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Strange American Customs

Strange American CustomsBy Nigel Farthington III

So, you love to travel but you find some of the food and local customs in others countries a bit bizarre. Well, here’s some breaking news for you … foreigners feel the same way about us and our strange American customs.

Over 50 million visitors come to the U.S. every year. And, as difficult as it is to believe, many foreign tourists find some of our food and habits rather strange.

How do you explain to a Frenchman attending a Packers football game in Green Bay that he should wear cheese on his head? Though the French may be … well … so French … none of their 629 different kinds of cheese are worn on their heads.

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Flight Upgrades Continued

Flight Upgrades ContinuedBy Nigel Farthington III

In our last blog we suggested that a friendly attitude goes a long way when asking about free flight upgrades.

Years ago I was checking in for an international flight. I was on my way to conduct a television interview with the new CEO of the national airline I was about to board. The agent looked at my ticket and asked me to wait. She came back with a supervisor. “I’m sorry, Sir,” the supervisor said. “But your ticket is no good. Would you please follow me?”

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Flight Upgrades? It Never Hurts to Ask.

Flight Upgrades? It Never Hurts to Ask.By Nigel Farthington III

It never hurts to ask for flight upgrades on your flight, however there is a right way and a wrong way.

Right Way – Be nice to the Flight Agent, but avoid flattery. “Has anyone told you that you look just like Julia Roberts?” The boarding attendants have heard it all before and they rarely fall for the schmooze anyway. Just be polite when you ask for an upgrade. It’s not difficult.

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Foreign Customs

Foreign CustomsBy Nigel Farthington III

If you are not familiar with the foreign customs in a country you’re planning to visit don’t worry. We’re here to help.

For American tourists who may not be experienced travelers, visiting a foreign country for the first time is usually exciting. However, the trip can also be fraught with the occasional and often embarrassing faux pas. In fact, in some countries a simple act of which Americans may be total heedless just might be illegal, land you in jail and facing a hefty fine … or worse. (What could be worse?)

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