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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

15 facts about Lake Placid that will surprise you

by Ailsa Ross

Dear travelers to Israel: please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 11 things

by Henry Miller

6 sinful things you’ll get addicted to if you live in Beijing

by Bethan Williams

6 Japanese habits I had to break when I returned home to the US

by Nia Davis

Before European Christians forced gender roles, Native Americans acknowledged 5 genders

by Cathy Brown

A guide to mountain slang

by Tim Wenger

How to confuse a Michigander

by Rebecca Klein

It’s not autumn in Colorado unless these 11 things happen

by Tim Wenger

7 crucial things to know before visiting Dubai

by Ann Benjamin

13 things people say when they hear you’re from Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey

How to piss off a Texan

by Genevieve Northup

25 signs you’re a Canadian transplant living in the US

by Jade Belzberg

I spent my 20s in South Korea and here’s what I learned

by Ben McKechnie

8 things you’ll get addicted to in New Jersey

by Lucy Di Santo

We need to talk about how amazing 7-Elevens in Japan are

by Julie Marchiano

11 things I stopped doing when I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles

by Julia Kitlinski-Hong

7 things you’ll miss when you leave New Jersey

by Lucy Di Santo

You know you’re back home in Colorado when…

by Tim Wenger
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