07/10/2012 12:41 pm ET | Updated Sep 09, 2012

International Etiquette 101

No sophisticated traveler wants to commit a faux pas abroad. So study up a bit on protocol, manners, and formalities to avoid cultural turbulence and sets you up for clarity and, frankly, a better time. (All that research into where locals really eat will dissipate as you start to eat your fries with your hands.) With an understanding of how a country zigs and zags, start by picking up these travel etiquette basics.

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