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).

Photo: Patrick

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Art tripper, Nevada


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10 awesome ways to experience the true culture of Costa Rica

10 things that only Wisconsinites find funny

11 signs you were raised by a mom from Maine

10 signs you were raised by a Pennsylvanian mom

8 misconceptions the world has about Arizonans

7 things you probably don’t know about Bastille Day

Why Dubai is the best trip to dip your toes in Arab culture

8 Instagram accounts that will help reshape how you view the Middle East

Patriotism defines America, but what about the rest of the world?

12 side effects of living in Maine

10 things Philadelphians love more than the rest of the U.S.

10 misconceptions the world has about Wisconsin

11 reasons you should never date an Arizonan

7 memories you have growing up in Alaska

The 10 foods Philadelphians crave when they go home

35 habits that are hard to shake when you leave Alaska

11 things Wisconsinites find important that the rest of the world doesn’t care about

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