive weeks. However, if you go into the holidays with a plan and a little willpower to stick with it, you can make it through with your fitness intact. Follow these tips to stay healthy over the holidays.

Keep Moving

Instead of slumping over at the airport gate while waiting during a layover, take a walk around the airport terminal. Staying active while you’re waiting allows you to take advantage of free time you didn’t expect to have. It’s especially important to keep your legs moving while flying since it helps you fight off potential health risks like deep vein thrombosis.

Explore a New City

Traveling for the holidays offers the perfect opportunity to explore a new city. To say fit, do it on foot or by bike instead of in a car or taxi. Apps such as Strava will display popular running or biking routes near your location based on GPS, so you can explore favorite routes logged by local athletes. You’ll also be able to track your miles and other key stats to keep your fitness routine on track.

Limber Up Before the Big Meal

Before tucking in to the turkey and pumpkin pie, encourage your family to work up an appetite with a group activity like touch football or soccer. It’s easy to set up goals in the backyard or a nearby park, it helps burn calories, and will keep the little ones occupied outside. If the weather is too cold or rainy, opt for an indoor activity that gets the kids up and moving, such as “Simon Says” or “Red Light, Green Light.”

Try the 50-Mile Challenge

Commit to the “50-Mile Challenge” before Thanksgiving. This is your pledge to walk or run 50 miles over the 37 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which is a little over 1.3 miles per day. If you’re already in good shape, make it a 100-mile challenge instead. Make your commitment known at Thanksgiving dinner and see who will join you.

Make It a Bonding Experience

The holidays are about reconnecting with family members you may not see much during the year. If you’re staying for a few days, suggest a walk or hike with your relatives. It will give you a chance to talk and catch up while generating some endorphins – the body’s feel-good hormones.

Get Rid of the All-or-Nothing Mentality

When visiting your family over the holidays, keep in mind that your time will not be your own. This may throw off your normal fitness routine, but don’t let it derail it completely. You may have to cancel or reschedule a workout or two, but don’t use it as an excuse to skip exercising for the entire trip. Improvise and be flexible.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 23, 2016 at 16:50

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The Ins and Outs of International Home Swapping

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international home swapInternational home swapping is a unique approach to vacationing that can lead to the experience of a lifetime. Unlike booking a hotel and participating in the standard sight-seeing tours with the other tourists, you’ll be living alongside the locals and immersing yourself in their culture. It gives you the experience of living in a home away from home. It can also help you save on travel expenses, so it may be possible to take that international dream vacation you’ve had on your bucket list for as long as you can remember.

There are three basic types of international home swapping. You can do a simultaneous exchange, where the international home owner lives in your house while you live in theirs. You can also do a non-simultaneous exchange, staying in someone’s second home or vacation home. The third option is a hospitality exchange, which means that you’re a guest in someone’s house while they’re still at home. Each has its own pros and cons, so you’ll have to decide which is right for you.

5 Tips to Make Your International Home-Swapping Vacation a Success

  • Be Prepared for a Different Kind of Vacation: A home-swapping vacation doesn’t come with the usual amenities. You won’t have a concierge to tell you where to go or maid service to clean up your room. However, if you’re willing to make these concessions, you’ll get something much better in return: living like a local in your chosen destination. You’ll mix with the neighborhood, meet new people and enjoy a slower paced vacation instead of dashing from one tourist trap to the next.
  • Work Out the Details in Advance: It’s important to set expectations with the people you will be swapping homes with well in advance of the trip. Decide on details such as how you will exchange keys, cleaning of the home before and after, and basics such as whether food and linens will be provided.
  • Locate the Closest Hospital and Emergency Services: Ask your host, or research on your own, the locations of the nearest hospital and phone numbers for poison control, police, and the fire department. You should also know how to call for an ambulance in case of an emergency (dialing 911 does not work in all countries). If the international home owner will be staying in your home as well, provide the same information for them.
  • Ask for Local Recommendations: Your host know all of the best restaurants, local hot spots and things to do in the area. While it can be fun to discover these things on your own, ask for a list of the “must-sees” to save yourself some time.
  • Keep Your Safety in Mind: Home swapping requires an exchange of trust as well as houses, so typically there are very few problems with theft or vandalism. However, it’s always a good idea to remove temptation by storing valuables in a safe place. In return, show the same care and respect for the home you’re visiting as you would for your own home.

 If you’re ready to try international home swapping on your next vacation, get started by visiting a home swapping service such as HomeLink, Love Home Swap, or GuesttoGuest. For a fee, these services can help you find a home available for exchange in your desired destination and facilitate the home swap with the owner.

Image from Barterquest.com

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 18, 2016 at 15:37

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Slight Turbulence

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Cowbell Slight Turbulence is Healthy Travel Blog’s cartoon series, provided by Terry LaBan, illustrator for the popular strip, Edge City.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 17, 2016 at 15:23

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Allergies during pregnancy linked with autism, ADHD

Evidence of connections between neurodevelopmental disease and the immune system is steadily growing. Breaking research adds more flesh to the bone.
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Fun, comfort with exercise helps young people with conditions like autism and ADHD remain active

The best way to help young people with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international…
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 15, 2016 at 10:46

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6 Healthy Ways to Explore the Big Island of Hawaii

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The Big Island of Hawaii is the healthy traveler’s mecca. This past summer, a few friends and I packed our bags and went looking for adventure in the South Pacific, and we definitely got our fill. From the hot, dry beaches of Kailua-Kona to the lush rainforests of Kilo, the Big Island really does have something for everyone. When you’re ready for a break from the fun and sun on the beach, here are my top recommendations for other activities you should try while you’re there.

Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visit the Halema’uma’u Crater
The Halema’uma’u crater is located on the top of the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii Volcano National Park. This crater floor is huge – nearly a half mile wide and 270 feet deep. According to Hawaiian mythology, it’s the home of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. There is a hiking trail around the crater with some picture-worthy views. Occasionally, there are active lava flows close enough to reach by foot, so ask at the ranger station before heading out – and be careful!

night-dive-with-manta-raysDive at Night with Manta Rays
Diving with manta rays at night is something you’ll never forget. Unlike swimming with dolphins and all the ethical issues it entails, diving with the mantas is a kinder, gentler experience. Your boat captain drops spotlights into the ocean, which attract plankton – the manta rays’ primary food source. A few minutes later, you’ll be watching giant 12-foot manta rays perform backflips just a few feet below the kickboard you’re floating on. Don’t worry, they don’t bite!

rainbow-fallsHike the Rainforest
Head over to the Hilo side of the island for a hike through the Hawaiian rainforest. One of the most scenic routes is through Wailuka River State Park, which includes the iconic Rainbow Falls. As the name suggests, this 80-foot waterfall is famous for the rainbows that appear in the surrounding mist. The water isn’t safe for swimming near the falls, but look for the hidden rope swing over the river near the park’s entrance.

mauna-keaStargaze on Mauna Kea
Measured from the sea floor, Mauna Kea is taller than Mount Everest. It’s also the only place on earth where you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about two hours, so be careful of altitude sickness. The observatory near the top of the mountain is the perfect location for crystal clear stargazing. Just be sure that you bundle up, since temperatures at night can approach freezing.

Eat Poké in Kailua-Konapoke-at-da-poke-shack
Poké is everywhere in Hawaii. Traditionally, it consists of chunks of tuna marinated in soy and sesame and served with a free-form salad. If you like sushi, you’ll love poké. My favorite spot is Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona. It’s a no-frills establishment with some of the freshest fish around. Grab your poké and enjoy it on the picnic tables in the parking lot outside.

kapoho-tide-poolsExplore the Kapoho Tide Pools
The Kapoho tide pools are nestled behind a protective reef on the Hilo side of the island. You’ll find a maze of shallow pools formed in volcanic rock, some teeming with fish and deep enough to snorkel in. Make sure you bring reef shoes since the rocks are jagged and sharp, and always be aware that once you jump in a pool you’ll also have to find a way to pull yourself out. There’s a portable toilet and small changing room near the tide pools so you can freshen up after your dive.

 

Images:

  • Halemaumau Crater, courtesy of Huffington Post
  • Night Dive with Manta Rays, courtesy of Liquid Hawaii
  • Mauna Kea, courtesy of Mauna Kea Observatory
  • Rainbow Falls, courtesy of Hawaii.com
  • Poke at Da Poke Shack, courtesy of Da Poke Shack
  • Kapoho Tide Pools, courtesy of New York Times

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 11, 2016 at 21:41

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Healthy Recipe: Vegan Chana Masala

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chana masalaPacked with savory spices and creamy coconut milk, this dish tastes so savory, you won’t even realize its vegan. Indian spices contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients. Turmeric in particular is a potent anti-inflammatory, and boosts your body’s ability to defend itself. Spinach, packed with iron, boosts your bones, and chickpeas and quinoa both deliver fiber and protein. Make up a big batch of this recipe to enjoy warming, comforting, and healthy meals all week long.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, leaves removed, and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 serrano chili or jalapeno, chopped (deseed to make it less spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 handfuls cleaned fresh spinach
  • Cooked quinoa, Vegenaise, and fresh lime wedges, to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until slightly charred and almost tender.
  2. While the cauliflower roasts, heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes to soften. Add the chili, garam masala, cumin, and turmeric, and stir well to combine. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and coconut milk, and stir well to combine.
  3. Bring everything up to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cover, and stir occasionally, while the cauliflower finishes roasting. When it’s done, add it to the pot, and stir well.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. To serve, divide the spinach evenly between four bowls, top with warm quinoa and the Chana Masala. The residual heat will wilt the spinach in a few minutes.
  6. If desired, whisk 1 tablespoon Vegenaise with a squeeze of lime juice, and drizzle over each bowl. Enjoy!Note: If you can’t find Vegenaise, try another dairy-free mayo or yogurt substitute. Of if you’re not vegan, substitute unsweetened Greek or regular yogurt.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 4, 2016 at 22:20

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Exploring Europe by Rail: What You Need to Know

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European train travelTraveling by train through Europe is an enjoyable and economical alternative to flying from country to country. Not to mention, you’ll see some of the world’s most magnificent scenery right outside your window instead of 20,000 feet below. However, it’s not quite as simple as just buying a ticket and hopping on the next available train. You’ll need a carefully planned itinerary, an efficient packing strategy, and a sense of adventure.

If you decide to skip the airport in favor of the train for your next trip through Europe, here are some of the basics you should think through before embarking.

Buying Your Ticket

It’s important to spend some time reviewing your options for train tickets. The most popular is option is Eurail, which will help you save money in certain situations, but not all. You’ll need to decide which type of pass we’ll best suit your needs and plans. The options for Eurail are:

  • Global Pass: Global passes offer unlimited travel on all railways in Europe (United Kingdom excluded). This pass gives you access to 28 countries and is a great option for extended travel and longer stays.
  • Select Passes: Select passes are great if you want to explore regions in Europe, and are available for travel between two, three, or four countries.
  • One Country Pass: If you’re planning to stay within one country for your entire stay, the one-country pass is your best bet for access to regional and high speed trains that will take you from city to city.

First and Second Class Travel

You’ll also have to decide on first or second class travel if you’re 25 years old or younger (all adults over 26 years old must purchase a first class ticket). The amenities are a little better in first class, including Wi-Fi access, snacks and drinks, larger seats, and smaller crowds.

A Eurail pass offers other benefits beyond the train as well, including discounts on ferry routes, hotels, and museums.

Making the Most of the Night

You can save valuable time by traveling through Europe at night, but keep in mind that most night trains require a reservation at an additional cost. Most European trains have several options for sleeping: a private cabin (1st class), a couchette, which is a cabin that accommodates up to six people (2nd class), or a reclining seat (2nd class). If you reserve a cabin or couchette, pillows and blankets are provided for your comfort; if you opt for a reclining seat, which is similar to an airplane seat, bring your own pillow and blanket.

Dining Options on the Train

Most long-distance trains will have a dining car where you can purchase breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is high quality but can be expensive. Trains traveling shorter durations will frequently have snack carts offering light fare. If you’re a particularly picky eater or on a budget, you may want to buy food at the station or in a local market before boarding the train.

 Pack Light

Finally, keep in mind that most Europeans travel light so space for your luggage will be limited on a train, especially if you’re traveling in 2nd class. You will have a little more room in 1st class, but generally still less space than you would on an airplane. Pack accordingly.

Traveling by train can be a great option in Europe since countries are relatively close together. You can have breakfast in Munich and dinner in Barcelona if you plan carefully, save the time you would spend in security lines at the airport, and see the continent from an entirely different perspective.

Image courtesy of Huffington Post.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder -  at 22:01

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Traveling to Asia? Avoid These Common Cultural Mistakes

Dinner Celebration in China

As a Westerner, your trip to Asia will be filled with exciting new experiences as well as a few challenges. The time difference, new foods, and complex itineraries can throw even the most experienced traveler for a loop. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all, however, will be the different customs and traditions you’ll encounter along the way. Navigating them successfully requires that you do a little research before you go, keep an open mind, and never assume that you know best. Something that may be polite or acceptable in the United States or Europe may cause your Asian host to raise an eyebrow, ruin a fun evening, or even bring your promising business deal to a screeching halt. Our expert travelers, Asian locals, and Western ex-pats living abroad share some of the do’s and don’ts for traveling in Asia.

Be Aware of Your Body Language and Touching
While you should always act naturally and in line with your personality, keep in mind that many Asian cultures are more reserved than the West. Big body movements, overt signs of friendship (back slapping and touching) and public displays of affection among romantic partners are typically frowned upon.

It’s also unacceptable to touch someone’s head in most Asian countries. Buddhism is a common religion, and Buddhists consider the head to be sacred. It’s seen as the location of the spirit and the soul. For that reason, you should never touch someone’s head – even to give a small child an affectionate pat.

However, despite the tendency to touch less, Asian standards for personal space are much different than they are in the West. “Personal space is much smaller in China because the population density is so high,” said Derek McLane of Petplan. “People talk closer to you, and Westerners tend to move back when this happens. This can cause a few misunderstandings.” Along the same lines, it’s common for people in China to cut in line while queueing. It’s not considered a big deal and not something to get angry about.

Holding hands in public is generally an acceptable way to show friendship, and it’s not uncommon to see friends of the same gender holding hands. While this may seem out of the ordinary to Western visitors, it’s perfectly natural in countries like China.

Also keep in mind that some of the common hand gestures used in the West have a different meaning in Asia. For example:

  • In Thailand, the “thumbs up” that Westerners use as a sign of approval is similar to sticking out your tongue to taunt someone.
  • Beckoning someone with your index finger and palm up, as a way to say “come here,” is insulting in China and Japan – it’s the way you would call a dog or animal. If you must beckon someone with your hand, do it with your palm facing down.
  • When you give a gift, do it with both hands. Likewise, receive gifts with both hands. This shows that you are attentive and sincere in offering and receiving the gift.
  • Never cross your fingers as a sign of good luck or hope in Asia, since it’s considered an obscene gesture.

The feet and shoes are also source of cultural misunderstandings in Asia and in the Middle East.Remove your shoes in Asia Showing the soles of your feet is considered rude, so crossing your legs in a way that shows your sole is a bad idea. It’s also rude to wear your shoes indoors, especially when visiting your host’s home. If you see a line of shoes outside the door of a home, it’s best to remove your shoes before entering. Make the gesture to remove your shoes and allow your host to guide the ultimate decision (make sure you wear socks without holes!)

Etiquette Around the Dinner Table

In Asia, as in just about every country you’ll visit, the locals appreciate your attempts to speak the language and adopt their customs. If you’re a pro at using chopsticks, you’ll fit right in. However, it’s acceptable to ask for a fork if you don’t know how to use them.

“When in China and trying to use chopsticks, make sure to never stick the chopsticks in your bowl of rice vertically,” advises Sher of SherSheGoes. “If you’re pausing mid-meal, chopsticks should always be placed on the table next to the plate much like you would a fork or spoon. The Chinese only stick chopsticks vertically in rice Chopsticks in Rice Bowlat funeral meals, to offer the food to their ancestors.”

Meals in China and Japan can be a loud, messy affair, so be prepared. “In Japan, it’s customary to slurp when eating noodle dishes like ramen or udon,” said JB Maca of WillFlyforFood.net. “In the West this is considered rude, but in Japan it’s a sign that you’re enjoying your meal. So when eating noodles in Japan, remember to slurp, and slurp loudly.”

In South Korea, it’s considered rude to pick up and eat your bowl of rice from your hands the way the Japanese or Chinese do. Generally, however, rice bowls in Korea are made out of metal, so they’ll be too hot to pick up. It is expected that you drink beer or soju with your peers, which locals consider to be the best way to build stronger friendships and business relationships.

“Always look down when you are eating with colleagues in South Korea,” said David James of Business Growth Digital Marketing. “If you make eye contact while you are eating, they will usually ask you why you are looking at them.”

Meals are all about eating in South Korea, and socializing is put on hold when the food arrives. It’s common to finish eating the meal within about five or ten minutes. Eating kimchi is also expected, which is an acquired taste if you’re not used to it.

If you’re visiting someone’s home in Asia, your host will serve you, and they may not even eat at all so that they can make sure you have enough. If invited to a home for a meal do not accidentally insult your host by bringing a dish or other food. This may be seen as a sign that you don’t believe they cannot provide enough food for the meal. Across Asia, picky eaters a
re frowned upon. Even if a dish is new or strange to you, politeness dictates that you eat it. It’s impolite to refuse food, especially when dining with friends or colleagues.

Fight for the Check in China
At the end of a meal in China, it’s common to “argue” a bit about who should pay the bill. Always offer, always expect your host to insist on paying and engage in a bit of back of forth of saying “no I’ll pay, I insist” several times. “If the host offers and you accept right away, there’s certainly nothing wrong about it,” says Sher of SherSheGoes. “But it’s just the Chinese way to politely fight over grabbing the check as a courtesy to the host.”

Giving Gifts Helps Build Relationships

“One piece of cultural etiquette I’ve found most helpful is the custom of giving gifts. It’s a huge mistake when your host gives you a gift and you have nothing to give in return!” said Josh Summers of Go West Ventures. “This is particularly true as an individual traveler who is invited into a local home, but I’ve found it helpful even in a business setting to be prepared with small gifts that can help to ‘give face’ to the host.”

Sometimes, the practice of gift giving can require you to walk a fine line. Of course, it’s always acceptable among friends and family. However, in a business setting, it can be more challenging. Many governments – especially in China – are regulating practices like giving gifts since it’s so closely related to bribery and corruption. “While gift-giving is still a significant part of business culture, you have to make it clear that you are not trying to buy influence with the person you are giving the gift to,” advises Abigail Kang of Garcha Hotels in Singapore. “For that reason, never give lavish gifts. A good bottle of wine or liquor is still acceptable and never goes out of style.”

If you give a gift in Japan, expect a gift in return, as reciprocity is considered polite. Kang has experienced this first hand: “I am still stuck in a cycle of gift giving with someone in Japan that has gone on since last year.”

Business Meeting Do’s and Don’ts
Many cultural traditions from the West have made their way to Asia, especially in business settings. Hand shaking is the norm now, whether you’re male or female. Even in Japan, where bowing remains the custom, it is sometimes followed with a handshake. Where you’re unsure of how to proceed, it’s always sensible to take the lead from your hosts.

Keep in mind, however, that Chinese people do not bow – Japanese do. This important distinction will help you show your understanding of the distinct traditions among cultures in Asia. The depth of bows in Japan reflect the status of the person receiving the bow; the deeper the bow, the more important the person.

Business cards, and the way you give and receive them, are very important in Asia. Just like youBusiness Cards in Japan would with a gift, they should be given and received with two hands. After you receive someone’s card, take a moment to read it carefully. Keep the card out and near you during the meeting. At the end of the meeting, make it a point to store the card in a safe place like a protective case to show your respect.

Punctuality is important across most of Asia, especially in China, South Korea, Japan. “If you’re ever traveled by train in Japan, you’ll notice that if a train is even a minute off the expected time, people on the platform start getting very antsy,” said Abigail Kang. “Punctuality is extremely important as a show of respect for the other person’s schedule.”

One exception to this rule is in Indonesia, where the local saying is that everything operates on “jam karet,” or “rubber time.” Rubber time is the concept that schedules are flexible and meetings may be delayed. Just like visitors to other Asian countries should strive for punctuality, anyone going to Indonesia should expect a bit of rubber time.

Building Relationships Takes Time
When negotiating or discussing a plan, your Asian business partners typically will communicate more subtly than you may be used to in the United States or Europe. “You may not hear an outright ‘no.’ When in Japan, my clients and colleagues rarely say ‘no’ to anything,” said Derek McLane of Petplan. “Even if they disagree with me, they will say ‘maybe’ or ‘I don’t know’ to give me the opportunity to save face.” This can be a little unsettling to Westerners who are usually more direct in their answers.

Along the same lines, it’s important to avoid cutting straight to the chase when doing business in China. The Chinese do not like to dive into anything, especially with people that aren’t family or longtime friends. In Chinese, a commonly used word is “Guānxì,” which means “relationships.” If you may want to do business with someone but have no connections with them, so you might ask for help from a colleague or friend that does have Guānxì with this particular person. That’s the easy route.

The more challenging way to create Guānxì is by actually taking the time to create a relationship. “It could be over a 6-hour dinner that includes endless shots of Chinese rice wine while chain-smoking ridiculously priced packs of cigarettes with government officials,” said Monica Weintraub of New Life ESL.

All Asian Countries Are Not the Same
While there are some commonalities in the traditions and culture across Asia, there are also significant differences between countries and among different religious and ethnic groups within countries. One of the biggest mistakes many Westerners make is assuming that all Asian cultures are the same. They’re not – that would be like saying Germans and Italians are the same, or that someone born and bred in Texas has everything in common with someone who lived their whole life in New York City. This assumption is the source of many misunderstandings and unintended insults.

Even if you don’t know all the details about the culture you’re visiting, understanding that there is a difference among Asian cultures and the West – and trying your best to respect traditions – will go a long way toward a successful trip.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 3, 2016 at 20:45

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