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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

13 signs you were born and raised in Romania

by Paula Veselovschi

15 signs you were born and raised in Russia

by Marina Vinogradova

16 signs you were born and raised in the north of England

by Tommy Walker

15 signs you were born and raised in Utah

by Rachel Rueckert

19 American habits I lost when I moved to Ghana

by Rachel Rueckert

12 things that happen when you move to Thailand

by Casey O'Connell

10 side effects of living in Cornwall

by Lauren Williams

Your flight attendants have a secret language. Here’s what they’re saying.

by Blissom Booblé

14 signs you were born and raised in Tropical North Queensland

by Hayley Simpson

7 things we’re guessing you didn’t know about Hungary

by Colm FitzGerald

10 French habits I lost when I moved to the USA

by Celine Lingelser

12 things people abroad would be shocked to learn about the US

by Matt Hershberger

What French kids eat for school lunch (it puts Americans to shame!)

by Rebeca Plantier

16 signs you’ve become culturally Melbournian

by Tommy Walker

8 signs you were born and raised in Greece

by BreadCrumbs

7 French habits your family should adopt

by Rebeca Plantier

8 American habits I lost in China

by Lauren Steffen

10 of the funniest expressions from Louisiana (and how to use them)

by Hank Mendheim
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