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For your consideration:
"Gestures: The Do's 
and Taboos of Body Language Around the World
by Roger E. Axtell, Mike Fornwald



Smart savvy well-mannered world traveler

Information for smart & safe travel including etiquette and protocol while overseas, current travel warnings, travel scams, foreign phrases and dictionaries, worldwide newspapers, holidays and festivals, health and vaccine information, global issues, and exchange rates:

If you're traveling on business, count on Executive as your guide to business etiquette and international culture in top U.S. trading partner nations.  Get help with business protocol, gift-giving, business entertaining, cross-cultural communication and much more. 

Be a savvy,  polite traveler -- look up stuff in over 230 different languages, and also find plenty more word play like grammar and vocabulary aids, thesauri, linguistic fun, word of the day, 30+ multi-lingual dictionaries and more at this highly regarded site. 

Are you a frequent traveler?  Make your reservation for The Etiquette of Seat Backs and Elbow Room.

If there's a foreign dignitary whose name you can't pronounce -- but would like to -- the Voice of America offers a helpful pronunciation guide to help with what could be an embarrassing flub.  

When your plane touches down, will you be landing during a national or religious celebration?  Be prepared, and check with the Worldwide Holiday and Festival site. 

No need to be taken by surprise.  Browse newspapers from around the globe and find out what’s happening before you get to your destination in North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America.

So how far is it – as the crow flies? Check the distance between cities around the world.

Air Routing International maintains data on airports and airways around the world, including time and distance calculations.  Now you can utilize the time and distance calculator, too.

Traveling out of the country? Here's a currency converter with a graph for some quick exchange rates for foreign currency in over 30 nations.

Plus, travelers or investors looking for the latest foreign exchange rate can check these excellent currency converters -- only a click away and multi-lingual. 

Whether you’re just curious, or need to know how to dress for your trip, check this information-packed weather site which includes satellite imagery, over 700 live weather cams, the National Hurricane Center, ski weather, and more. 

Don't wait until the last minute to renew your passport. You can even do it by mail. The U.S. State Department offers instructions and mailing address. 

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country.  Consular sheets include locations of U.S. Embassies or Consulates, unusual immigration practices, minor political disturbances, crime and security info, etc.  Public announcements disseminate information about terrorist threats and other significant risks to American travelers.

Before you leave home, check out Medical Advice for the Traveler by Kevin M. Cahill, MD. Site includes diseases, insects, climatic extremes, cautions and preventive health measures for travelers.

Plus, the CDC's Travelers' Health site is outstanding, and packed with helpful information on everything from safe food and water, cruise ship and air travel, to outbreak alerts, what you need to know before you go, vaccinations, immunizations, travelers with children, pets or special needs, and more.

Traveling with kids?  Here's your Kids' Travel Survival Kit:  Stuff to Amuse Kids on Long Trips.

Additional information for travelers including current travel warnings, customs information, tips on tipping,  vaccine recommendations for international travel, map of world time zone, and travel scams, say thank you to

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