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Travel has been an integral part of my life since I was a young child. I grew up in a multicultural, bilingual home in the Netherlands with a Polish mother and a Dutch father. My
A brief update: One interview video will be uploaded tomorrow evening. I believe the BBC News One-Minute World News provides well-balanced reporting of news, hence why I wanted to share it. Top stories on May
When you first meet Oluwagbeminiyi Osidipe, you encounter a very vibrant, friendly, and unique personality. Oluwagbeminiyi or Niyi – as she shortened her name for simplicity – was named by her mother, who had a “very personal experience” when she had her, Niyi explained. Niyi is a Yoruba Nigerian transplant who arrived in the U.S. in 2006. As one of the most densely populated (West) African countries, Nigeria derives its name from the river that spans its land. To the South, it borders the Gulf of Guinea to the Atlantic Ocean. Originally colonized by the British, Nigeria gained independence in 1960. Its main ethnic groups are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, who speak English and their own respective languages, while major religions include Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs. Niyi shares her story, her views on politics, cultural differences she’s embraced with humor, and what we can learn from each other by expressing curiosity. Her message is simple: travel enriches us through its exposure to new cultures, and enables us to grow.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” (American author Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad).
Have you had the opportunity to travel (extensively, within your country, or even once abroad)? Can you relate to Twain’s sentiments? How does travel enrich us?
Food has the wonderful quality of uniting us no matter where we are. There is nothing partisan or narrow-minded about food. It simply invites us to indulge, create recipes, and share with others. Two of my favorite Polish dishes (included in collage) are pierogies and barszcz czerwony – a beetroot soup – served on Christmas Eve in Poland. How does food bring us together? What are some of your favorite dishes and why? Can food trigger memories?
DEFINING STEREOTYPES: “An idea or statement about all of the members of a group or all the instances of a situation.” (Merriam-Webster). Stereotypes enable bias and preconceived notions to perpetuate, but can also reveal valid
“The world changed immeasurably over the course of 2011. Across the Middle East, North Africa, and far beyond, citizens stood up to demand respect for human dignity, more promising economic opportunities, greater political liberties, and
Brief Crisis Breakdown Since the onset of the global financial crisis, or Great Recession, in 2007, the Eurozone has feared impending growing global debt levels, as well as sovereign debt within European countries themselves. In
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing, China. Inflation, a lack of career prospects, the fall of Eastern European communism, and political corruption, are all said to have fueled anger
A cup of coffee can bridge cultural gaps. At least, that’s what Gizem Salgicil White, founder of Turkayfe.org, believes. Her organization aims to create awareness of Turkish culture, particularly within America. Gizem is a Turkish native,
Over the years, the CultureTrav blog has been featured by various online publications, participated in different campaigns, and been nominated by bloggers for awards. Our founder, Nicolette Orlemans, has also been interviewed about the #CultureTrav Twitter chat on numerous podcasts.
We’re always excited to collaborate with bloggers, and highlight their stories, or participate in expert roundups. We’re also open to partnerships with travel organizations, and here’s more on how to partner with CultureTrav.
- April 15, 2019: Why your travel brand needs to engage with Twitter chats (Portia Jones)
- April 1, 2019: Interview on Travelistas United (Travelistas United)
- Feb 15, 2019: Expat Story Collection: The Realities of Living Abroad (PackYourBags)
- The Scene in Union Gap: #SmallTownTourismChat (The Yakima-Herald Republic)
- September 15, 2018: Travel Twitter Chats: How they work and a current list (The Travel Sisters)
- July 17, 2018: The World’s Best Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys for 2018 (FlightNetwork)
- April 21, 2018: What’s your Perfume (Me and My Suitcase)
- April 2018: The World’s Ultimate Bucket List for 2018 (FlightNetwork)
- March 2018: 40 Travel Experts And Non-Profit Leaders Weigh in on the Top Travel Trends and Voluntourism – is it good or bad? (GivingWay)
- March 2018: Street Art Chat | The Best Street Art Around the World
- November: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1PP1g3/:1SOHcPh1d:TdZ9bYPZ/www.culturetrav.co/2017/11/15/getting-know-icelandic-culture (StumbleUpon)
- November: The World’s 50 Best Beaches – The World’s Hottest Beaches Ranked by the Globe’s Top Travel Professionals (FlightNetwork)
- July: Experiential Travel: 40+ Travel Experts weigh in on the Biggest Travel Trend (GivingWay)
- May: How to Use Twitter Chats (Tagalongtravel featuring #CultureTrav)
- March: 9 Cheap Spring Break Destinations for Travelers on a Budget
- February: Podcast Interview with Head, Heart & Hustle (available on iTunes)
- January: Days to Come Thailand vs. Indonesia by TourRadar
- The SpareMin Blog – Podcast
- Bucket – Valentine’s Day Ideas in New York City: http://www.likebucket.com/discover
- Gaga for Graffiti: Around the World V.4
- Liebster Award nomination
- What Kirsty Did Next: http://whatkirstydidnext.com/culture/from-poland-to-new-york-holiday-traditions/
2015 Features about #CultureTrav chat:
- “Get There | Get Lost” – Takeaways from #CultureTrav
- Travelling Beauties – http://www.ecotripsos.com/travellingbeauties/
- NY Trav Fest – http://roniweiss.com/2015/04/23/ny-trav-fest-from-idea-to-community/
CultureTrav Founder Interviews:
- Jessica Lipowki http://jessicalipowski.com/nicolette-orlemans-cultural-reflections/
- This is Not A Guidebook – http://www.thisisnotaguidebook.com/blog/travelermegapost
- The Touristin – http://www.thetouristin.com/2014/11/eyewitness-new-york-city-nicolette.html
Pink Pangea (travel posts by our founder, Nicolette Orlemans)