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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 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

14 signs you were born and raised in British Columbia

by Jordan Oram

11 signs you were born and raised in Mumbai

by Roxane Bamboat

9 things Philadelphians love to hate

by Kristen Hopf

9 signs you were born and raised in Manila

by Kate Alvarez

How to travel to Africa without being another neocolonialist

by Richard Stupart

7 things Americans can learn from the Vietnamese

by Jacqueline Kehoe

16 ways to avoid being the cliché tourist in Paris

by Brenna Daldorph

8 comments Spanish people are sick of hearing

by Ana Bulnes

9 signs you’ve become a nomad

by Matt Hershberger

10 signs this is your first backpacking trip

by Cathy Brown

12 slang phrases Boston gave the rest of America

by Vanessa Van Doren

25 ways to know you’re a line cook

by Gabrielle Balestrier

7 things Americans can learn from Cubans

by Jordan Reinwald

8 things you need to know to understand Mexican women

by Rulo Luna

10 simple rules for not annoying every single person in your hostel at night

by Barbara Litzlfellner

9 ways to make Irish people like you

by Niall Colbert

17 ways you know you’ve become culturally British

by Amaia
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