5 Top Cultural Experiences to Do While Traveling the World
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Traveling the world is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Imagine immersing yourself in the rich traditions of Asian countries, savoring the rich flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine, or basking in the glory of a Mediterranean sunset. The possibilities are endless if you’re looking for new experiences.
Become a Winemaker in Tuscany
Tuscany is the most prolific wine region in Italy. The area lies in central Italy and is famous for its main product — Tuscan wine. You can experience a taste of this viticultural tradition by signing up for winemaking classes when you’re in the area.
By enrolling in a class, you’ll immerse yourself in the rich history by becoming a winemaker for a day. Depending on the season, you’ll experience the many stages of the winemaking process from the vineyard to the bottle.
These winemaking classes will give you the experience of bottling your wine in the tradition that made the Tuscany region earn its place on the map as a premier wine producer.
Have a beer at Montana Bierhuis Village in Curacao
Curacao is an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea and part of the ABC island chain which includes Aruba and Bonaire. There are many lovely resorts in Curacao that take advantage of the island’s sandy white beaches and year-round tropical climate. The best time to visit Curacao is from May to December when the airfares and resort rates are at their lowest.
Besides expansive beaches and diving spots, Curacao has a rich history to share with its visitors. Its strategic location for trade and commerce made it an attractive target for European colonizers, especially the Spanish and Dutch who made it a central hub for the Dutch West India Company.
Today, along with St. Maarten, Curacao is a constituent country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Besides being known for its orange liqueur, Curacao is also home to local beer crafted by Montana Bierhuis, a beautiful Dutch brewery. Here, you can enjoy a day tour of the brewery facilities and then have a cold one set against the beautiful Curacao sunset.
Attend a Classical Concert in Vienna, Austria
Every year, tourists flock to Austria to experience the majestic Austrian Alps and the fantastic skiing opportunities. But Austria is far more than just a premier ski destination. The country also has a lot of cultural heritage to explore.
Fortunately, Austria has preserved much of its historic architecture. Scenic walking tours can be arranged to take you to towns that are so picturesque you’ll feel like you’re in a postcard. One of the most popular towns to visit is Innsbruck.
Austria is also home to many famous classical composers. The likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II once walked the streets of Vienna. Their music was likely influenced by the architecture that we can still appreciate today.
When in Vienna, experience the music of Mozart played by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. The group dresses up in historical costumes that truly bring the music to life. The group plays symphonies following the historical style of the past, so you can have an authentic rendition of how historical Austrians enjoyed the music of the great musical composers.
Visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan
Japan is a mix of both new and old traditions. The bustling Harajuku streets, for example, are in stark contrast to traditional geisha and shrine districts. But no matter where you spend time in Japan, you’ll always get a taste of its local culture through food, scenery, and religion.
The best time to visit Japan is in March and April. This is the month when cherry blossoms are in full bloom and provide the most majestic backdrop for pictures. But keep in mind that the experience in Japan is not complete without a visit to one of the Shinto Shrines located all over the country.
Shinto translates to “the way of the gods.” This belief system originated in Japan and, with 80% of its population practicing it to some degree (often along with Buddhism), it’s considered a major religion. Some of the Shinto shrines can be visited for free and are accessible by bus. When visiting any of these sites, be sure to respect traditions such as washing your hands and rinsing your mouth.
Tour the Mayan Temples in Guatemala
Central America and Guatemala especially, is home to the Mayan civilization. Over the years, archeologists have discovered many Mayan artifacts and temples that give you a glimpse into Mayan history.
Mayans were the native inhabitants of South America. They were considered to be one of the most advanced ancient civilizations during their time, and you can find proof of their technological advancements in the artifacts discovered on Mayan grounds.
The earliest Mayan groups are believed to have been established in 2000 B.C. They mysteriously disappeared sometime in the tenth century.
There is no exact count as to how many Mayan ruins there are, but about 4,000 ruins are believed to exist in Guatemala. Some of these ruins have been transformed into tourist attractions with guided tours, and you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mayan history by visiting one or two.
Some of these ruins have been beautifully preserved, and you can get a glimpse of everyday Mayan life through these tours.
Traveling the world broadens your horizons and deepens your understanding of other cultures and your own. Every country you visit is like a new friend waiting to be discovered. To get the most out of your travels, immerse yourself in cultural tourism; you’ll be amazed at what every place has to offer.