Overseas Professionals Need to Integrate Home and Host Cultures for Personal Success

Living abroad is more satisfying, if you can identify with both cultures, according to new research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in the US.

The recent study suggests that those working overseas are likely to remain happy, both professionally and emotionally, if they can embrace their host country’s culture along with their own.

The study, carried out by Carmit Tadmor of Tel Aviv University, Adam Galinsky of the Kellogg School, and William Maddux of INSEAD, states, ‘The ability to simultaneously identify with both one’s host and home cultures and the resulting capacity for complex thinking may be a key to translating foreign experiences abroad into a tangible toolbox that bolsters one’s creative ability and professional skill to the highest level.

Living abroad gives the opportunity for individuals to enhance creativity and integrative complexity, but taking a bicultural approach while abroad may be the key to producing lasting cognitive changes and psychological benefits.’

For students and professionals living outside their countries, reaching professional and personal success will be largely dependent on their ability to integrate both cultures, through identification with the host country, and maintaining their roots with their home country.

Lead author, Carmit Tadmor, said, ‘Although living abroad does help in honing creative abilities compared to not living abroad, not all individuals who have lived abroad will be equally successful in deriving a positive benefit from such experiences.

Rather, it seems that only individuals who are able to simultaneously maintain a connection to one’s own cultural heritage while identifying with the new host culture will develop the requisite integrative complexity levels that will ultimately produce greater creative and professional success.’


It’s Spring Break: take the kids to Italy

Make ancient Rome and Renaissance art come alive for your children with TourCrafters’ Spring Break package to Rome and Florence. It’s a better investment than a trip to Disney World.

The package – for 2 adults and 1 child up to 16 in a triple room – costs US$1,049 per adult and US$720 per child. For 2 adults and 2 children – in adjoining doubles in Rome and a large suite with queen and two singles in Florence – the price is US$1,209 per adult and US$830 per kid. These prices include air fare from New York, 4 nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Michelangelo in Rome, 4 nights at the 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence, 8 buffet breakfasts, arrival transfer, Hop On Hop Off tour of Rome, Eurostar train ticket, free ice cream for kids in each city, and a special kit, Florence guidebook, and restaurant discount for kids. Prices are valid from March 1 to 31, 2012.

This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to the Italian lifestyle – not to mention authentic pizza, pasta, and gelato – as well as showing them the Roman Forum, Colosseum, catacombs, St. Peter’s, and other highlights of the Eternal City. They’ll enjoy the high-speed Eurostar train to Florence, and be amazed by Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s cafés, and maybe even a painting or two in the Uffizi.

All prices are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include airport taxes of approximately US$100, fuel surcharges of approximately US$460, or city taxes that must be paid directly to the hotels in euros. Add-on air fares from other departure cities are: US$80 from Washington, DC, US$220 from Miami, US$150 from Chicago, and US$260 from Los Angeles.

Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information about this and other special Spring Break packages for couples, families, and friends to Italy, France, Spain, and Turkey, visit www.tourcrafters.com . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

The luxurious Insólito is a blend of brazil´s culture, nature and design

Located in the famous beach retreat of Búzios, Insólito is built on a rock outcrop over the beautiful Ferradura Beach. The former fishing village Búzios is a peninsula with 26 dreamlike beaches, 160 km northeast from Rio de Janeiro, and is also called the Brazilian Saint-Tropez.

In the middle of flourishing nature, it offers its guests an exclusive, breathtaking and privileged view as well as equilibrium between comfort, culture, social and environmental commitment.

The hotel’s 20 rooms are based on themes that enhance Brazilian artists. The rooms and suites serve as an exhibition for uniquely designed pieces, which make reference to music, photography, literature, art, nature, history, fashion and Negro culture.

The original architecture of the hotel’s houses is peculiar to Búzios. Built between 1992 and 1998 by the celebrated architect Otavio Raja Gabaglia, the houses are built on a model that integrated them with nature.

The reforms performed later strengthened the idea of communion between architecture and nature. The interior space was renovated in 2006, by the carioca architect-decorator Luiz Fernando Grabowsky, to modernize Insólito’s installations.

Increasing the size of the windows, the multiplication and modification of the terraces integrated the construction ever more with nature. In 2007, the landscape gardener Anouck Barcat joined the team to modify the external areas of Insólito taking into mind the same view. Typical Brazilian material, such as wood and Portuguese stone, were given preference, together with the beautiful local native flora.

In order to support sustainable development model initiatives, artisans or socially responsible companies were called in. The decoration signed by the owner, Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont Tonnerre, is the high point of this project.

Enamored with Brazil, Emmanuelle transformed the hotel into a true art gallery. The hotel features timeless decoration, where furniture from the 50’s mixes with modern pieces, works of art by Brazilian artists and artisans blend.

The sophisticated restaurant offers a delicious culinary trip and the opportunity to explore the flavours of a Franco-Brazilian fusion. There are two spaces in the restaurant: a lounge on the swimming pool deck with a view over the sea, and a large indoor room with a wall of blue tiles hand-painted by Laura Taves.

The “parilla” is a traditional Latin American barbeque where food is cooked out in the open in front of guests, allowing them to soak up expert tips on the different cuts of meat and how to cook them best, as well as being further immersed in Brazilian traditions.

A unique vertical garden produced by São Paulo company Quadro Vivo functions as a living frame to the kitchen and outline for the bar, designed by architect Luis Fernando Grabowsky.

Between the beach and the garden, the Insólito Beach Lounge covers an area of 3,000 m², beside the hotel, thus providing direct access to beautiful Ferradura beach. In the middle of the garden, there are various charming comfortable covered decks to protect the holidaymakers from the sun.

The relaxing boutique hotel offers guests three choices pools; one with fresh water, another with heated water and the final with seawater. At the Insólito Wellness Center one can indulge in spa treatments and Indian rituals and enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature.

This charming boutique hotel retains the personal relaxed atmosphere of a private home and guarantees ultimate luxury and leisure at the same time. Thanks to its charm and refinement, Insólito Boutique Hotel was elected as one of the best hotels in Latin America by the renowned guide Condé Nast Johansens.