Best Cultural Destinations
Best Cultural Destinations
People are Culture. Connecting is the Destination.

Best Cultural Destinations:
Your Window Into Locals'
Lives, Hearts & Souls!
Start Your Cultural Immersion Now!

Best Cultural Destinations:
Your Window Into Locals'
Lives, Hearts & Souls!
Start Your Cultural Immersion Now!

BCD defines “Best Cultural Destinations” as those that teach us, and help us grow in understanding, compassion, and capacity for connection.

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.

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seeking meaningful Ways to Experience Local Culture on your next trip?

Are you eager to have an authentic cultural experience in your next destination...but aren't sure how to? Keen to understand how people in other parts of the world live...but don't know how to go about meeting locals?

BCD can help! Check out our in-depth stories on cultural immersion options ranging from home exchanging to spending a day with a Global Greeter, to volunteering abroad or participating in a fellowship program. Hear from fellow travelers on the ins-and-outs of different modes of cultural immersion!

BCD's Winter Get-Away Recommendations:
Hot Destinations with Cool Culture!
Be There Now!

BCD's Winter Get-Away Recommendations:
Hot Destinations with Cool Culture!
Be There Now!


Rather Watch Than Read?
Check Out BCD's Videos!
Be There Now!

Rather Watch Than Read?
Check Out BCD's Videos!
Be There Now!

The Burren in Ireland

Motif Number 1

Making Lavash!

Visions of the Scottish Highlands

Moreška Sword Dance

Faces of Colombia

What is Culture?

Culture is How We Connect

Tuscany's San Gimignano

 

People are Culture.
Connecting is the Destination.
Be Inspired By These Cultural Creators!

People are Culture.
Connecting is the Destination.
Be Inspired By These Cultural Creators!


Best Cultural Destinations:
Getting Started

Best Cultural Destinations:
Getting Started

The whole point of our existence is to connect. BCD channels the lives of the incredible people we meet around the world who share their culture and "Aha moments".

 
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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.

Wouldn’t you say that our world needs more connection?

Join the BCD Tribe!

 

Best Cultural Destinations'
Back Story

Best Cultural Destinations'
Back Story

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!

We all have a story about what drives us. Here's mine. Maybe you'll relate!