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Top Travel Ideas for Experiencing Local Culture

Book these enriching TRIPS by Culture Trip to experience different cultures from an insider’s perspective.
Nick Dauk
15 Mar 2022
Travel offers the opportunity to learn about local cultures and take on a new perspective. But on a short trip, it’s easy to find yourself lost in tourist traps without a local in sight. So imagine swapping stories on a junk ship in Vietnam, taking a wine-filled cultural trip into Georgia’s past or experiencing the world’s holiest sites alongside members of different religions. Join other travellers who are curious about local culture and discover a whole new way to experience the world on these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1 . Spend the night in a Buddhist temple in South Korea

Let this 10-day city and mountain adventure show you that the soul of South Korea stretches far beyond Seoul. You’ll get your first glimpse into local culture in the capital city, where you’ll see the traditional houses of Bukchon Hanok Village collide with late-night karaoke bars. Experience the flavours of Korea with cooking and soju tasting in colourful Busan, and an authentic dinner in a traditional hanok. After spending a night in the sixth-century Golgulsa Temple, you’ll leave with a deep appreciation and understanding of this East Asian nation.

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2 . Enjoy a home-cooked meal on Mount Zion in Jerusalem

The weather warms up immensely as Israel welcomes the spring, and you can expect to catch plenty of religious festivals across all denominations and faiths as the changing seasons are celebrated. This seven-day cultural trip helps you appreciate all sides of the Holy Land, as you’re guided through Jerusalem’s sacred sites by both an Arab and a Jewish guide. Enjoy a fresh, home-cooked dinner with a local family on Mount Zion, visit the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, then cruise across the Dead Sea before ending your journey on the beaches of Tel Aviv.

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3 . Bask in the cradle of wine in rural Georgia

Cheese-filled khachapuri, nutty churchkhela and local wine serve as the fuel for this cultural trip through rural Georgia. As you hike the Caucasus Mountains and immerse yourself in the Unesco World Heritage-listed Mtskheta, discover the country’s ancient baking and wine-making traditions from master craftspeople. Cap off the adventure with a soak in the sulphur baths of Tbilisi – a quintessential local experience.

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4 . Eat your way around Mexico City

This five-day Mexico City trip is one for the foodies. Beginning with dinner and cocktails in the historic, central Zócalo, this local experience also takes you on a gastronomic journey through Roma and Condesa, Mexico City’s trendiest foodie districts. On day three, you’ll see the Teotihuacan Pyramids and in the evening you’ll try mezcal and watch lucha libre. Toast your trip with margaritas and mariachi on a boat ride down the Xochimilco canals before bidding farewell with one last breakfast of huevos rancheros or chilaquiles.

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5 . Experience rural farm life in Vietnam

Immerse yourself in rural village life and get to know the true heart of Vietnam with this 12-day local culture experience. Junk ship rides and train travel will have you rubbing elbows with locals at every turn. Without a doubt, some of the coolest locals you’ll meet are the White Thai village buffalo, who wait for you to feed them treats. You’ll get a snack of your own when stopping for tea with the indigenous people of the area during a memorable homestay.

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Richard Collett contributed to this article.