The term tourist experiences is used here to refer to those intercultural encounters reported by virtually all visitors to other countries. Shared by both tourists and long-term sojourners, these anecdotes concern such characters as taxi drivers, shopkeepers, restaurant workers, hotel desk clerks, and customs officials. The developers of these materials have wondered why taxi drivers play a part in so many sojourner anecdotes. Our suggestion is that taxi drivers are often the first representatives of the host country that tourists or sojourners meet. Arriving visitors are tired after their travels. They want to find their hotels or residences, and they need key information necessary for their survival (e.g., about money exchange, food, medical care). Taxi drivers are frequently the sources of new ...