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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!

In the Ganges for Kumbh Mela. Photo by Rafaela Schneider

Kumbh Mela: Religion, the Ganges and Robbery

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious festivals in the world, where Hindu pilgrims flock to the Ganges to have their sins cleansed.
Travel American Samoa

American Samoa 101: An Island Introduction

Located 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii, these volcanic islands are remote, but worth the trip.
Cuba. The author shot this from the dugout in the middle of a game. "Hey, mista shortstop! Hit da hooome rrrun!"

Béisbol: A Traveler’s Inside Look at Baseball in Cuba

A group of former Amherst college ballplayers take a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and geographic journey to play in Cuba against talented players.
Sumo culture in Japan

When Giants Collide: Sumo Culture in Tokyo

Catch a rare glimpse into Japan’s ancient sport of sumo from a ringside seat.
The windows on the front of the house let light and heat into the house.

Overnight in an Earthship: Sustainable Voyage in Taos

Earthships are not your traditional house. They are completely off the grid. Experience what it’s like to live off rain water and the energy of the sun
Riding through the old town in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. ©WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

10 Reasons to Love Vienna

From its imperial past to its coffeehouse culture and love of music, Vienna, Austria has its own unique take on life. Here are our top 10 favorite things to do in Vienna.
Mineral de Pozos. Photo by Flickr/Alejandro Correa

Back to the Future in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico

Mineral de Pozos is being touted as the upcoming escape for artists and writers, and a renaissance is unfolding in building restoration.
A street in Hanoi. Photo by Flickr/Nam-ho Park

How Chickens Cross the Road in Hanoi

In Vietnam, 5 million bikers turn wide boulevards into chasms of fear. They drive on the sidewalks and straight into shops. Here, chickens become breakfast.
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.
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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.

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