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!
Botswana takes the traditional handshake that we all know to the next level. It begins in the western handshake position. Both parties then shake up and down once, only to move the thumbs in an interlocked position as the arms turn upwards to form a right angle. Following that is a second hand grasp, followed by one final shake with thumbs still interlocked.
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.