Travel is all about broadening the mind and experiencing the culture of a new destination is a highlight of any holiday. Culture can of course mean music, crafts, food and sight seeing around Europe or staying in a tribal hut in the African bush or a mountain village in Nepal!
Take time to meet local people wherever you go – talk to them about their way of life and immerse yourself a different environment, visit their houses and meet their families. Don’t go on holiday and complain that ‘the food is not British’ – sample the local specialties!! Food holidays are a great way to experience local culture, whether it’s a cookery school in Italy or a wander round the markets of south east Asia and cooking with the locals.
Spending time with indigenous tribes in particular, is an enriching experience on all levels. It also means that by leaving your luxury resort maybe and travelling off the beaten track, you are contributing to local economy, buying food, drink and supplies from people along the way. There are many great examples of community tourism and conservation efforts all over the world. When on an African Safari I can suggest the right places to stay where your safari camp will be on community lands, run by local staff and guides and locations that with enrich your stay in many other ways than just watching the wildlife! I highly recommend spending time in Namibia with Conservancy Safaris.
There are lots of options for walking or cycling holidays around the world where you follow trails well off the beaten track and stay in small villages with local people. There are donkey trails in Spain or guided trails in the Himalayas … lots of options for real cultural experiences around the world!
Family holidays can be particularly rewarding when you spend time with families from other cultures and backgrounds. Take your children to meet others of their age in their local schools – they’ll be pen pals for life!
Volunteering holidays are also a great way to learn from other cultures and teach them as well. Many destinations offer projects where you can spend time sharing your skills – that could be medical training, teaching English, sharing cooking skills or teaching sewing and other crafts for example. There are also volunteer projects in village communities and wildlife sanctuaries. Ask me about including some volunteer work in your travels, particularly if you want to journey around the globe for an extended period, and we can work some projects into your itinerary.
A wonderful community based conservation project in Northern Namibia. Authentic tribal culture and desert wildlife. Conservation tourism at it’s best!
Learn about the culinary style and ingredients of Vietnam in a fabulous local cookery school!
This is a 14 day group adventure holiday to the wonderful, vibrant West African countries of Senegal and Gambia and offers desert, forests, waterfalls and wetlands and chance to visit lively cities, rural villages, enjoy breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches.
A small group holiday to Burma to discover a fascinating place which has been largely untouched by the outside world. Explore remote villages, stay in local guesthouses and visit temples, floating markets and lakes.
The people of Vietnam love cycling and what better way to explore a country than on two wheels! Enjoy this beautiful country with it’s paddy fields, cloud covered mountains, sandy beaches and amazing bays of limestone outcrops.
A group adventure tour traversing Egypt from the ancient sites around Cairo and Luxor to drifting down the Nile and finally relaxing by the Red Sea. Wonder at the treasures from the oldest tourist destination on earth!
A fabulous group adventure tour covering Ethiopia from the far north and the Simien mountains right down through the rift valely to the Kenya border including the historical north and lakes and culture of the south.
Enjoy the classic Kenya Safari with a difference – explore the little visited areas of Western Kenya around Lake Victoria and spend time with local people including a night in a homestay.
A 15 day group holiday combining off the beaten track parts of Southern Thailand with volunteering in a rural village, exploring Bangkok and the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park with free time on tropical Koh Samui island.