About Best Cultural Destinations
Best Cultural Destinations profiles people around the world who are bringing culture to life. With an approach that is equal parts National Geographic-Vanity Fair-People magazine, BCD offers moving human interest stories, insightful features on the intersection of tourism and social change, compelling photography, and high energy, uplifting videos. BCD is for people who read, think, and have a desire to connect in a meaningful way with local cultures around the world.
BCD provides a unique perspective, presenting stories of how culture is created and shared--by allowing locals to tell their own stories in their own voices. Through interviews and profiles, you'll meet indigenous artisans, pioneering activists and innovators, dedicated preservationists, spiritual seekers, global visionaries and a host of others, who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. You'll also learn about their personal epiphanies, challenges, breakthroughs, and hopes for the future--for at the heart of all culture is our shared human condition.
BCD was founded by Meg Pier, who sees herself as "channeling" the stories of people who have been generous in sharing their experiences with her. Meg considers being a conduit for cultural identity as a sacred responsibility.
A proponent of experiential travel, Meg values the expertise of local guides who can offer access and insights that she readily admits she can’t presume to achieve on her own. Experiential means walking in the shoes of another, and getting a glimpse of life through their eyes. It also means responding—intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically—to the sensations elicited by an encounter with living, breathing culture. Such exchanges mean a connection has been made, our lives have been enriched, and we take away a little something of that culture, which will remain with us always.
Best Cultural Destinations is an outgrowth of www.viewfromthepier.com, a site Meg launched in 2008 and which was her creative laboratory for the eight years. Meg has been engaged in telling people's stories for more than 30 years, and when not immersing herself in the world's cultures, she helps destinations and organizations position, enhance and brand their cultures.