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Mind Your Manners: Respect Local Culture During Race-cations

Etiquette expert and runner Lizzie Post knows a thing or two about the rules of the road. If you’re planning a race-cation that’ll take you overseas, the great-great granddaughter of etiquette’s original reigning queen, Emily Post, has tips for how you can be yourself without upsetting the new culture codes into which you wander.

I’m going to a race in Japan and I’m wondering about the best way to learn the local etiquette?

When I’m traveling out of the United States, I often turn to the country I’m traveling to for advice. Go right to the source! The best place to find it is on a tourism website. In Japan’s case head to Lonely Planet is another website source that breaks down some very basic customs and elements of different cultures to be aware of.

Being proactive is really your best way to go. You’re smart to be thinking of this early on! Typically, greetings, the handling and exchange of money both in payment and for tipping, customs related to entering a home, gift giving, respectful attire and eating are going to be the biggest areas to look out for. Have a fabulous trip!


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Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post, is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th edition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. Lizzie does speaking engagements across the country sharing advice about entertaining, weddings, dating, dining etiquette, tech-etiquette, finance and lifestyle. She has worked as a spokesperson for companies including Bank of America, American Express, AirBnB, and Genentech. She is a columnist with Women’s Running magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, and She is the co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast on American Public Media’s podcast network Infinite Guest. She is a regular guest on American Public Media’s The Dinner Party. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective with an engaging and modern voice. She delights in tackling etiquette’s taboo topics with the media, making her a popular source. Her interviews include NBC’s The Today Show, Katie, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Gayle King Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Redbook, The Huffington Post and more.