The World’s Best Destinations for Cultural Tourism

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The best way to truly get to know a country is to throw yourself into the culture – which is the main aim of cultural tourism. Not only can you truly engage with the locals, but you might even get mistaken for one as well.

For all the history buffs and culture fanatics out there, here are 5 of the best holiday destinations to really discover culture… your travels will never be the same again.

1. Hawaii

First populated by the Polynesians over 1,000 years ago, Hawaii is an island full to the brim with cultural opportunities. Immerse yourself in the unique Hawaiian culture by learning the language, enjoying an authentic Hawaiian royalty experience at Iolani Palace, and finding out more about the interesting blend of cultures that make up the modern island, by delving into Japanese and American history.

2. India

A country rich in culture, India is known for its smells, colours, and energy. Check out just how India sparkles by exploring the marketplaces and tombs of the capital city Delhi, or the monuments and temples of romantic Rajasthan. A visit to the Taj Mahal is an absolute must for anyone wanting to experience true Indian culture. Don’t miss everything India has to offer by booking a tour of India and checking off every cultural highlight from your bucket list.

3. Cuba

Discover why invading Spaniards called Cuba “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever beheld” by throwing yourself into the Cuban culture of Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha and Afro-Cuban Jazz. Not only is Cuba a feast for the eyes, but their world-famous carnivals and Jazz festivals are easy on the ears, too.

4. Japan

If you enjoy finding out more about a country’s culture by completely immersing yourself, head to Japan. There is a myriad of ways to find out about the traditions that underpin Japanese culture; the most popular being the country’s historic shrines and temples, and spiritual and cultural celebrations.

5. Italy

Italy is a country that has it all. Wasting days in the country is effortless when you can explore the incredible ancient sites of Rome, the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and the numerous Italian restaurants on offer. After all, getting to know a country’s cuisine is also a big part of its culture. Don’t miss the lively Venice Carnival for an easy glimpse into life as a Venetian.

Cultural tourism is all about a more concerted effort to true and engage with the local culture. While it might seem daunting to throw yourself into life in your destination country, it truly is the best way to get to know a place… after you start travelling for cultural tourism, it’ll be hard to stop.

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