World Visionaries • Spiritual Practices
Fascinated by different cultures?
Intrigued by our human condition?
Be There Now.
Your Window Into Locals' Lives, Hearts & Souls!
Connect with People Bringing Culture to Life!
What's the best window into a culture? Its people. We believe that stories are the best way to inspire authentic cultural travel: Best Cultural Destinations is the only online magazine that offers in-depth stories of people from around the world & all walks of life, who each offer powerful insights about their culture and its history--as well as their own transformational life lessons and spiritual practices, world-changing ideas, dramatic adventures, and hard-won wisdom.
BCD offers more than 200 stories about the cultures of destinations around the world--told by local people in their own voices. Travel the world from the comfort of your armchair. Get new ideas on dimensions of culture to delve into on your next trip. Start your cultural immersion now with inspiring stories, interviews, feature articles, thoughtful essays and powerful videos. Learn about destinations through the eyes of locals. Explore our unique differences & shared human condition.
People. Stories. Connecting.
The World's Unique Traditions.
Our Universal Humanity.
Dip In. Take A Taste!
Let A Local Share Their Story.
Be There Now.
These collections feature amazing stories of people behind some of the world's most awe-inspiring archaeology, dance & song traditions, festivals, folk art, legends & textiles.
Connect now with someone bringing culture to life at your next destination.
Why wait? Be inspired now!
Connect with others around the world who are engaged in enlarging their spiritual life!
Explore individual practices and far-reaching movements from locales as diverse as Slovenia to New Orleans, and Ireland to India. In this series we uncover the secrets of Mayan healing and energy; take a look at what a Pilgrimage really is; explore Celtic mythology; and examine the universal human longings and principles that unite different faiths of the world...as well as what divides us.
With this Q & A series, tap into the vision of some of the world's most innovative and inspirational leaders in the realms of art, culture, education, and sustainability. Meet pioneering activists & global change agents who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. Get straight talk on initiatives that are making the planet a better place from U.N. heads, museum curators, social entrepreneurs and a host of others.
People Are Culture. Culture is How We Connect.
"Visions of the Journey," is an e-book featuring my photographs from locales around the globe, captioned by motivational and thought-provoking quotes from sages of the ages, ranging from Ovid to Oprah. The book is designed to smooth your path through life, and features imagery and observations on new beginnings, unexpected turns in the road, experience, patience and progress.
The photographs featured in the book span every ecosystem: tropical islands, deserts, jungles, fjords, plains, glaciers, volcanic mountains and coastlines. The pictures depict settings that convey the beauty of the world we live in, and universal aspects of the human condition. Those quoted represent a breadth of cultures and spiritual movements, and include insights from philosophers, political leaders, writers, comedians, musicians, poets, artists, and others, from the B.C. era to today.
"Culture is not about standing in a long line to buy a ticket to go look at something in a glass box. Culture is people who are tapping into their own unique manifestation of the human experience by creating, expressing, sharing, and allowing us to know them--and ourselves." -Meg Pier
Best Cultural Destinations: Who We Are.
Best Cultural Destinations: Getting Started
Best Cultural Destinations believes that the whole point of our existence is to connect. Through stories of cultural travel, we channel the lives of the incredible people we meet around the world and share their culture and "Aha moments". Experience the life lessons of a Mayan shaman, a Scottish clan chief, a Slovenian chef, a Maltese archaeologist, Cambodian musician and many, many other fascinating people. Meet folks from around the world whose lives may be radically different than yours...but in whom you are very likely to see something of yourself as we learn more about our shared human condition. Wouldn’t you say that our world needs more connection?
Not sure where to start? How about our World Visionaries Collection?
Do you need inspiration for planning a truly life-changing trip? We can help!
Or read more about our founder, Meg Pier over here!
Stay in touch and subscribe to be part of the BCD tribe today!
I'm Meg Pier, founder & editor of BCD. I believe people are culture, and that connection is the destination. And how are we transported on this journey? With stories, the same way humanity has made sense of life and connected with each other since Neolithic man created cave art. Storytelling is in our DNA. For a decade, I have been asking people around the world to tell me their stories. As I listen, I connect--with them, their culture, myself, and the Universe.
It's a privilege to present to you the compelling and heart-warming life experiences and cultural traditions of the hundreds of people featured on these pages. BCD is devoted to sharing rich, expansive narratives that have real meaning. We all matter, we each have an incredible story, and everyone has something to teach us. Have fun exploring BCD and enjoy whatever lesson serendipity presents! I promise that your day--and your life--will be enriched!