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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

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

by Colm and Paul Fitzgerald

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

by Jill Kozak

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

by Jenna McCrory

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

by Lindsey Parkinson

How to piss off someone from West Texas

by Tanner Saunders

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

by Paige Smith

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

by Habla Ya Spanish Schools

10 Things only people who have visited Alaska will understand

by Lindsey Parkinson

10 things only us Kansans understand

by Ellie White

16 super powers you get from growing up in Wisconsin

by Samantha Bilkey

15 things everyone from NYC takes for granted

by Angelica Troeder

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

by Megan Murphy

7 things I wish people had told me before I moved to Santa Barbara

by Mike Cianciulli

18 signs you were born and raised in Cincinnati

by Matt Hershberger

12 signs you were born and raised in San Diego

by Ashley Williams

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

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

by Victoria Pantchenko
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