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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

20 things people in Memphis constantly have to explain to out-of-towners

by Karla Redditte

24 signs you’ve been in Russia too long

by Vivian Lee Wei Xin

12 signs you were born and raised in Oklahoma

by Cate Brantley

14 reasons why Aruba is the happiest island in the world

by Rosalie Klein

16 things about the Islands of Tahiti you won’t understand until you go

by Becca Blond

40+ struggles of living in NYC

by Damon Dominique

30 things you’ll never hear someone from Lisbon say

by Silvia Romão

19 signs you were born and raised in Memphis

by Ashley Smith

6 needs of the Millennial traveler

by Katka Lapelosová

14 things you’ll get addicted to in Turkey

by Johanna Read

49 things you’ll never hear someone from Dublin say

by Janet Newenham

Watch: This guy’s explanation of British accents is spot on

by Alice Latham

13 things Americans could learn from Colombians

by Mónica Corredor

16 thoughts all Indians have when they return from the United States

by Kavya Nankani

5 misconceptions I’ve experienced as a single traveler

by Kristin Lajeunesse

30 signs you were born and raised in Malaysia

by Vivian Lee Wei Xin

30 absurd things that only happen when you live on a boat

by Shelby Huff

9 things you’ll become addicted to after living in Seattle

by Paulette Perhach
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