You’re probably familiar with common business practices in the U.S. and less accustomed to the way things are done abroad. That’s OK; most people are in the same boat. But if you do plan to travel for work, you should know that most of our customs don’t fly overseas, and you’ll want to do the necessary research before you go.

“It’s not only important to prepare for a business trip abroad, it’s essential,” says Dale Kurow, a New York-based executive coach. “If this is your first business trip outside of the U.S., due diligence in learning about the country you’ll be visiting is a must. You’ll be interacting with colleagues with country-specific business acumen and your lack of knowledge will be evident and damaging.”