The world has gotten a lot smaller than it used to be, figuratively speaking of course, because travel and communication have gotten so much better and affordable during the last decade. More people than ever travel to other countries for both business and leisure and more and more companies are finding it essential to expand operations or take advantage of other benefits of doing business beyond their home country. That said, many companies make the mistake of assuming that success at home will easily translate to success abroad. Having lived and worked for large corporations in several countries, I have come across some interesting, funny, and downright risky business situations over the years. I will share a few insights below to highlight why when working across borders (and oceans) it is so important to have partners and employees with international experience.