Cultural Tourism Travel

By PointsandTravel ✈ | Cultural tourism is the subset of tourism concerned with a country or region's culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life. Many times I travel for this specific purpose to try to understand a land and its people.

A Japanese Culture Experience: Aomori, Japan

Photo by PointsandTravel<p>As luck would have it, I finally had a chance to make my very first visit to Japan! It had been on my bucket list for quite …


Exploring 7 Cultural Points of Interest in Sri Lanka

Shares 747<p>Ayubowan. This gentle Sri Lankan greeting means “long life” and is presented with prayer hands and a smile. Think of it as the “aloha” of …


Dublin Literary Tour for Book Nerds and Library Lovers

Shares 200<p>Ireland has one of the oldest literary histories in Western Europe. It has a cultural history that spans time from beautifully illustrated …


Meet the Men Who Literally Dance With Scissors

Forget running with scissors; this competitive Quechua dance takes danger to the next level. (Don’t try this at home.)<p>For more than 500 years, the heart-stopping clanging of the <i>Danza de Tijeras</i> has echoed throughout the Andean mountains.<p>Named for the pair of iron rods each dancer wields in his …

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Italy Vacations – Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation

Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes …


Best Offbeat Destinations to Celebrate Carnaval

<i>“Like Mardi Gras and Halloween rolled into a public party at the Playboy mansion, Rio during Carnaval is like no other place on earth. And the</i> …



The Color Block Favelas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Travel to IndonesiaI think back in my mind as I traveled to Indonesia, and it races to the morning when I had a chance to escape the stunningly …


Incredible Egg Art Will Awe You


Chopines: Renaissance platform shoes popularly worn in Venice by both courtesans and patrician women

Chopines are platform shoes that were worn by women in the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Made with a very tall wooden platform, these shoes protected …


Travel to Indonesia to learn the Art of Batik

I noticed the wrinkles in his face as he stood mute, lips tightly pressed against each other with the skin on his neck muscles taut. He was a thin …


A very Mexican Easter: Crucifixion and a flirty fiesta

The sun beats down and I strain to hear Jesus’ voice as he stops at the Fourth Station of the Cross on his path to crucifixion. I’m one of the few …


The Power of Travel Seen Through the Eyes of a Travel Company

Most days I write about my travel experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly… But mostly I write about the wonderful travel experiences that I feel …


Chicken on the Run Near Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our …


The Time I Went to a Royal Wedding in India

Indian Weddings<p>Indian weddings. The phrase brings to mind things like colors, family, huge celebrations and music. And food – lots of food. I had …


The Magnificent Masselina Estate and Their Gentle Women of Faenza, Italy

Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Yes …


Kecak Dance at Pura Tanah Lot Bali

Picture this: a bunch of Balinese men dancing around a ceremonial fire, wearing checkered cloths in monotone around their waist, chanting “cak” and …


Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar

Updated August 2015<p>By Cacinda Maloney<p>Petra, Jordan By Night – A Practical Guide<p>Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the …

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The town of Avanos is located 15 kilometers from Nevsehir. In antiquity the place was called Vanessa, which is „the town on the river“ in Latin. …


Ultimate Travel Guide to Siem Reap-Cambodia for 2017

“Eat, Pray, Love” has the surprising ability to fill you up with the will to cross oceans and the see the world. Cambodia offers the perfect …

Asia Travel

Carnival of Venice

Photo by Donnie SextonHands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to …


Celebrating Island-style: Festivals of the Bahamas

Year-round sunshine, crystal clear waters, and hundreds of white sand beaches: welcome to the Bahamas! This island chain is only a short plane ride …


Myanmar’s Water Dwellers of Inle Lake

Myanmar BurmaTravelers to Myanmar are there to explore the thousands of pagodas and temples that characterize this country (formerly known as Burma). …


India’s forgotten African tribe

An African-origin ethnic tribe of about 20,000 people has been living in near total obscurity in India for centuries.<p>The past few months in India have been mired in controversy due to a string of racist and fatal incidents targeting African immigrants living in the country. But what few Indians …


The last nomads of Iran

Numbering just 400,000, the Qashqai are a strong and proud people who are fiercely resisting assimilation into mainstream Iranian society.


The Moroccan town drenched in blue

When the townswomen gave their drab village a makeover, it turned Chefchaouen into one of the most unlikely – and successful – destinations in Morocco.


Travel - The mysterious masked women of Iran


A lake that hides a 500-year-old secret

Laguna de los Condores is one of the country’s most important Inca sites – but only 150 people trek to this remote spot each year.<p>High in the remote northwestern Andes is a stunning mountain lake that’s held a secret for more than 500 years.<p>Laguna de los Condores, located in northern Peru’s remote …