by Alex Palmer | October 27, 2016
For most businesspeople in the U.S., a handshake is second nature; a standard greeting practiced throughout the world. But in fact, the practice is far from identical in every country, and if done wrong, could set an unpleasant tone or even damage a business relationship. To help avoid any such awkward moments and greet like a local, Expedia.ca has created a helpful infographic

Titled "A Global Guide to Handshakes," the tool outlines the nuances of shaking hands from India (where one should wait for a senior person to initiate the handshake) to New Zealand (where a medium-strength grip is more appropriate than a strong one). In Morocco, one is expected to only shake hands with someone of the same sex while in China he or she is expected to extend a handshake to the eldest person first -- bowing slightly and avoiding eye contact. It even includes a "handshake firmness" rating, from one to five, for each country listed (a strength of one is fine in Japan, while a full-strength five is expected in the U.S. -- the only country with such a high rating).

"Whether travelling for business or pleasure, you'll want to make the right first impression when making acquaintance with interesting new people from different cultures," Expedia writes. See the full infographic here.