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Which gestures are offensive in other countries?

Which gestures are offensive in other countries?

David Whitley June 21, 2015 Comments Off on Which gestures are offensive in other countries?

Everyday hand gestures in Britain can be offensive elsewhere. Here are a few things to avoid.   To us, joining the index finger and thumb together may mean “OK”, but elsewhere it’s a minefield.

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Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?   

Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

David Whitley July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

I’ve just got back from what was quite possibly the most fantastic holiday of my life. After picking up a car in Las Vegas airport, my wife and I drove through Utah, then Grand

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A simple rule to help you decide if your carry-on bag is too big

A simple rule to help you decide if your carry-on bag is too big

David Whitley May 19, 2014 Comments Off on A simple rule to help you decide if your carry-on bag is too big

With airlines – both budget and full service – charging passengers to check in bags, a battle for the space in the overhead lockers on planes has emerged. As USA Today’s Chris Elliott says,

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A message to the man in 24C

A message to the man in 24C

David Whitley May 28, 2013 Comments Off on A message to the man in 24C

Hiya! How’s it going! Is there a problem with your seat? I’m asking, as you don’t seem too keen on sitting in it. In fact, your arse seems positively averse to it. Your arse

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How to board a plane

How to board a plane

David Whitley May 21, 2013 Comments Off on How to board a plane

One of the toughest tasks a human being can ever perform is boarding a plane. It’s up there with Iron Man ultramarathons and giving birth to quintuplets. So, for the hardy few about to

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How to own a wheeled suitcase and not be a dickhead

How to own a wheeled suitcase and not be a dickhead

David Whitley April 30, 2013 3

Maybe it’s an age thing, and maybe it’s grim rationalisation, but I recently joined the legions of wheeled suitcase dickheads. Bear with me. That’s a fair description. The whole backpack versus suitcase thing is

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The dance of the awkwardly large bank note

The dance of the awkwardly large bank note

David Whitley February 19, 2013 1

The dance of the awkwardly large bank note The look on her face changes exactly as expected. It’s all pleasant glad-to-be-of-service-sir smiles as she announces that the fruit juice and can of Red Bull

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The punctual man’s worst nightmare: Late for the tour bus

The punctual man’s worst nightmare: Late for the tour bus

David Whitley January 31, 2013 Comments Off on The punctual man’s worst nightmare: Late for the tour bus

In Krakow, David Whitley gets his timings disastrously wrong and becomes the person he hates. It was 9am, and I wore the smug, punchable grin of the stickler who has everything under control. The

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A word about pavement etiquette

A word about pavement etiquette

David Whitley November 20, 2012 3

Many people feel they have a right to use pavements – apart from those in the US who admirably refuse to recognise the word, let alone build any. There are the cyclists, always happy

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Hostel sex: The etiquette of dorm room lust

Hostel sex: The etiquette of dorm room lust

David Whitley July 28, 2012 1

The rules of pulling abroad when you’re not travelling on your own. For the single traveller, love (or at least unashamed lust) can strike in the strangest places. After all, I still have disturbing

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