experiential travel

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

Are forging local connections important to you when you travel? Here are some ideas from people around the world on how to have an authentic cultural immersion and meet local people in the destination you are visiting. According to Travel Weekly, “In 2019, ‘Living like a local’ will go up a notch with holiday makers getting so under the skin of a destination, they consider themselves honorary citizens. Fueled by the rise in sustainable tourism and growing awareness to put tourist dollars to good use by supporting local communities, travelers in 2019 will seek out more local experiences than ever before.”

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap

Are you a traveler who is keen to experience a destination through locals’ eyes? To get under the skin of a culture and celebrate its uniqueness, as well as feel part of our universal shared human condition? And get free lodging in the process? Then a long term house swap might be right up your alley! While cost-saving may have motivated many to try home exchanging, this this mode of travel, it has become an effective grass roots form of cultural diplomacy.

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap

Flamenco: Madrid's Amor de Dios Studio

Ole! Ready to be invigorated by an ancient art form? Prepare to stamp your feet along with the beat! Join BCD for a tour through the history and contemporary practice of Spain’s soulful & exuberant flamenco, recognized by UNESCO as an item of intangible cultural heritage. Visit the classes of Amor de Dios Studio in Madrid and watch aspiring artists learn the subtleties of flamenco’s complex nuances! Connect with flamenco’s Gypsy roots and Andalucian spirit!

Flamenco: Madrid's Amor de Dios Studio

Flamenco: Duende

Curious about the phenomenon that drives the passion behind flamenco? Welcome to Seville, capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and epicenter of the ancient art form of flamenco. Grab a seat for a mesmerizing performance & an education in the fierce spirit of duende! Be regaled with the story of flamenco’s origins; learn how the cultural legacy of 15th century gypsies lives on today in Seville. Witness how duende comes alive with the passionate call & response of palmas, pitos & bailaor at the renowned Tablao El Arenal. Let BCD offer you a unique front row seat to the life-changing experience of duende!

Flamenco: Duende

Flamenco Fashion & Sello Proprio

Relish stories of people pursuing their creativity & passion? Meet two artists from the colorful world of flamenco who had the courage to follow their dreams. Renowned flamenco dancer Antoñete reveals how he got his start, and shares how he passes on the art form to others in his studio in the Sevilla neighborhood of La Macarena. Dressmaker Aurora Gavino, who has owned a flamenco dress store for 20 years near Plaza del Triunfo, shares the fashion collections of her successful fashion designer-daughter, also named Aurora, and how a sibling’s death is transformed from tragedy to artistic inspiration. BCD highlights the human connections behind flamenco, showing the power of tradition, culture & self-expression.

Flamenco Fashion & Sello Proprio

Seville, Home of Flamenco

Are you drawn to destinations that exude mystery, history & romance? Stroll with BCD through the cobblestone streets on a tour of Seville and soak up the ancient ambiance of a culture shaped by Jewish traders, Muslim missionaries, and Gypsy nomads. Relax in the gardens of Real Alcazar, the oldest European royal residence, which has been in constant use for more than 1,000 years. Get happily lost in the eccentric labyrinth of Barrio Santa Cruz. Immerse yourself in the flamboyant spirit of one of the world’s best-loved dance forms at the Museum of Flamenco Dance. Let BCD give you the back story and local perspectives on Seville’s' cultural heritage before you travel!

Seville, Home of Flamenco