In Finland, summer solstice celebrations are important to Finns and are celebrated with midsummer festivals. The Finnish flag is flown everywhere with silver birch and ______ serving as decorations. a. Roses b. Lily-of-the-valley c. Lilacs d. Dahlias Answer: C – Lilacs The Finnish flag, silver birch and lilacs all serve as decorations during the summer […]
In which city will you find 62% of residents biking to work or school? Would it surprise you that the same city’s traffic lights are coordinated to favor cyclists over motorists? What if I hinted that this city has built bicycle super highways to promote commuting for cyclists? You may have guessed that the answer […]
Travelers to New Zealand who currently do not need to obtain a visa for their stays may soon be subject to new immigration requirements. Nationals of visa waiver countries and transit visa waiver countries may be required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) in order to enter New Zealand on or after […]
“To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.” George Santayana American philosopher 1863–1952 Recently I came across a blog post about fun deprivation. Is this really true? I do believe that cultures all over the world are suffering from too little fun. The pace of life has increased, technology […]
The health landscape is shifting as communities deal with a rising number of families opting out of vaccines for their children. The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies “vaccination hesitancy” as one of the 10 threats to global health in 2019. What does this mean for a globally mobile workforce? It means that transferees need to […]
In Angola, Portuguese is spoken as the primary language of business. What is a good backup language if you do not know Portuguese? a. Angolese b. French c. German d. English Click here for the answer!
This past Friday, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority took an important new step. OMNY, or One Metro New York, is the city’s new fare payment system. Passengers who use OMNY pay their fares using a contactless card, or a digital wallet. Here are videos that demonstrate how to use them: Contactless card: Digital wallet: Riders […]
When you hit the road or take to the skies for a business trip abroad, you’ve got a lot on your mind. Even before you leave home, you need to plan the logistics of travel and assemble documents required for entry. While the business purpose of your visit dominates your focus, you’re also aware that […]
Do you have colleagues traveling for work or moving to another country? Is your sales force traversing across continents? Entering a new international market can be a nerve-wracking proposition for even the most seasoned businessperson. How can you and your team avoid offending foreign business partners? Consider discussing etiquette. Booking.com’s recent research showed that 62% […]
Fiestas and performing arts are important parts of life in Spain. _________ is in a class by itself and is considered to reflect the soul of Spain. Flamenco Jai-alai Bull fighting A musical production Click here for the answer!
From cross-cultural communication challenges, to last minute meeting changes, to unexpected traffic in an unfamiliar city, to your toothbrush not making it into your luggage, to needing a cup of coffee or a quick mile run, business travel requires expecting the unexpected. While staying in a larger hotel makes many solutions available on site or […]
Are you involved with your company’s global mobility program and the many moving parts that go with handling successful international relocations? Busy mobility professionals know that it’s easy for small details to pass unnoticed until things stop running smoothly, especially with all the juggling of local security, healthcare, tax, visas, benefits, and insurance. One of the […]
Last week’s devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral had onlookers struggling to comprehend the damage. Losing an irreplaceable piece of history prompted immediate, generous support toward rebuilding. But for those who never got a chance to lay eyes on the original 12th Century Paris masterpiece, that opportunity is now forever lost. The world is […]
Which of the following is a greeting you might encounter in Gabon? a. Raising both hands into the air b. Hugging with air kisses (in the French manner) c. Taking someone’s offered hand with both hands d. Shaking the offered wrist or forearm e. All of the above f. None of the above Click here […]
Last month marked ten years since the launch of one of the world’s most popular rideshare networks, Uber. Since then, it has been joined by countless other car service networks, such as Lyft , Go-Jek, Grab, and Bolt. These networks are known for their convenience and competitive fares…but unfortunately, there is sometimes cause for concern about passenger safety. Here are a […]
Some of the most dramatic changes in recent history have been in how we develop, seek, obtain, and disseminate information. Libraries, sometimes originally established as repositories for physical books, have evolved to keep pace with today’s needs. The advent of ebooks and other digitalizations has opened many offerings to library users. Services such as Overdrive, […]
There is no doubt about it – international assignment experience is a boon to anyone’s resume. The numbers show that only about 20% of international assignees are women, yet the percentage of interested parties is almost equal for both men and women. In many companies, going on international assignment and having extensive international experience is […]
What do two million children in the United States, 60,000 in Canada, 48,000 in the United Kingdom, and 30,000 in Australia all have in common? They are all homeschooled. Roughly four percent of students around the world are homeschooled. Families choosing to educate their children at home are growing. The number of homeschooled children in […]
Dutch cuisine highlights hearty dishes. On special occasions, the Dutch serve ________ as a cocktail snack before dinner? Stamppot Zuurkool met spek en worst Gerootke paling Uitsmijter Click here for the answer!
In an era where new smartphone travel apps are released daily, sometimes the best usefulness indicator is how often one uses an app over time. Here are three apps I downloaded six months ago that have remained on my smartphone’s front screen: Transit Transit offers one of the most comprehensive ways to decide on […]