Chapter Six

Cross-cultural resources

Culture Shock! Guidebooks (Graphic Arts Publishing)
The books in this series provide a crash course in local customs and etiquette for dozens of individual countries around the world. Topics covered include political traditions, religious practices, monetary systems, body language, and making friends.

Do’s and Taboos Around the World: A Guide to International Behavior, by Roger Axtell (Wiley, 1993, Kindle and print)
Advice for the business and pleasure traveler on what to do and what not to do in other cultures. Uses a blend of humor and curious facts to provide information on how to dress, deal with exotic food, pronounce names, exchange gifts, and interpret body language in over 96 countries.

Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century, by Norine Dresser (Wiley, 2005, Kindle and print)
An informative and entertaining guide to the correct behavior used in a wide range of cross-cultural situations.

Going Dutch in Beijing: How to Behave Properly When Far Away from Home, by Mark McCrum (Holt, 2008, Kindle and print)
A primer for helping to understand people from distant countries. Gives information not just about the seemingly bizarre customs of other cultures, but how one’s own culture can seem bizarre to outsiders.

Gestures: The Do’s and Taboos of Body Language Around the World bu Roger E. Axtell (Wiley, 1997, Kindle and print)
Valuable information on gestures that may be offensive around the world.

Culture Crossing
Website guide to etiquette around the world.

Resources for female travelers

Gutsy Women: More Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road, by Marybeth Bond (Travelers’ Tales, 2007, print)
Pocket guide with travel tips for women on the road, including travel vignettes and tips on things like safety and budgeting.

A Journey of One’s Own, 3rd Edition: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler, by Thalia Zepatos (The Eighth Mountain Press, 2003, print)
Detailed advice on practical matters for women traveling alone overseas.

Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, by Beth Whitman (Globe Trekker Press, 2007, Kindle and print)
An inspirational handbook offering encouragement, travel-tested information and lighthearted anecdotes to help women travel safely and comfortably.

Safety and Security for Women Who Travel, by Sheila Swan, Peter Laufer (Travelers’ Tales, 2004, print)
A collection of tips and wisdom to help female adventurers avoid trouble on the road and travel with security and confidence.

Solo Traveler: Tales and Tips for Great Trips, by Lea Lane (Fodor’s 2005, print)
Travel tips for women, including advice on dining alone, finding solo-friendly lodgings, meeting locals, and spending money.

Women Travel: First-Hand Accounts from More Than 60 Countries, edited by Natania Jansz, Miranda Davies, Emma Drew (Rough Guides, 1999, print)
Inspiring travel tales written by women adventuring into all corners of the globe.

A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe, edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, Christina Henry de Tessan (Seal Press, 2001, print)
A travel anthology featuring 29 travel tales about women traveling alone.

Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road, by Jen Leo (Travelers’ Tales, 2003, print)
A collection travel tales from 29 women whose trips went comically awry.

Transitions Abroad’s Women Travel Portal
Extensive rundowns of links, resources and articles about women’s travel.

Galavanting Women’s Travel Magazine
News, articles, advice, and a blog for female travelers.

Adventure Divas
A tie-in website for the PBS TV series of the same name, which captures the humor and discovery inherent in independent women’s travel.

The Gutsy Traveler
The website of women travel expert Marybeth Bond. Includes tips, deal, statistics, and a blog.

Journeywoman, An Online Travel Magazine Just for Women
Online articles, links and travel advice for female travelers.

LGBTQ Resources

The Best Resources for Gay Travel
Resource list from the Travel Channel.

Purple Roofs
Since 1999, Purple Roofs helps travelers find small “family owned” and gay friendly accommodations with a directory of over 4,800 bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and other properties around the world.

LGBT Travel Information
Tips and safe travel information from the U.S. Government.

ILGA – International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersexual Association
International information and resources.
Information on destinations, hotels, tours, cruises, events and blog
List of gay-friendly travel resources.