Holidays are often unique to a country’s culture, a simple way to promote a sense of nationhood and community. The concept of holidays originated when nations’ rulers would promote religious observances, which is still true for some countries and provinces today.
Want to be a world traveler? Unfortunately, it can be a little more complicated than grabbing your passport and jumping on the next flight out. There are various beliefs, behaviors and practices that are unique to each country across the world. Sometimes, things that are perfectly normal to do in one country could be considered incredibly offensive in another.
Last month, Las Vegas hosted the tech industry’s the biggest conference, CES. There, companies introduce new ideas and gadgets to the world. Google’s anticipated CES launch of a new feature called Interpreter Mode hints at a future in which all translation will be done by a machine.
Language barriers when traveling can be tough, but there’s an easy solution. Learning a few key expressions in the language of your destination can make a great first impression on the locals that you meet. We've already got you covered on French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese.