Best Cultural Destinations
Best Cultural Destinations
Stories about the world's unique cultures & our shared human experience
 

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Here's BCD's Philosophy. Are We Simpatico?

Are you an experiential traveler?
Fascinated by different cultures?
Intrigued by our human condition?
Be There Now.


Best Cultural Destinations:
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.

 
 
Best Cultural Destinations: 200+ Stories.
The World's Unique Traditions.
Our Universal Humanity.
Dip In. Take A Taste!

 

17 Collections Bring You Face-to-Face with Four Continents & 26 Countries.
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!

 

 Armenia Collection

Armenia Collection

 Canada Collection

Canada Collection

 Caribbean Collection

Caribbean Collection

 Central America Collection

Central America Collection

 Colombia Collection

Colombia Collection

 Croatia Collection

Croatia Collection

 Estonia Collection

Estonia Collection

 Ireland Collection

Ireland Collection

 Italy Collection

Italy Collection

 Mediterranean Island Collection

Mediterranean Island Collection

 Mexico Collection

Mexico Collection

 Nordic Countries Collection

Nordic Countries Collection

 Portuguese Islands Collection

Portuguese Islands Collection

 Scotland Collection

Scotland Collection

 Slovenia Collection

Slovenia Collection

 Spain Collection

Spain Collection

 U.S. Collection

U.S. Collection


Spiritual Practices

 
 
 

Are you a spiritual seeker?
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.


World Visionaries

 
 
 
 

Expand your mind and world view from the comfort of your armchair!

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.

 

BCD Defines Culture--Does our Meaning Resonate with You?

Searching for Connection? Here’s How!


Subscribe and get a free copy of the 'Visions of the Journey' E-Book!
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"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

 
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Best Cultural Destinations: Who We Are.

On BCD you won’t find the “top 10 things to do in Paris”, reviews of hotels, or sponsored posts. Instead you’ll be able to travel the world (without even leaving your living room) and be transported through life-changing stories of humanity and connection, or take your wanderlust to the next level by learning about the depths and secrets behind different cultures across the globe.

If you want other travelers' opinions, go to TripAdvisor. If you want the take of cool people on their own culture, who also share some pretty amazing life lessons, then dive in: welcome to Best Cultural Destinations!

What you will find on Best Cultural Destinations is a unique perspective, presenting stories of how culture is created and shared--by allowing locals to tell their own stories in their own voices. Best Cultural Destinations is for those looking for experiential travel: for people who read, think, and have a desire to connect in a meaningful way with local cultures around the world.

Best Cultural Destinations believes in truly immersive, responsible travel. We cover the type of travel that makes all involved richer from the experience, in every way.

 

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!

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!