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We all know how hard it is to say goodbye, but what many forget is that saying hello isn’t all that easy, either. (Especially if there is a handshake involved.) If you’re a world traveler, then you know that people even have to worry about offending someone by not using the correct greeting.
That’s right: there are more to saying hi than just shaking hands… or bumping fists… or hugging… or, well, you know how confusing it can be. We hope this list of greetings you may come across will ease some of the confusion during your travels. Take a look!
1.) Sticking Out Tongue – Tibet
2.) Three-Part Handshake – Botswana
3.) Salam – Malaysia
4.) Light Handshake – China
5.) Sungkem – Indonesia
6.) Hada – Mongolia
7.) Spitting – Maasai Cultures
8.) Sogi – Polynesia
9.) Bow – Japan
10.) Hongi – New Zealand
11.) Pressing Thumbs – Zambia
12.) Kunik – Inuit Cultures
13.) Hand Claps – Zimbabwe
14.) Back Pat – Greece
15.) Nose Kiss – Oman
16.) Wai – Thailand
That’s a lot of different greetings! Now that you know how to say hello to people from different cultures, it’s time to shake the hand of a travel agent and plan that trip you’ve always been dying to go on.