The Finns especially hold the tradition in high esteem.
Sydney-based writer and photographer, Michael Gebicki has been writing travel articles since 1982 and is Traveller's resident Tripologist.
There's a right and a left way of doing just about everything.
Showing up at the check-in desk and finding out you've been downgraded is one of the worst things that can happen when you've booked a business class seat, but it happens.
Put some prep work into your inflight experience and you'll cop some meaningful rest and arrive in better shape.
The impact of a rogue wave can far exceed the maximum force that a vessel is built to withstand.
Cities, towns and even countries change their names – and the reasons why can be fascinating.
Any suggestions for a two-week driving holiday in France - with two keen rock climbers on board?
Even those with the most eclectic of musical tastes can find something just for them at these festivals.
There are some places where you definitely don't want to drink water from the tap in your hotel room.
Try to open a door and you risk being clobbered by a wine bottle.
Remember those khaki-clad blokes who would meet every incoming international flight?
Once upon a time, when pilots wore sheepskin-trimmed leather jackets, there were no class divisions in passenger aircraft. Times have certainly changed.
Knowing your port from your starboard is the first rule of seafaring.
That's enough time for a decent getaway, or even a quick jaunt offshore.
Where there's vapour, there's fire.