Cultural Travel Programs and
Immersion Travel Expert Articles
Ways You Are Already An Explorer
Amy Gigi Alexander
"Exploration today is about our
own human potential—whether it is an
inner journey or one based on discovery
outside of ourselves."
Adventure Travel: Do It Yourself by
How to research and book budget adventure
travel abroad on your own, as laid out
by a long-time world traveler and author.
the World on a Bike by
The many ways to bicycle anywhere in the
world—options ranging from independent
to luxury group travel.
by Cargo Ship Around the World by
Imagine for a moment that you are on the
deck of a ship, sipping a glass of wine.
You turn your head towards the water just
in time to spot a pod of dolphins swimming
by. After lingering in the sunshine for
a while, it's time to head inside for
a 3-course evening meal and a splash in
the pool before retiring to bed.
Now, what kind of vessel are you on?
Immersion Travel Participant Articles
Taste Daily Life in Cuba’s Bed
and Breakfasts by Lies Ouwerkerk
Wandering through Cuba via its network of casas particulares,
even some Americans can now experience the incredible resiliance of the
hospitable Cuban people and the richness of their
culture, despite all that stands in their way.
||Hospitable Tunisia and its Tantalizing Cuisine: "A Moveable Feast" For the Budget Traveler by Lies Ouwerkerk
Tunisia has so much to offer the budget traveler who loves great food, rich culture, varied landscapes, sophisticated architecture, and hospitable people.
Picking and Traditional Cooking
in Hidden Andalucía by
In Southern Spain, the magical region
of Andalucia offers options such as working
on the olive harvest, learning to taste
and distinguish the olive oils, while
enjoying traditional cooking.
Treats in Istanbul: Food by Foot by
A culinary tour of the many and varied
street foods in Istanbul turns into a
feast without end among very hospitable
||Cruising Through the Magical Desert of Northern Sudan by
Travel through Northern Sudan reveals a wealth of historical and cultural surprises.
||Jungle Karma: How a Blind Musician in Cambodia Taught Me to See by James Michael Dorsey
The author visits a jungle in Cambodia and meets a wise blind musician. The man plays a unique instrument which he offers as a gift, which results in seeing life anew.
||Seeing the Real Dominican Republic: A Stay at Tubagua Eco Lodge by
Lebawit Lily Girma
An illustrated description of an off-the-beaten path stay at a magnificent and award-winning eco lodge in the Dominican Republic, far from the usual all-inclusive beach resorts.
||Going in Circles in Myanmar by James Michael Dorsey
Taking the circle train from Yangon, Myanmar offers an entrancing inside view into a fascinating country.
||Antigua, the Soul of Guatemala by James Michael Dorsey
Venture into the world of magical Antigua, Guatemala, where ancient Mayan ritual and culture remains at the core of the city.
Rising by James Michael Dorsey
Over 1,000 ago Bagan — in what is now Myanmar — was
created as a sacred city and is now an untouched archeological
site. The author takes you to
a spiritual place of beauty tourists and Buddhists
come to revere.
on the Mekong River by
James Michael Dorsey
The Mekong River flows through parts of six countries,
carries much commerce, and is where people live colorful
lives. James Michael Dorsey paints in words and images
an iconic region.
Travel in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi,
Indonesia by Lies Ouwerkerk
A richly illustrated voyage to the land,
culture, and people who practice a unique
and very colorful form of animism.
||A Guide to Slow Immersion Travel in Playa Samára, Costa Rica by
How to learn to embrace slow immersion travel and living in idyllic Playa Sámara, Costa Rica
the Footsteps of Field Biologist
Alfred Wallace: Exploring the Islands
of the Indonesian Archipelago by
An extraordinary and visually compelling
voyage following Darwin's contemporary
and collaborator path through the islands
of Indonesia on a "Pinisi."
the Blue Men: Travel, Ritual, and Adventure
with a Tuareg Nomadic Tribe in Mali by
James Michael Dorsey
A nomadic tribe in Mali graciously invite an adventurous
author into their clan, where he witnesses their unique
rituals and lives.
Botswana by Rob Sangster
A safari (Swahili for "journey") experience
in Botswana reveals not only incredible
wildlife but a new emphasis on ecology.
||Cycling South Africa’s Cape and Winelands by
A physical and cultural adventure on and around Cape South Africa combining cycling, wine tasting, and much more.
Accommodation in Italy: More Privacy
than a B&B and More Authenticity
than a Hotel
A brilliant idea in Italy allowing visitors
interested in cultural travel to stay
in apartments that offer more privacy
than a B&B and
more authenticity than a hotel.
Tea and Starlight in Wadi, Jordan by
Amy E. Robertson
Family travel to a desert camp turns into
a genuine physical and cultural adventure,
guided by the Bedouins, and staying in
localized accommodation—in this
case a tent.
of the Arctic: Voyage by Icebreaker
Ship Along the Edge of the World by
Traveling on an icebreaker had been on
my wish list for quite a long time. Polar
expeditions do not come cheap, however,
as icebreakers are extremely expensive
to run, due to high fuel costs and crew/staff—passenger
ratio. But when an extra work contract
fell unexpectedly into my lap this year,
I jumped on the sudden opportunity to
make my dream come true.
Making in Northern Italy: A Journey to Learn
a Traditional Culinary Art by Jeff
A journey to Northern Italy is highlighted by two
unique experiences where the author learns how to
make two different types of pasta by hand, in the
traditional manner, at two different cooking schools.
Immersion Travel in the Dolomites
of Italy by Lara Giavi
An Italian guide through the small region
in the Italian Dolomites by exploring
its many traditions while traveling slow.
||Top Mountain Towns to Learn Spanish in Latin America and Spain
Schools that Combine Language Learning and Cultural Tours by
Mary Beth Strawn
Six of the top language schools to learn Spanish and experience cultural tours in Latin America and Spain.
||Lost in Marrakesh, Morocco by Kevin Dimetres
A journey into the labyrinth that is Marrakesh, where ancient doors or all types and shapes, winding streets, and colorful traditional crafts suggest mysterious stories.
Travel With a Group: Enjoy the Convenience
and Camaraderie of a Tour, While
Still Having Your Own Adventure
Jeanne F. Becker offer tips on how she
and her husband maintained their travel
independence even while participating
in a group tour to China.
the Journey While You Travel Abroad
Jeff Titelius provides a collection of
slow cultural immersion travel vignettes
experienced in Europe, which are more
about the journey than the destination,
and are beautifully photographed.
in Eastern Europe
Tim Leffel describes some of the many
cycling options in Eastern Europe. Biking
options range from organizations which
provide itineraries for independent cyclists
to group cycling tours, and may include
visits to wineries.
Vacations Offer a Grassroots Taste
Senior travel editor Alison Gardner describes
the options for a canal and river barging
vacation which allows time for cultural
exploration at a slow pace.
Glimpses of Canada's Wild West Coast
Alison Gardner on her trip aboard a historic
boat which visits Canadas's west coast
shoreline and culturally rich islands
with Mothership Adventures tours.
Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche,
Shanie Matthews describes 10 adventure
activies to be enjoyed in beautiful and
eclectic San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
while providing resources.
in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert
Friedel Rother provides inside practical
information for those who wish to partake
in a memorable cultural and physical adventure
in the desert.
Travel in the 21st Century
Senior travel editor Alison
Gardner describes the history to date
of spiritual travel, and goes into the
nature of the motives and cultural experience.
Alison describes how spiritual travel
has changed in the 21st century while
providing ample resources.
about Burgundy Wines on a Budget:
Combine Cycling Through the Vineyards
and Drinking Fine Wine
Experienced oenophile and tour guide Michael
Kerwin takes you on a trip through Burgundy
and offers tips for drinking great wine
on a budget while cycling to enjoy the
beautiful countryside of this region of
and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through
Bordeaux and offers tips for drinking
great wine while cycling through the countryside.
Immersion Travel and Living in Palma
How to practice slow immersion travel
and living in Palma de Mallorca, by Paul
Adventure Surfing on the Cheap in
Ben Keene on learning to surf at a surfing
school in Penzance, a port in Cornwall,
Paris by Bike
Michele Peterson describes a different
way to see the great city of Paris.
and Learning About Wines in New
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through
two areas of New Zealand and offers tips
for learning to find great wine while
cycling and enjoying the countryside.
the Diversity of Provence: The Foods,
Wines, Markets, and Cultural Life
Beebe Baharmi, Ph.D. explores
the culinary and cultural diversity of
Provence from one of its richest historical
centers in Avignon, France.
Europe on the Run
Taylor Chase on why seeing Eastern Europe
on the run is one of the best ways to
immerse yourself in the culture and ambiance
of cities such as Budapest, Prague, and
Festivals in LIttle Tibet: Ladakh,
Victor Paul Borg takes us on a cultural
voyage to Little Tibet, where the festivals,
rituals, people, and ancient culture take
place within the magical landscapes of
to Plan Your Own Tibetan Trekking
Andris Bjornson describes options for
trekking adventures in Tibet. He provides
excellent practical survival resources
and travel advice.
Three Best Hot Spring Resorts in
Stephen Carr describes the top hot spring
resorts in Japan and provides inside tips
on enjoying a unique Japanese cultural
and Cultural Travel in the South
Regina Winkle-Bryan describes some
of the many educational travel and cultural
travel options available in the south
of Spain, including dancing schools, horse-riding
schools, and language schools offering
Flamenco and Spanish in Granada,
Spain: Experience the Rich Culture
with a Short Immersion Program
Mariette Tachdjian decribes her experience
studying flamenco in the rich cultural
city of Granada, which lies at the heart
of the Andalusian region of southern Spain.
Thai in Chiang Mai
Michelle McCue describes her experience
at a cooking school in Thailand.
Markets of Oaxaca
Ron Mader describes the many and varied
markets in Oaxaca, Mexico and provides
tips for shopping responsibly.
and Nature-Based Travel in Costa
Rica: A Group Trip Provides a Rich
Amy Angelilli on nature and
adventure tours in Costa Rica which offer
discoveries of some of the best the country
has to offer.
David A. Smith describes a safari
adventure tour in Mozambique for those
who travel on a budget.
Desert Escape in Egypt
Nicole Feliciano found an escape
from the bustling streets of Cairo on
a private desert safari.
on Samos Island in Greece
Artist Donia Lilly provides a tour of
the natural and cultural attractions of
the relatively unknown island of Samos,
Greece and describes how adventure sports
tourism may help contribute to sustaining
its natural beauty and economy.
Rebirth of an Island: Thailand ’s
Koh Phi Phi Dive Camp Is Open for
Chris MItchell describes the renaissance
of one of the most beautiful islands,
and finest scuba diving locations in Thailand
after a remarkable post-tsunami clean-up
spearheaded by volunteers..
In Thailand: Study for Self-Defense
or Just for Fitness
AJ Hoge paints a picture of the experience
while providing practical resources for
the study of increasingly popular Muay
Thai kickboxing in Thailand.
to Learn in France: Vacation Courses
Offer Opportunities for Immersion
Anna Gibson describes the many vacation
and cultural travel options in France.
Sarah Massey describes how she arranged
her own program painting in France after
Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Alison Gardner describes her
exhilarating trip in a hot air balloon
over the volcanic landscapes and stone-house
communities in Cappadocia, Turkey. She
also provides resources for ballooning
in beautiful locations around the world.
to Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder
Martin Li on responsible cultural travel
in the still unspoiled and magical Kingdom
to Okinawa: The Center for Martial
Nolan Webb describes how to
travel and train in Okinawa, Japan - the
virtual mecca for those who have dedicated
their lives to the study of the martial
Adventure Travel in the Dominican
Republic: Inexpensive if You Go
On Your Own
Barbara Gail Warden shares her experience
of the many options for budget adventure
travel in the beautiful land of the Dominican
Ann Woodyard reports on a rustic
cooking school in Tuscany.
and Tango in Argentina
Andrea Gourgy provides tips
based upon her experience learning to
dance the Tango in Buenos Aires.
and Learn Spanish and Buenos Aires
Catherine M. Thomas exults in
life in Argentina with the Instituto de
Lengua Española para Extranjeros
and Whitewater Kayaking in Chile
Ann Beman describes her learning
adventure in Chile, where she participated
in whitewater rafting while improving
Travel With a Group
R.M. O'Brien, a tour leader,
on the pros and cons of leaving decisions
to others when traveling abroad.
Wine Tour: The Mosel, Ahr, and Franken
Wine Regions of Germany
A.M. Roos, Ph.D. describes a wine tour
through the Mosel, Ahr and Franken in
regions of Germany while offering a taste
of the land and painting pictures of the
Daniela Persike on rock climbing
with Sharks in South Africa
Sharon Harris participated in
a program in South Africa which dispelled
all myths about sharks.
to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica:
Indulge in a Sustainable Adventure
82-year old Katherine McIntyre describes
an adventure tour on a great rafting river
in Costa Rica where the destination is
a sustainable lodge down the river.
Ben Pretorius on the tough but
rewarding Fish River Canyon hiking trail.
Hope Wall on a great way to
see the continent and meet the natives.
Touring In Europe
Rick Steves and Kathy Widing
provide practical information on European
bicycling adventures and bicycling tours.
Biking in the Alps
Mark Diorio on the adventures
he experienced mountain biking through
Kevin Revolinski on an untouristed
and inexpensive place to dive and eat.
Janet Williams says that camping
in Africa is the best form of immersion
with the people, the culture, and the
wildlife and provides tips and resources
on how to do so respectfully.
Arts in Northern Ireland
Rhonda Strickland on the many
art festivals and cultural travel options
in Northern Ireland.
in the Yucatan
Lauryn Axelrod tells her story
of "unique week-long painting, writing,
biking, cooking, sea kayaking, snorkeling,
fishing, nature watching, and other art
and adventure workshops based in a secluded
ecolodge on the beach".