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Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places

Expat Etiquette
How to Look Good in Bad Places

Michael Bear and Liz Good

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Going overseas is hard. Leaving friends and family behind. Traveling to a country where you probably don’t speak the language, and definitely don’t understand the culture. Foreign foods, foreign diseases. Loneliness.

Of course, it does have its compensations. Smoking. Casual sex. Functional alcoholism. Add a little danger and excitement, and it’s a difficult offer to refuse.

Expat Etiquette is a guide for all of those who want to travel to far-away and sometimes dangerous lands—for the best or worst of reasons—while retaining a modicum of style.

Expat Etiquette provides that essential advice you won’t find anywhere else, like how to drink bootleg liquor and not go blind, have an overseas affair, or negotiate with rebel groups.

ISBN: 978-1-940503-10-3
$12.99 | 136 pp. | 4″ x 6″ (pocket-size) | A Paperback Original

Praise for Expat Etiquette

Expat Etiquette by Michael Bear and Liz Good is packed with practical tips from the road to the pit toilet less traveled. Some hard-won knowledge and humorous advice from two expats, guaranteed to make you smarter and more entertaining at the same time.”
—Robert Young Pelton, author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places

“At last! The definitive guidebook for a world populated by fundies, foodies, fanatics and freaks. Think Bear Grylls meets Miss Manners and the whole trip is posted on Instagram. Every road warrior needs a copy because as the late Kurt Vonnegut, warned us, ‘Love may fail, but courtesy will prevail.’”
—Kevin Sites, author of Swimming with Warlords

“I also wish I had this book before I went out in the world as a young idealist and made all my foolish mistakes. I’m pretty sure I would have made all the same mistakes, but it would have been nice to know I wasn’t alone.”
—Chris Blattman, Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

About the Authors

Michael Bear

Michael Bear lived and worked in Afghanistan, across East and Central Africa, and in Iraq. He has an abiding fear of rats, and a deep antipathy to Nescafe. He graduated from Yale and Harvard Law.

Liz Good

Liz Good spent her twenties cultivating a healthy disdain for office work. She has worked extensively on human rights and media issues in Africa and South Asia. She is a graduate of Brown and the London School of Economics.