Travel with Purpose

Cultural travel is a type of travel that emphasizes experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a temporary visitor, who travels just to have fun and leave the place. Cultural travelers leave their home environment at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to become part of the culture they visit. 

Why Did I Travel to Eritrea?

I was waiting with publishing my post on Eritrea for months now. I wasn’t sure if I should focus just on my in-country experience, as after I included some fact on the actual situation in…

Should Travelers Eat Controversial Local Food Abroad?

Every country has its own culture and traditions, and the food is an inseparable part of it. During my studies of cultural history, some of my research involved examining Medieval and Early Modern cookery books…

Understanding Cuba: What No One Talks About

I’ve been hearing stories about Cuba since childhood, as my parents went on their honeymoon there. Then, I ended up in high school that had Jose Marti for a patron. To European visitors, Cuba has…

How the US Elections Made Me Fear for the Future of the Travel Industry

On November 9th, Donald Trump won the presidential elections in the US. The country has been divided, with many not accepting the president elect, causing protests in defiance all over America. But, no matter who you…

Behind the Photos: Dealing with Psoriasis When Traveling

A year ago I wrote an article describing my experience living and traveling with chronic conditions. While the responses from my readers were mainly positive, many reactions to a reprinted version of my article on…

Boracay – The Worst Tourist Trap in the Philippines

One of the most visited destinations in the Philippines, Boracay is famous for its beautiful beaches and great parties. The beaches are often compared to paradise lost because of their white sand that’s incredibly soft…

Lions in Zimbabwe: Politics and Volunteering

In April 2010 I took part in my first volunteering project at Antelope Park, based in Gweru in Zimbabwe. When I announced my decision to friends and family their emotions were mixed. I heard why…

12 Misconceptions About Mexico

In the minds of most people, Mexico is usually seen as a beach resort destination or a corrupt narco-state run by drug lords. However, the majority of people don’t know the truth about Mexico, its…