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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

Dear travelers to Hawaii: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 6 things

by Jill Kozak

17 things people from Honolulu have to explain to out-of- towners

by Jill Kozak

Dear travelers to Turkey: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 8 things

by Lisa Morrow

Kansas City might just be the most exciting place in America right now. Here’s proof.

by Katherine Liljegren

13 things only people who’ve been to Asheville understand

by David Miller

16 things you get addicted to after living in St. Louis

by Lindsay Wang

9 reasons we should all be celebrating South Dakota on #605Day

by Jill Majerus

12 things you didn’t know about Santa Barbara, CA

by Paige Smith

11 side effects I had as a traveler in South Korea

by Katie McGrain

Abu Dhabi might just be the most exciting destination in the Middle East. Here’s why.

by Elizabeth Totton

20 things only someone who lives in a van will understand

by Alyssa Wyatt

Dear travelers to the Jersey Shore: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 5 things

by Matt Hershberger

It’s not an Irish wedding unless these 18 things happen

by Sorcha O'Higgins

10 reasons Puerto Rico is the ultimate vacation destination

by Melissa Alvarado Sierra

15 things Michiganders always have to explain to outsiders

by Nicole Wildman

Dear travelers to Spain: please don’t come visit until you understand these 9 things

by Ana Bulnes

12 side effects I had as an American living in Melbourne

by Rebecca Bellan

18 reasons you should NEVER go to Nevada

by Sarah Park
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