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We booked many flats in AirBnb. We didn't meet all of the hosts. Sometimes they just give you a password to unlock the door or a friend will bring you the key (normally not too chatty, because they just want to leave you the key and go). Reading the reviews you can find these people. But it is not easy I must tell.


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Tipping in Israel First things first: tipping is discretionary. You have no obligation to tip anyone, although showing appreciation for good service is often a good idea. Who to Tip has a great webpage on Israel, which seems to summarise the general consensus found on the internet. In general, cash tips are preferred. I paraphrase below the main tipping ...


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From my limited experience, I think you can tell from the descriptions and reviews if it is likely to be that kind of experience. The Asian ones I've used were very definitely treated as businesses and you never saw the host- maybe you see their hired cleaning help. Where it's a more personal experience (eg. Mexico), I have enjoyed the odd brief ...


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I assume as you are saying "book a flat" you are booking the whole place to yourself and you don't expect to share the accommodation with your host when you are there. So your problem is, to put it bluntly, getting rid of the host after she has made her introductions. In my experience (principally in France) most hosts do not really want to talk to you ...


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Tom's answer is great, but let me add my two cents as a foreigner who lives several years in Thailand. Etiquette highly depends on location, on who you are, and who are you greeting with. In a business environment like greeting your colleagues in the office, handshaking is okay, because of the office culture is mostly borrowed from the West. If you're a ...


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A proper greeting is a "wai", hands pressed together like with Christian praying, held in front of your chest fingers pointed upward and then make a slight bow towards the person you are greeting. You would also use the Thai words for hello - "sa wat dee khap". She will return your greeting and may bow lower, as you are the "higher" person and will also end ...



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