Cultural Travel means experiencing life from within a foreign culture, rather than from the point of view of a temporary visitor. Cultural travelers leave their home environment at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to become part of the culture they visit. Cultural travel goes beyond exploration, and involves a complete transformation in way of life.

The definition of Cultural Travel is often distorted by travel agents, tour operators and international tourism organizations. Culture primarily has to do with people and less with places or things. So visiting museums, touring ancient structures, attending festivals, and eating local food does not provide the same experience as becoming a member of the culture itself.

The antithesis of cultural travel is tourism, where people bring their home environment with them wherever they go, and apply it to whatever they see. Tourists are closed to experience outside of the superficial.

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