How to Navigate Cultural Differences

When traveling, we often become acutely aware of just how different our worldview is from the cultures we encounter. Hoping to dissect this notion, we asked some seasoned travelers what they’ve learned from navigating...
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This and That American Life

When I was recently in Zanzibar, Tanzania, I met a 29-year old yogi from Buffalo, New York. There is a certain quality of surrealism that accompanies meeting a fellow American in a far away...

Why We Travel: Savoring the Small Moments

Some trips are about big moments; they’re filled with nonstop epic sights, dramatic landscapes, architectural wonders, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These trips are mind-blowing, exhausting, and often they’re over and done with before you’ve even...

Why We Travel: We Are More Alike

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness” (Mark Twain) I grew up in a picturesque tiny town in southern Louisiana filled with beautiful oak trees and antebellum homes. There was only one high...

Why We Travel: Developing Cultural Understanding

Eight hands of different sizes reach toward the large dish, scooping portions of richly-spiced cardamom rice and goat meat. It is an intimate moment, squeezed into a circle with seven others, sitting on a...

Why We Travel: A Type of Therapy

I have always traveled through soccer. My weekends were spent traveling for tournaments — first to different parts of California, then, as I got older, to other parts of the nation and, eventually, the...

Why We Travel: Lessons from the Islamic World

I’ve always felt comfortable in the Islamic world. My childhood years in the UAE gave me a familiarity and understanding of Islam, a religion based on peace. I've traveled back to this part of...

Why We Travel: What An American Looks Like

My first time flying to a foreign land was when I was six months old … to the United States to meet my parents. I was adopted from South Korea as an infant. When I...

Why We Travel: Essential Dance Moves

My story begins like many professional jetsetters’ — my first time traveling overseas independently was when I studied abroad in college. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years at NYU, and...

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