Cultural Holidays

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Odissi dancer at the Surrey Festival of India

Odissi dancer at the Surrey Festival of India

Most people like to discover secrets or arcane knowledge about others. Some are interested in the mysteries of cultures from ancient times and others like to explore contemporary cultures.

Imagine seeing the fine detail of brush strokes in a famous painting centuries old and being that close to an icon.

How about walking the grounds of the lost city of the Incas at Machu Picchu that was forgotten for 400 years? Or maybe explore the archeologically rich area of Apulia, Italy. Wouldn’t that be exciting?

While some questions can never be answered, the quest for knowledge is an enjoyable and worthy pursuit for those with a curious mind and an interest in people.

Cultural holidays are an exciting way to answer fascinating questions and experience new worlds of intrigue.

You don’t have to be a daredevil or an adrenaline junkie to participate. Anyone can do it. There’s really no risk, you don’t need any special skills and you don’t need to do any physical conditioning.

The only thing I would recommend is to do a little home study of the culture you’ll be exploring in order to get the most out of the experience.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 1 adventure travel star

Cultural holidays simply don’t have the physical risks of the hard adventure travel activities like white water rafting and swimming with sharks. You’re just not going to get the physical adrenaline rush here. But you certainly may get an intellectual rush.

Some adventures don’t need any risky business in order to have a good time, and cultural holidays are a good example.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2 adventure travel stars

The only real skill you need is the ability to pick an interesting culture to explore. If you can do that you’re sure to have a wonderful adventure. However, in order to enhance the enjoyment, you may need some simple research skills to learn ahead of time about the people and things you expect to see.

Sometimes cultural tours may require some physical exertion on your part. There may be times when you have to hike to a remote location, climb stairs or hills or walk long distances. So, being in decent shape does have its advantages.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Learning about different cultures their lifestyle, history, secrets, art, architecture, religion, and other elements that shaped them is just plain fun. It’s a curiosity thing, I guess.

Most of us enjoy learning about exotic peoples in faraway lands, and cultural holidays help us satisfy our curiosity. We like good stories, and this adventure travel experience is full of them.

Popular places for cultural holidays

There are countless cultures to choose from around the world, so here’s a simple list of some of the more popular places for cultural tours to give you some ideas.

  • China
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • France
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico (Aztec and Mayans)
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Peru (Machu Picchu – Incas)
  • South Pacific Islands (Polynesians)
  • Turkey
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