International travel is off the table for many Americans right now, making it difficult to truly experience other cultures. Of course, there are still limitless options for domestic travel. The US has some of the vastest and most diverse geography of any country on the planet, and you could easily spend a lifetime trying to see it all. The fact remains, however, that most domestic trips can’t replicate the sense of cultural discovery you get when traveling abroad. Booking.com recognized this problem and is trying to do something about it.
The hotel booking platform just launched a new campaign, called #AmericaIsForEveryone, designed to expose US citizens to global cultures without actually requiring them to go overseas.
“To kickstart your journey,” Booking.com said, “we’ve found 10 eclectic accommodations across the US that celebrate a selection of the countless cultures and communities that have shaped the nation we live in today. For two-night stays on November 20-21, 2020, each accommodation will provide a custom-designed and safety-first itinerary, so you can enjoy authentic meals, historical tours and more unforgettable experiences.”
The 10 experiences are:
- Vietnamese culture in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Ethiopian culture in Silver Spring, Maryland
- Greek culture in Tarpon Springs, Florida
- German culture in Frankenmuth, Michigan
- Dutch culture in Oak Harbor, Washington
- Haitian culture in Miami, Florida
- Indian culture in Jersey City, New Jersey
- Mexican culture in Denver, Colorado
- Japanese culture in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Danish culture in Solvang, California
The Factors Row luxury apartments in New Orleans, for example, are a little slice of Vietnam. They’ll put you right near the famous Vietnamese Farmers Market, and give you a taste of Vietnamese culture in the Big Easy. Tarpon Springs, FL, might not be Greece itself, but it creates a pretty convincing illusion. The large Greek community here will make you feel like you’re strolling around a local Greek village. The experience includes dinner at a popular Greek restaurant and a cultural immersion through wine tasting or a sponge diving boating tour.
Each location has its own unique cultural experience attached, with full details available on Booking.com.
The first guests to book one of the featured accommodations will get a major discount, only paying $50 for a full weekend. The offer starts on November 16 at noon EST.