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Lucas Vidgen

Lucas has been writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet since 2002, mostly specializing in Latin America.He lived in Guatemala for a little over 10 years, publishing a magazine and working with local NGOs and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

He lived in Guatemala for a little over 10 years, publishing a magazine and working with local NGOs and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Accept the country, the people, and the culture as the way they are. Don’t change things and try not to judge them.
  2. Be open to other things. Do talk to the guy next to you on the bus. You’ll get a different perspective.
  3. See if you can learn some of the language. Even if it is only a couple of words.

 

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
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