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Every country has a (multi)cultural footprint. And, travel encourages open-mindedness about exploring these cultural footprints.

Travel lets us experience new cultures. Sometimes these cultures are similar to ours, and at times they are not at all familiar to our own. Through travel, we observe traditions, experience history, taste new cuisines, take in art forms, meet locals, and appreciate alternative perceptions of life.

About the CultureTrav blog

On this blog, we dig deeper at cultural immersion. We’re interested in hearing stories about how you connect with locals, and embark on new adventures. We appreciate reading stories about hole-in-the-wall cafes, spontaneous moments, and less-than-ideal situations. We enjoy stories that highlight what makes other cultures unique, but also those that look at similarities that connect us as people.

Our founder, Nicolette Orlemans, comes from a multicultural background. She has always been interested in hearing others’ stories. Nicolette also hosts a weekly #CultureTrav Twitter chat bringing travelers together to share impressions and perspectives. We encourage you to share stories of your hometowns, of your local communities, and of your experiences that have enriched you.

How do we do this? 

– We share stories and lessons learned by travelers in foreign cultures, and give them a voice to share their recommendations, too.

In our series with Storytellers, travelers share about their own cultures at home, and what travel has further taught them about our world.

– Through conversations with travel entrepreneurs, we hear about the interesting endeavors they’ve launched in the world of travel.

Our team:

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Nicolette Orlemans, Founder/Editor 

Nicolette is the founder of Culture With Travel and the weekly Twitter chat, #CultureTrav. She has extensive experience in social media management and communications strategy for various healthcare organizations, an e-commerce site and freelance initiatives specializing in travel. Nicolette lives in New York, NY. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram, @nicolette_o.

Samuel Calvo, Site Administrator & Graphic Designer

Samuel is a website administrator and graphic designer for Culture with Travel. He has worked as an executive and admin assistant specializing in marketing, social media management, graphic design and more. Sam lives in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines with his wife and their baby boy.

Haley Schwartz, Co-host of #CultureTrav

Haley is a co-host of #CultureTrav, the weekly Twitter chat that connects travelers all over the world. Haley was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012. Since then, she has lived in Georgia and New York and embarked on many international adventures. She’s constantly seeking to broaden her horizons by visiting and learning from different cultures. Connect with Haley on Twitter and Instagram!

Culture with Travel Blog Correspondents

We’re also excited to have a great group of regular Culture with Travel correspondents who write about their experiences. See how they explore locally and internationally. Follow their adventures and read their stories!

Brian Cicioni

Brian is the founder of I May Roam, and is Culture with Travel’s East Coast correspondent. He resides in Pennsylvania when he’s not traveling, and also leads food tours and The Ramones music tour in NYC! Follow Brian on Twitter!

Aditi Sangal 

Aditi was born and raised in Delhi, India, and moved to New York to attend Columbia Journalism School. On her blog, Shifting Centres, Aditi writes about expat life and cultural experiences. She is our Culture Correspondent.

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Valerie Sisco

Valerie Sisco is the founder of Grace with Silk and is Culture with Travel’s Food Correspondent. Valerie is based in Orlando, Florida.

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Kevin Wilkerson

Kevin Wilkerson is a freelance writer who publishes the travel and nightlife blog PubClub.com. He’s the California correspondent for Culture with Travel living in Hermosa Beach, California.

Follow Kevin on Twitter!

Interested in telling your travel story? 

Become a guest blogger or regular contributor. Are you a writer, photographer, vlogger, or other artist? Apply to become a contributor. View our guest blogging page for all the details.

Follow us on social media. Join the weekly #CultureTrav chat on Twitter, follow us on Twitter, contribute a picture for our Instagram page, join our Facebook group. Share your pictures on Twitter or Instagram using the #CultureTrav hashtag to get featured.

Comments (18)

  1. Barney Conall

    15 May 2017


    My name is Barney and I work for Media Top online agency.

    We would like to commission an article from you for a fixed fee. The piece would be published on https://www.culturetrav.co/ and would be relevant content.

    Interested? Contact me and I will give you some more details about our proposal and what we do.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours truly,
    Barney Conall

    Media-Top Online Services


  2. Mong Marma

    29 Oct 2015

    Hi Nicolette,
    Thanks you for shared you link site at twitter.
    I had read about your and know, It’s excellent that you shared the experience of you and your wishes.
    I appreciate you for it.
    I am very interesting to be travel around the world and shared the awesome experience what I have achieved. As I had desire on it, therefore I am working in tourism sector and running a tour operator company in taken license from last year, you can find us if you if search by BLTGBD
    Wishing you all the best

  3. The Savvy Senorita

    01 Jul 2014

    Hey Nicolette,
    Thanks for stopping by and following The Savvy Senorita, I appreciate it!
    I look forward to reading more of your blog, as hopefully you will mine also.
    All the best, Bex

    • Nicolette

      01 Jul 2014

      Hi Bex,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and following! 🙂
      I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog as well!


      • The Savvy Senorita

        01 Jul 2014

        Hi Nicolette,

        No problem at all, my pleasure 🙂 Same to you, for my blog (thanks for visiting and reading my stuff). I look forward to reading more of your blog, and getting to know you/your work!

        Thanks again,

  4. VisitSiena

    04 Jun 2014

    thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it! 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂

    • Nicolette

      04 Jun 2014

      Thanks for visiting! I can say the very same for your blog 🙂 looking forward to reading your posts!

  5. fotoeins

    25 Feb 2014

    Nicolette, I just realized months beyond I hadn’t replied to your question. 🙂 I went to Germany (sight unseen) for work, stayed just under 2 years, and the place made a lifelong impression. I continually desire to learn as much as I can about my self-styled adopted country that is the D-land. So, when someone thinks of Germany as “Oktoberfest” and “fairy-tale castles”, that drives me nuts! I become defensive, and although there’s nothing wrong with those impressions, Germany offers so much more. I’ve also become very interested in telling a story through one photo or a set of photos; if I’m lucky, I’ll be okay to do that, and, perhaps, I’ll also wrap a few words around them for good measure.

  6. fotoeins

    15 Jun 2012

    Nicolette, thank you for following my blog. I’ve just read your fascinating background here on “About”. I definitely empathize with the multicultural aspects of your upbringing: I was born in Canada to Chinese immigrants. Two recent years in Germany, however, have left a deep (and I think) positive imprint; there’s a certain “sense of ease or comfort” I feel every time I’ve been back to Europe. I’m very much looking forward to reading your blog! Thanks again for stopping by!

    • Nicolette

      15 Jun 2012

      Hi Henry! Thank you for dropping by my blog! We both come from very multicultural backgrounds, and equally enjoy travel and photography! I can definitely relate to the ‘ease and comfort’ you mention; Europe will always be home! What inspired you to go to Germany? I’m also looking forward to viewing your posts and love the photography on your main page!

  7. pithyfish

    13 Jun 2012

    Your writing is so clear and engaging! It was a pleasure reading about your multicultural upbringing and your love of travel. I envy your position as a European- being able to easily travel to all those wonderful places! I am just making my way into the world of travel and am always looking for new ways to travel (economically) through Europe. I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Nicolette

      13 Jun 2012

      Thank you for the lovely comment! I try to be very honest and present memories or ideas as I experienced them. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel and living in Europe certainly enables easy travel –it can be economical too, not to worry! I stumbled upon your blog and enjoyed the first few posts I saw with their vivid descriptions and your sense of humor which shined through. I look forward to reading more!

  8. Barb Drummond

    04 Jun 2012

    What an amazing life you’ve had so far. Look forward to reading more of your blog. Thanks for singing up for mine. cheers

    • Nicolette

      04 Jun 2012

      Thank you for stopping by! I feel quite lucky to have traveled so much – I’m thankful my parents encouraged it. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, too!

  9. zoetic * epics

    01 Jun 2012

    what a wonderful journey and adventure you’ve had so far! and what a great place to live! i loved boston – such a pretty city!

    • Nicolette

      01 Jun 2012

      Thank you! Boston is pretty wonderful. It has a very worldly feel to it. What is your favorite destination so far?!

      • zoetic * epics

        06 Jun 2012

        Sorry for the delayed response! I replied right away – but my computer froze, and i tried to remember to come back, but you know how it is once you walk away! 😉 In answer to your question, I don’t have a favourite place. I find that each place offers something unique, hence my experiences are different for each. You can’t compare a dance lesson with a painting class, nor a lecture versus a museum visit. All which I love, but different experiences. I have so many varied interests (outdoor adventure / food / art / design / architecture / history) that I find I go to different places for different reasons. Plus, if I make friends where I travel, that becomes a biased opinion because that makes the place THAT much better! 🙂

        • Nicolette

          06 Jun 2012

          That’s a great perspective to have – every place has its unique attributes! I feel the same way! What’s lovely about travel is the ability to explore all of your favorite interests in a new location!

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