Culture Club

No matter where you travel, you are undoubtedly going to experience a different culture.. even if it’s just crossing State lines or going to a different city or town.

Every place has its own identity that makes it unique

In New Zealand, you can definitely tell the differences separating each of the four major cities: Auckland is very cosmopolitan and has a large ethnic diversity; Wellington has a cool, hip vibe to it; Christchurch is (was) very English in its layout; and Dunedin, known as a ‘University Town’ has a large student population.

Sydney
When I moved to Australia, I experienced a massive cultural shock. Even though both Australia & New Zealand speak English, there are a lot of things that we have different words for – even now, after 13 years, I still get teased when I say certain things

It’s the same no matter where you go. Just because you’re moving around the same country, doesn’t mean you aren’t going to experience a different culture in each new place you visit.

What is great about it is that you don’t have to travel to far away places to experience a world that is completely different to yours.

Houses of Parliament
Despite the complete & utter differences, London is the only place other than my own hometown where I have felt completely at home

In recent years, mostly through this blog, I have been exposed to a lot of people who want to travel but for various reasons are finding it hard to. I use to have the mindset of “if you want to go then go, the only thing holding you back is you”. I have recently changed my tune on this and have been trying to promote travel wherever/whenever you can – that might simply be going to a neighbouring city or even to a suburb in your own city that you haven’t visited before.

Yes travelling overseas (and sometimes within your own country) can be a privilege. It is expensive and yeah, I could be using the money I’ve spent on travel on something, something more tangible.

Top of the Rock
New York City completely overwhelmed me and I might have liked Washington DC a hell of a lot more but I wouldn’t have exchanged experiencing this view for anything

I travel because I want to.

I travel because I want to escape my life for just one moment.

I travel because I don’t know what else to do.

I think it’s in my blood.

I travel because I want to experience other cultures. Other points of view. To learn from/about people I wouldn’t normally come across in my every day life.

But it doesn’t mean I have to leave the country, or even the city, to experience different cultures.

 

Brisbane Streets
Local Irish pub in Brisbane. Experiencing a different culture can be as easy as going to a restaurant, pub or attending a cultural event like St Paddy’s Day in your own city.

 

via Daily Prompt: Culture


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