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Cultural Travel

Cultural Travel

World travel opens our minds and broadens our worldviews. That's because travel allows us to meet new people, experience new cultures and understand new ways of life. We've collected the best travel articles on rewarding cultural travel experiences around the world. Enjoy!

Workers harvest only the pick the smallest, most tender top two leaves on each section. Flickr/Nicholas Turland

Hangzhou’s Dragon Well Tea: Longjing is Fit for an Emperor

In Longjing Village, you can pick tea leaves from the Emperor’s favorite tea garden, and then sample Dragon Well Tea for yourself.
Moroccan men sitting. Photo by Flickr/Carlos ZGZ

First Person: The Moroccan Men’s Club

As I scanned the rows of customers, I saw there was only one woman – me. The Moroccan café society, I soon learned, is synonymous with 'for men only.' Fortunately, some here were willing to overlook that.
Travel in Ecuador - An elderly woman and her beloved dog in the Plaza San Francisco. Photo by Irene Middleman Thomas

Ecuador: Land of Endless Surprises

From exploring the rainforest to horseback riding in the Ecuadorian “wild west,” this tiny country offers many unexpected experiences.
Two sentries guard the entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Flickr/joolsgriff

Vietnam: Say It Ain’t So, Uncle Ho

A traveler reflects on her visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, ranked the sixth ugliest building in the world by CNN.

Video: What to Wear When Visiting a Muslim Country

Elayne Jude offers her fashionable insight on what to wear when visiting a Muslim country.
The Trevi Fountain is arguably the world's most beautiful. Photo courtesy of FireCask Rome

Italians Vote on Their Favorite Places to Visit in Rome

We all know that Rome is a favorite with travelers, but where do Romans themselves like to go in Rome? Here are 10 places the locals love.

Cuba at the Crossroads: What Will Change Bring?

Cuba exists in a time warp, and travelers are drawn to the bygone 1950s era, complete with pink Pontiac convertibles and a secret Hemingway hangout bar.

Split, Croatia: A New Vibrancy

Split, Croatia is booming, both for residents and for travelers. This vibrant city builds on its unique history to create a popular modern destination.
Sunset in Zanzibar. Flickr/mitchpa1984

Spice Island: Travel to Zanzibar

Once ruled by Sultans and known for its exotic spices, Zanzibar draws visitors for its natural beauty, sandy beaches and unique culture.

Thunder Dragon: Adventures in Bhutan

This small country measures success by how happy its people are.
Geisha girl in Japan. Flickr/Japanexperterna.se

Going Geisha in Gion

Tradition runs deep in Kyoto, Japan -- especially in this unique profession.
Paris at night.

Paris: Lost and Found in the Latin Quarter

Paris’ bohemian heart has many a treasure for the carefree traveler. Siddharth Dasgupta reflects on the city's charm in the wake of tragedy.
Celebrating Semana Santa in Spain. Flickr/ fotEK10

Celebrating Semana Santa: Easter in Spain

Easter is celebrated for an entire week in Spain, and it's filled with pagentry, ritual and meaning.
The fountain can be found in Residenzplaz Square.

Salzburg: The Sound of Music and Silence

A traveler discovers the difference between reality and movie magic while traveling in Salzburg, Austria.