A book for inquisitive travelers interested in making the most of challenging cultural transitions. Culture shock can leave anyone feeling disoriented and overwhelmed. With a sensitive and pragmatic approach – focusing on the person, not a place – H.E. Rybol helps readers cope with the ups and downs of adaptation. A mindful understanding of the subject combined with practical tips provide a comforting companion to anyone moving, studying or traveling abroad.

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The first prerequisite to enjoying Culture Shock is an interest in international travel. This requirement met, would-be travelers will find it a different take on culture shock than most books offer, with a focus on finding and appreciating similarities between diverse peoples, rather than just differences. D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Culture Shock can be a traveler’s “occupational hazard,” brought about traveling through, or trying to live in, an unfamiliar place—mostly because of the degree of difference experienced and one’s reactions to those circumstances. Hélène Rybol’s Culture Shock: A Practical Guide offers concise characterizations of the process and, above all, practical advice on how to cope with adjustment issues, specifically how to turn challenges into opportunities for personal growth, self-understanding, and productive intercultural interactions. It reminds me of the kind of counsel a well-traveled friend would want to pass on to someone about to go exploring the world…warm, wise, and above all, useful. Bruce La Brack, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific, and author/editor of What’s Up With Culture?

The author has analyzed the question of culture shock from all possible angles and offered simple, practical remedies. Now that there is no better way of curing it than actually facing it, as the author suggests toward the end of the book, go for it! Jump right in! Enjoy the journey! Readers’ Favorite

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With an honest, friendly voice, the book shares aspects of culture shock, from initial impressions to coping skills. And it is full of helpful tips (a plethora of them), and quotes that stick with you (…) I love this book, and highly recommend it for anyone about to head overseas – it’s the adventure of a lifetime! This is one thing you need to pack, to make your journeys easier. Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wanderingeducators.com


Since the first pages, Helene Rybol captures the readers’ attention by focussing on the person and by pointing out the positive effects this phase can have on our lives if we deal with it in a positive way (…) What sets this book apart from others on the same topic is that instead of concentrating on the differences culture shock shows us, Helen Rybol turns the focus on what we have in common with the new culture. Ute Limacher-Riebold, Expatsincebirth.com

“I’d always thought about culture shock in terms of relocating to a faraway, vastly different land. But, while reading this book, it dawned on me that we may experience culture shock in less obvious situations: a move to a different part of our own country or on vacation. Many of the tips in this book could be used to aid in dealing with the change associated with moving into a new neighbourhood in one’s own city.” Donna Janke, DestinationsDetoursDreams.com

“She reminds you about not just what to put in your bag, but what to pack in your heart and mind as you set forward on a new adventure. It’s a short book, written in everyday language, a friendly chat that keeps us feeling less alone and more confident on the trail.” George Simons, Georgesimons.com

“This is a thought-provoking analysis. Immersion in a new culture affects travelers, ex-pats, employees, and students abroad. Prior to reading this book, I hadn’t considered that there were positive aspects associated with culture shock.” Betsy Wuebker, Passingthru.com

“An exceptionally interesting book that is sure to be a great help for people who love to travel and feel a part of the places they are visiting. Brava!!” Elaine Bertolotti, Author of Florence and Me

“Hélène E. Rybol’s little book [is] a great work, not because of its scope, but due to the wisdom, experience and human warmth that it brought.” Denis Vukosav, Citajme.com

“Since this reviewer has traveled almost 100,000 kilometers I can honestly state that H.E. Rybol gives great advice.” Gisela Hausmann, Giselahausmann.com

“[A] thoroughly enjoyable and exceptionally handy guide for the informed and intelligent traveler. This is a thoughtful, helpful, and very warm book about being a complete human!” Grady Harp, Top Reviewer on Amazon

One of the best things about this guide is that the tips are simple and can be implemented by anyone, even in times of stress. Jenni Mahnaz, Witness Humanity

I found it to be an incredibly useful read having the concept of culture shock broken down to where is was easy to understand exactly what makes an environment overwhelming, and different strategies to deal with those scenarios if and when they do arise. Megan Jerrard, Mapping Megan

Hélène helps you deal with issues and emotions when you arrive in a new place, giving you heartfelt and very useful information and advice to ease the transition, lessen the stress and digest everything that’s going on around you in these new surroundings. Unni Holtedahl, CLEW.lu

In her succinct 2014 easy-to-read e-book, Helene Rybol […] comes to the issue with a focus that is practical yet comforting, on an issue that calls for practical “tips” at the same time it calls for hugs and sharing of emotions. She covers both ends of this spectrum. Laura Kosloff, Exchangemom.com