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Culture Guides

Though the cause for uniting the whole of humanity under a single peaceful banner is noble and good, it is the drastic differences between us that continues to make life, especially travel, so very worthwhile. Whether it’s as stark as arriving in a country that doesn’t speak your language or as subtle as noticing differences in transportation, experiencing the world’s cultural varieties teaches us things books can’t hold–not only about the subject at hand, but ourselves as well.

While your expectations are always going to be wrong in some way, it’s never a bad idea to get a glimpse of where you’re going. Whether it’s to check out the Sami in northern Sweden, take a bath in Damascus, or hike the Great Wall, Matadorians have been there. Check out the content below, and let us know what you discover after you return (or decide to stay).

Culture Guides Articles
1

Ventura might just be the most underrated beach town in America. Here’s why.

by Colm and Paul Fitzgerald
1

The 10 things you’ll miss about Hawaii when you leave

by Jill Kozak
3

18 reasons you should NEVER go to Nevada

by Sarah Park
18

Dear travelers to Alaska: Please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 9 things

by Lindsey Parkinson
4

Dear travelers to Rhode Island: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 10 things

by Jenna McCrory
7

How to piss off someone from West Texas

by Tanner Saunders
3

16 unforgettable moments you’ll experience in Santa Barbara, CA

by Paige Smith
8

Dear travelers to Panama, please don’t come visit until you understand these 6 things

by Habla Ya Spanish Schools
6

10 Things only people who have visited Alaska will understand

by Lindsey Parkinson
3

10 things only us Kansans understand

by Ellie White
2

16 super powers you get from growing up in Wisconsin

by Samantha Bilkey
5

15 things everyone from NYC takes for granted

by Angelica Troeder

18 signs you were born and raised in Cincinnati

by Matt Hershberger
2

19 signs you were born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

by Megan Murphy
1

12 signs you were born and raised in San Diego

by Ashley Williams
2

Dear travelers to Philadelphia, please don’t visit until you understand these 11 things

by Monica Williams

11 facts about Costa Rica that will surprise you

by Emma Thieme
1

7 things I’ve learned as a Latina in the US

by Victoria Pantchenko
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