Traveling is undoubtedly the best way to experience other cultures than your own, and doing so is really important if you want to understand the world, fellow humans, and of course, yourself, better.
However, it is not always possible to travel for a variety of reasons from a lack of funds to a busy work life. If you are currently not able to travel, but you want to learn more about other cultures, here are a few things you can do:
Cook around the world
Food plays a huge part in pretty much every culture. What people eat says a lot about who they are and what they value, so a really easy way to experience other cultures is to cook one of their signature recipes. Work on your kheer recipe to learn more about India or try to perfect the perfect sausage roll if you want to connect more with the Brits, and keep trying out as many new recipes from as many different locations as you can. It won’t just be educational, it’ll be extremely tasty too.
Visit a museum
Many of us have museums nearby, that, although they are local, feature works and artifacts from many different countries or civilizations, so paying them a visit is a great way to learn more about the Romans or the artists of Paris or whatever else you might be interested in. Immerse yourself in their history and their art and you will leave with a pretty good understanding of their culture.
If you do not have any good local museums, then there are an increasing number of museums all around the globe offering virtual tours, which although not quite as good, can be just as interesting and informative on world culture. Check them out.
Watch foreign films
Instead of sticking with the big Hollywood blockbusters, why not check out all that French New Wave cinema has to offer or watch more movies made in Hong Kong? They won’t have all of the same tropes and cliches that you are used to in your culture, but you will soon start to pick up that other countries have their very own movie tropes which are quite indicative of how they think and feel as a society.
Or read a book
Great world literature is totally immersive. It enables you to feel, for a while, just how a farmer in Japan might feel or how a society lady in Paris sees the world. Yes, it might be fiction, but there is more truth in fiction than you might think.
Thanks to the internet, it has never been easier to make friends with people from all over the world, from the comfort of your own home, Take advantage of this fact to find out more about the world and its many living and breathing cultures that you might not have known before.
Culture is there to be explored, and you really don’t need to travel to get a taste of other cultures, so what are you waiting for?